When we talk about business and entrepreneurship, we usually think of men. The symbols of leaders and bosses are usually men. However we mustn’t forget that among the most influential people of the world, there are many women.
Here’s our non-exhaustive list of the most influential women of the world. Woman who are reading this right now, I hope that one day your name will also be on these lists. Chase your dreams and make them come true!
Businesswoman and philanthropist — Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Having many awards and being honorary to many charities and institutions, she was also the Person Of The Year in 2005.
Since 2000 they have founded more than $33 million for charities with his husband.
Actress, Director/Producer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist — Host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
Struggling as child and adolescent, Oprah was still able to start her career in the media, leading to becoming one of the most iconic television hosts of all time.
Being CEO in multiple corporations and having a net worth of $3.1 billion, Oprah Winfrey is definitely one woman to look up to.
She’s the perfect role model to motivate you to become the next well-known woman entrepreneur.
Businessperson — Founder and CEO of Alibaba Group
Studying economics and being one of the founders of Alibaba, she climbed her way to the top of the career ladder, becoming the CEO of Alibaba Small and Micro Financial Services Group.
Having $1.2 billion of estimated net worth, she is the third richest woman in the tech industry.
Business leader, engineer, computer programmer — CEO of Yahoo
Being excellent from a young age, she was always the best among other students. She wanted to become a pediatric neurosurgeon, but then she changed her mind and started studying symbolic systems.
Marissa started her career at Google, being the first engineer there. 13 years later she was appointed as the CEO of Yahoo.
Family is as important to her as Yahoo: she lives in a happy marriage, they have 3 children.
Now she has a net worth of $410 million (estimated).
Economist, businessperson — CEO of SOHO China
Being a poor child, she worked to save money for her education. Later she worked for Barings and Goldman Sachs, and returned to HongKong to found Hongshi (later SOHO) with her husband in 1995. It is the largest real estate developer of China, giving Zhang a net worth of $3.6 billion.
Fashion designer, businesswoman, philanthropist — CEO and designer at Tory Burch LLC
Besides having the Tory Burch fashion label with 160 stores worldwide, Tory also pays attention to philanthropy. Together with Bank of America, Tory launched Elizabeth Street Capital to help women entrepreneurs get access to low-cost capital.
As for 2015, her net worth is estimated to a billion dollars.
Entrepreneur — chairman and managing director at Biocon
Kiran studied biology and zoology, and worked as a trainee manager at Biocon Biochemicals Ltd in Ireland. Later she returned to India, and became the first biotech entrepreneur of her country: founded Biocon in 1978.
Biocon has been developing ever since: it has started with enzymes and expanded into the field of pharmaceuticals too.
Net worth: $994 million
Economist — Co-founder of HTC
It was only a year after receiving her degree that she joined the company FIC, and after co-founding VIA in 1987, she co-founded HTC in 1997.
She is also a philanthropist, she has donated a significant amount of money to help those in need.
As of 2015, she has an estimate net worth of $1.6 billion.
Businesswoman — founder and joint CEO of Bet365
She obtained her degree in econometrics, and later studied accounting working in the family’s business.
In 2000, she purchased bet365.com and it took a year for her to complete the betting site. Since then, Bet365 has grown into one of the largest online gambling companies, which she runs with her brother John.
In 2012, she’s set up the Bet365 Foundation donating more than $140 million to UK charities.
Denise’s net worth is around $4 billion.
Physicist, chemist, manager — Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCO
She joined PepsiCO in 1994 and was appointed as CFO in 2006. This led to becoming the CEO of the company in 2006.
She has won numerous honorary awards and she’s has some memberships and associations.
Indra’s overall net worth is $144 million.
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