10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs in the World

New generation women across the globe are trying to prove themselves. Few women entrepreneurs have contributed a lot to the society and influenced others. The number of self employed women has been increased very fast in the last three decades and most of the businesses is home based. According to statistics, as of 2012, there are more than 125 million women entrepreneurs all over the world. In American, women own 46 percent of all privately owned businesses. The following list features 10 women who overcame the obstacles and became extremely successful. Here are the most successful women entrepreneurs around the world who can be an idol for every woman.

10. Debbi Fields

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Debbi Fields was born on 18th September 1956 in Oakland. She is the founder of one of the most popular cookies bakeries, Mrs. Field Bakeries. She started to sell chocolate chips from home in 1977 and named it Mrs. Field’s Chocolate Chippery. On the first day, she offers cookies sample to the public and make around $75 at the end of the day. As the business spreading and selling beyond the chocolate chips, she renamed it to Mrs. Field Bakeries. As of 2012, she has an estimated worth of $65 million and has more than 650 retail bakeries only in the United States and 80 stores in other eleven countries.

9. Madam C.J. Walker

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Madam C.J. Walker or Sarah Breedlove was one of the most influential entrepreneurs of the 20th century, born on 23rd December 1867. She founded a beauty and hair product company, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. As her business grew rapidly, she established a manufacturing plant in 1910 in Indianapolis and employs more than 3000 workers. She was regarded as the first self made millionaire women in America. The Walker Company is considered the most successful African American owned business but the company was closed in 1981.

8. Zhang Xin

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Zhang Xin is a Chinese businesswoman, born on 24th August 1965. She moved to Hong Kong at the age of 14 and lived in a small room. She worked for five years in electronic manufacturing factories to save money for education. She has a master’s degree in Economics from Cambridge University. She co-founded Hongshi with her husband in 1994 which later became Soho China. Now she is the CEO of SOHO China, the largest property developer in central Beijing.

7. Shazi Visram

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Shazi Visram founded Happy Family, packaged organic food manufacturer for babies and children, in 2006. Their first products were frozen baby meals, sold in all New York stores. As of 2012, the company has over 70 employees and selling products in over 17000 stores in 30 different countries. In 2011, she was awarded with Ernst and young entrepreneur of the year award and her company was listed in the 2011 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the food industry category.

6. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

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Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Indian entrepreneur and chairman of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore. Currently, she is also the chairperson of IIM Bangalore. As an entrepreneur, she faced many challenges in establishing her business. Biocon Limited has Asia’s largest insulin and stalin facilities and became the first Indian company to export enzymes to USA and Europe. Forbes ranked her as one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

5. Rashmi Sinha

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Rashmi Sinha is an Indo-American businesswoman, born in India. She has BA and MA degree in psychology from Allahabad University. She also did PhD in psychology from Brown University. She co-founded the SlideShare, online slide sharing hosting on 4th October 2006. The website offers the user to upload videos, documents, PDF and slides. It was ranked among one of the best tools of e-learning and gets an estimated 60 million visitors per month. Now SlideShare was acquired by LinkedIn on 3rd May 2012 in the deal of $118 million.

4. Cher Wang

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Cher Wang is the co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation, born on 14th September 1958 in Taiwan. She received her bachelor degree in economics from the University of California in 1981. She founded VIA Technologies in 1987 and HTC in 1997. Forbes ranked her as the richest person in Taiwan in 2011. She is considered as one of the most successful women in technology and was awarded with World’s most powerful women by Forbes in 2012. She also involved in philanthropy and donates $28 million to charitable colleges in China and 6000 HTC tablets to high school students.

3. Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey born on 29th January 1954 in Mississippi. She is an author, actress, talk show host, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey rose from poverty, abuse and prejudice and now she is one of the most influential people in the world. Her childhood life was very tough and she had gone through some terrific experiences. Oprah began her career by news reader at local radio station and now known for her multi award winning show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Last year she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Barack Obama.

2. Mary Kay Ash

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Mary Kay Ash was born on 12th May 1918 in Texas. She started the Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. with her family. From its inception, the business grew rapidly and makes $200,000 in the first year. At the time of her death in 2001, the company had over 800,000 employees in 37 different countries and annual sales of over $200 million. She was awarded with the most outstanding woman in business in the 20th century. She was honored as a leading female entrepreneur in American history.

1. Arianna Huffington

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Arianna Huffington is a Greek American journalist and entrepreneur. She was very popular for her news website, The Huffington Post, launched in 2005. She is also a radio host and author of 14 books. She is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs around the world and also Forbes magazine ranked her as one of the most powerful women in the world. TIME magazine listed her in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. In 2011, The Huffington Post was acquired by AOL for $315 million.

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Varun Kumar

Varun Kumar is an experienced science and technology journalist interested in machines, AI, and space exploration. He received a Master's degree in computer science from Indraprastha University. To find out what his latest project is, feel free to directly email him at [email protected] 

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