We have been told time and again that “It’s a man’s world”, and there are many believers of it even today. However, history and modern times have given us some of the most influential women who have played many crucial roles in the history. Women have always paved the path in every industry and in some cases, there even have been many women entrepreneurs who have outshone their male counterparts.
Today, we see that women entrepreneurs are leading one in five startups across the world. There has been tremendous growth in the number of female founders over the past few years from countries like the United States, France, and Belgium leading the wagon. So celebrating these powerful women across the globe, let’s take a look around some of the famous and inspiring women entrepreneurs who have made their mark in this entrepreneurial world.
With the net worth of $2.4 Billion, Cher Wang is the co-founder and CEO of HTC Corporation, the well-known mobile technology company. A Taiwanese entrepreneur and a philanthropist, she is one of the most powerful and influential women in the wireless industry who founded the company along with Peter Chou in 1997. At one point in time, HTC made one in every six smartphones that were sold in the United States and accounted for 20% of the smartphone market. However, at present, HTC is battling with its drop in its sales and for which Wang is giving her best to revive the company. Cher Wang is ranked at #54 on Forbes most powerful women’s list and has been featured in 2010, 2011, and 2012 on Forbes world’s billionaire’s list.
Founder of Spanx, a multi-million dollar undergarment company is what made Sara Blakely one of the America’s youngest self-made female billionaire. With an estimated net worth of $1 Billion, Blakely was featured in Time magazine’s “Time 100” annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She tried her hand at everything from a short stint at Disney to selling fax machines for 7 years, but it was the intimate apparel company Spanx that has made her what people call her as the “Wonder Woman” of the modern day. She founded the company when she was only 29 with her $5000 in savings, who is now married with four children and is ranked at #90 on Forbes List of being the Power Woman.
There is hardly anyone who hasn’t heard of Indra Nooyi, the Chairperson, and CEO of the second largest Food and Beverages Company on the globe, Pepsico. An Indian-born American businesswoman, Indra Nooyi started her career in India with Johnson & Johnson and progressed over the years from Boston Consulting Group and Motorola to now heading Pepsico. For several years she has been ranked by the Forbes magazine in the lists of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”. She was also named as one of the “25 Greatest Global Living Legends” by NDTV and was awarded by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
Founder of the Pulitzer Prize winning Huffington Post which was launched in 2005 and later purchased by AOL in 2011, Arianna Huffington is a well-known name in the world of media. She is also the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, a startup dedicated to health and well-being. She is the author of more than a dozen books with ‘Thrive’ and ‘The Sleep Revolution’ being the latest. With net worth being estimated around $50 million, she has been featured in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” and has been ranked at #70 by Forbes in the category of Power Women.
With the net worth of $2.3 Billion, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the richest self-made entrepreneur of India who is the founder and chairperson of Biocon, an Indian Biopharmaceutical company based in Bangalore. She is the pioneer of the biotechnology industry and Biocon is Asia’s largest insulin producer with the aim of acquiring 10% global market share. While she started Biocon out of her garage, the company has grown competitive globally over the years and has been only the second Indian company to reach $1 billion on its first trading day after going public. She has her name in the Time magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in the World”, “World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma” by Fierce Biotech, and Fortune’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific”. She ranks #973 in the world and #49 in India on the Billionaires list, #77 in the category of Power Women by Forbes, and was also awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur by France, which is the highest civilian honor for her outstanding contribution in the field of bioscience.
While these are just the tip of the iceberg, there are several women entrepreneurs who are influential and are shining not just in the business world, but they are bringing about change in our day to day lives as well!
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