The Richest Self-Made Women In The United States

By on March 18, 2017 in ArticlesBillionaire News

Today, some of the U.S.'s biggest companies, brands, products and technological innovations are being built by women. And, most importantly, many women are building their empires without the help of an inheritance, a business partner or even a husband.

You may be shocked (or depressed) to learn that two thirds of American female billionaires inherited their fortunes from late husbands or fathers. On the other hand, if you look a little deeper at any list of the richest people in the world, you will find plenty of self-made women worth tens of millions to hundreds of millions of dollars. Everyone from Sara Blakely to Martha Stewart to Xerox CEO Ursula Burns deserves a spot on this list of kick ass self-made wealthy American women but for today, we only have time for the very richest of the self-made female billionaires. To make this list, women had to have a minimum net worth of $2.1 billion and, if they built their business alongside their husband, they had to have had a substantial part in building the business. Without further delay, here are the richest self-made female businesswomen and entrepreneurs in America today.

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#9. Meg Whitman

Hewlett Packard

Net Worth: $2.1 billion

#8. Johnelle Hunt

J.B. Hunt Transport Services

Net Worth: $2.4 billion

#7. Judy Faulkner

Epic Systems

Net Worth: $2.6 billion

#6. Oprah Winfrey

OWN Cable Network

Net Worth: $3.2 billion

#5. Doris Fisher


Net Worth: $3.3 billion

#4. Judy Love

Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores

Net Worth: $3.4 billion

#4. Marian Ilitch

Little Caesar's Pizza

Net Worth: $4.2 billion

#3. Diane Hendricks

ABC Supply

Net Worth:  $4.9 billion

#2. Lynda Resnick

The Wonderful Company

Net Worth: $5 billion

#1. Jin Sook Chang

Forever 21

Net Worth: $5.9 billion