World's Richest Self-Made Women Billionaires

Oprah Winfrey is NOT the only self-made female billionaire in the world. In fact, the new Forbes 2011 billionaires list  shows that the highest number of self-made billionaire women come from China,t

Oprah Winfrey is NOT the only self-made female billionaire in the world. In fact, the new Forbes 2011 billionaires list  shows that the highest number of self-made billionaire women come from China,topping the list is Wu Yajun.

Only 14 of the world's 1,210 billionaires are women who made their own money rather than inherited all or part of it.


14 1.Wu Yajun

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Real Estate ,self-made

Age:47 , China

The richest self-made woman in the world is a former journalist. Wu graduated from the Department of Navigation Engineering of the Northwestern Polytechnical University in 1984, and from 1988 to 1993 worked as a journalist and editor with the China Shirong News Agency. Shares in Wu's Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Longfor Properties rose by a quarter from a year earlier, and contract sales for 2010 soared 81% from a year earlier to $5 billion. From its roots in Chongqing in central China, Longfor has been expanding in relatively profitable markets in first-tier cites. Longfor listed its shares in Hong Kong Nov. 2009. Wu shares her fortune with her husband, who also holds a stake in the company.

13 2.Rosalia Mera

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Zara, self-made

Age: 67 , Spain

Marital Status: Divorced  , Children: 2

Helped then husband Amancio Ortega make dressing gowns, lingerie in their home. It became one of world's most successful apparel manufacturers, Inditex, which owns Zara stores. Couple divorced years ago, but Mera still holds 7% stake; at time of IPO, also got $600 million in cash, which she's invested in a Spanish film production outfit, a marine fish farming group, a company that looks for cancer treatments in compounds found in the sea and a maker of a fingerprinting identification system for newborns. Her Paideia Foundation helps people with physical and mental disabilities.

12 3.Zhang Xin

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Real estate, self-made

Age:45 , China,

Marital Status: Married ,Children: 2

Founded and runs Beijing property developer Soho China with her husband, Pan Shiyi. Last year made the biggest land purchase in Beijing by a non-state-owned company, $586 million for 12 acres. Earned a master's degree in development economics from Cambridge University in 1992. Got start at international firms Goldman Sachs, Travelers Group.

11 4.Chu Lam Yiu

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Flavorings, self-made

Age:41 , Hong Kong ,Marital Status: Married

Hong Kong tycoon chairs Huabao International, which makes tobacco flavorings for China's top cigarette makers; also makes fragrances and food flavorings for use in detergents, beverages, dairy products and cosmetics. Founded the company a decade ago and took it public through a reverse takeover. Sold chunk of shares in 2008 and again in October 2009; still owns big stake.

10 5.Oprah Winfrey

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Television, self-made

Age: 57 , United States

Title: Media Personality  ,Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Marital Status: Single, Citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Born to single teenage mother, Oprah grew up on grandmother's farm in Mississippi. Moved to Wisconsin where she says she was a victim of sexual abuse. Talk show debuted in 1986, now a haven for women worldwide. Guests range from celebrities to politicians to victims of abuse. Expanded empire includes broadcasts around world, O magazine, esteemed book club and "favorite things" lists. Daytime talk queen is moved show to a night slot on the new Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel.

9 6.Giuliana Benetton

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Benetton, self-made

Age: 73 , Italy

In 1965 formed Benetton Group with siblings: Luciano, Carlo and Gilberto. The $2.7 billion (sales) clothing company sells brands like United Colors of Benetton, Sisley. Edizione, the family holding company, owns stakes in Atlantia, one of world's largest toll-road companies, and Autogrill restaurants, which serve customers on highways and in airports around the world. Giuliana originally knitted sweaters that brother Luciano would then peddle by bicycle.

8 7.Doris Fisher

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Gap, self-made

Age: 79 , United States

Founded Gap in 1969 with her late husband Donald, who died in September of cancer at age 81. Originally a San Francisco jeans and music store, Gap empire grew to more than 3,000 locations and expanded to include Banana Republic, Gap Kids and Old Navy. Owns large contemporary art collection. Handed control to sons John, Robert and William in 2004.

7 8.Xiu Li Hawken

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Real estate, self-made

Age: 48 , United Kingdom

Marital Status: Married

London resident is the main shareholder of Hong Kong-listed Chinese real estate company Renhe Commercial Holdings, which specializes in underground shopping malls. It's been a rough ride for investors that purchased the company's IPO in October 2008; shares have tanked by 35%. Renhe in January said it would pay $292 million for an 80% stake in properties in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. Hawken, who has been chairperson since 2002, assists directors in formulating strategies, according to the company's prospectus. Hawken holds an undergraduate degree in Chinese literature from Heilongjiang University. Her brother Dai Yongge is the company's CEO. Dai's wife Zhang Xingmei is also on Renhe's board of directors.

6 9.Chan Laiwa

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Real estate, self-made

Age: 70 , China

Marital Status: Married

"Cultural diplomat" of China chairs Fu Wah International Group, one of Beijing's largest commercial property developers. Fu Wah's biggest project, Jinbao Street in the city's Chaoyang district, includes Regent Hotel, the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Ferrari and Lamborghini as partners. Fu Wah launched its first luxury residential project "Mandarin Court" in Beijing last December. The average asking price: $12,000 per square meter. Chan is also curator and founder of China Red Sandalwood Museum located in the Jinbao area.

5 10.Yan Cheung

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Paper , self-made

Age: 54 ,China

Marital Status: Married ,Children: 1

China's paper queen makes a big comeback: Worth $265 million in October 2008.Daughter of a Guangdong Province army officer and eldest of eight children, Yan got her start importing waste paper in Hong Kong in 1985. After a stint running a recycling plant in the U.S., Yan returned to China to launch Nine Dragons (whose name implies "highest fortune") with her husband Liu Ming Ching and brother Zhang Chengfei. All three are billionaires; she is chairman.

4 11.Meg Whitman

Net worth: $1.3 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Ebay, self-made

Age: 54 , United States

Marital Status: Married ,Children: 2The former eBay chief may have dug $144 million deep into her pocket book for her failed run at the California governor's seat in November, but her finances--and ranking--are up thanks to her remaining eBay stock's performance. In addition to her personal coffers Whitman raised $30 million from supporters including ex-Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang in what was the costliest state-level campaign in U.S. history. Joined eBay in 1998; led through Internet boom and bust. Expanded services to Europe, Asia, Latin America. Acquired PayPal, Skype, StubHub. Resigned from boards of eBay, Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks last year to concentrate on gubernatorial race. Earlier in her career, Princeton grad had worked at P&G, Disney and Hasbro.

3 12.Elena Baturina

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Construction, self-made

Age: 48 , Russia

Marital Status: Married ,Children: 2

Powerful wife of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov started out as a factory worker, then entered the Moscow Institute of Management. In 1991 started plastic-products company Inteko, which produced furniture and crockery but has since expanded into construction and construction materials. Froze construction on several expensive real estate projects in Moscow as result of 2008 financial crisis. Now her newly formed company, Patriot, is focusing on affordable housing. Helped restore gigantic monument, Worker and Collective Farmer, reinstalled in November 2009, at a cost of $100 million.

2 13.Lei Jufang

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Pharmaceuticals, self-made

Age: 58 , China

The self-made billionaire runs Tibet Cheezheng Tibetan Medicine, which makes ointments, plasters and powders designed to relieve pain and respiratory problems. Shares, first publicly offered in August 2010, trade at 46 times trailing earnings. Has a degree in vacuum physics.

1 14.J.K. Rowling

Net worth: $1 billion

Net Worth Last Calculated: March 2011

Source: Harry Potter, self-made

Age: 45 , United Kingdom , Residence: Edinburgh, Scotland

Marital Status: Married , Children: 3

The World's richest Author and Harry Potter Author.The Harry Potter series has earned $6.4 billion at the global box office and the last film hits theaters this summer. Between the films, books, merchandise and amusement park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., Rowling is worth $1 billion. If she never comes up with another good idea, she will be able to collect Harry Potter money for the rest of her life. Rowling wrote the first Potter books while a single mother living on welfare. She wrote the last book in the upscale Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Source: Forbes Self-made Women billionaires 2011

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