UK’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs 2011- Richest Women In Britain

The likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the Google guys are well publicised. And while the figures suggest it’s still very much a man’s world when it comes to billionaires (the top 9 richest people in the world are all men), the world’s richest women also receive their fair share of press attention.

But what about the ladies who made their way onto the rich list not through inheritance, but through their own hard graft and business acumen?

Using figures from Forbes and other sources,  Money.co.uk compiled this list of female entrepreneurs who have built themselves and their fortunes from the ground up.

Looking at the fortunes of both the top ten in the whole world and also just those in the UK, they have listed profiles of each influential women, their net worth and, purely for dramatic effect, what they could buy with their extensive fortunes.


1. J.K Rowling

Net worth: $1 billion (£624m)

jo rowling’s success is the archetypal rags to riches story. while living on state welfare, she began writing what was to become one of the world’s most profitable book franchises. rowling was given a $2,400 (£1,500) advance on harry potter and the philosopher’s stone in 1995, and was advised by her publishing company to get a day job as financial success for the book was slim.

what she could buy with her net fortune:

The White House, nearly four times over. (which would give her a total of 528 rooms to write in)


2. Jacqueline Gold

Net worth: $860 million (£537m)

Gold worked a few low-paying jobs, including work experience at her father’s newly acquired ann summers chain of stores. it was here that she hit upon the idea of the ann summers party plan – a home marketing scheme for selling sex toys and lingerie.

what she could buy with her net fortune:

1,933,333,333 pints of milk… that’s enough to fill 440 Olympic swimming pools.


3. Martha Lane Fox

Estimated net worth: $500 million (£313m) (estimated)

Martha Lane Fox founded lastminute.com alongside brent hoberman at the peak of the dot com bubble. lane fox stood down from the company in 2003, just as the profits started to fall. lastminute.com was sold in early 2005.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

4 and a half London eyes. (or 14.7 million tickets to ride the attraction itself)


4. Karren Brady

Estimated net worth: $131 million (£82m) (estimated)

Heralded as the first lady of british football, karen brady started out in advertising but quickly caught the keen eye of publisher david sullivan. Under his encouragement and financial backing, she bought and managed birmingham f.c. at the age of 23.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

Nearly 700,000 tesco value footballs


5. Rita Sharma

Estimated net worth: $71m (£44m) (estimated)

Sharma is the uk’s richest asian female entrepreneur and with her husband, rahul sharma, is within the top twenty richest asian families in britain. she got to the top with worldwide journeys, a bespoke london travel agency established in 1986.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

178 average priced houses in the united kingdom, with enough left over to pay the council tax on most of them for a year.


6. Michelle Mone

Estimated net worth: $63M (£39M) (estimated)

Mone grew up in relative poverty in Glasgow before finding work as a model. After running a sales and marketing team for the Labatt’s brewing company, she made the decision to create a range of support bras after the idea came to her whilst wearing an uncomfortable bra during a dinner parter. MJM International Ltd followed soon after and took Mone to great fame and fortune.

What she could buy with her net fortune

Average annual mortgage bills (including council tax) for 2,161 people in Britain.


7. Deborah Meaden

Estmated net worth: $63M (£39M) (estimated)

Well known as her appearances in BBC’s show Dragon’s Den, Somerset-born Meaden ran a string of successful businesses but made the maority of her wealth in the family tourism industry. It is estimated that she has invested over £1.5 million during the course of her run on Dragon’s Den.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

A 2,191 year stay at Butlin’s holiday camp.


8. Katie Price

Estimated net worth: $57M (£36M) (estimated)

Katrina Amy Alexandria Alexis Infield, better known as Katie Price or her pseudonym Jordan, started her road to financial success as a topless glamour model for The Sun. Her controversial relationships and various business ventures have ensured she is never too far from the public eye.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

over 5 million retail copies of her début fiction novel.


9. Nicola Horlick

Estimated net worth: $36M (£23M) (estimated)

Dubbed Supermum by the tabloids for bringing up six children and juggling her duties as a hedge fund manager during the eighties and nineties. Her current company, Bramdean Asset Management, brought her huge success following a high-flying (though turbulent) London finance career. It is believed her wealth was affected as a direct result of Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme. Her next project seems to be in film.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

3 million film tickets at Odeon.  (double the figure if she has an Orange phone contract.)


10. Delia Smith

Estimated net worth: $36M (£23M) (estimated)

Smith’s foray into cookery came at the young age of 16 following a compliment from her then-boyfriend. A short stint on television followed in the early seventies and her rise to fame has snowballed since then – her influence as one of the country’s most popular chefs was demonstrated when her show Delia’s How to Cook aired in 1998 and subsequently caused a 10% rise in egg sales.

What she could buy with her net fortune:

Around 86 million average priced eggs.  (it would take nearly 300,000 years for a single hen to produce this amount)


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UK’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs 2011- Richest Women In Britain