Women, historically and traditionally, have always played second fiddle to men, in almost every walk of life. So, it’s no wonder that the world’s top ten entrepreneurs happen to be men. Nevertheless, women have come up a lot in the past few decades and offering stiff competition to men in nearly every sphere including the business front. This assertion is evidenced by the fact that businesses in USA owned by women have witnessed a spurt of 68% from 1997 to 2014. The following paragraphs detail the top 5 women entrepreneurs in the USA.
- Melinda Gates
Being the better half of Bill Gates, Melinda Gates certainly does not need any introduction. But unlike most spouses of billionaire entrepreneurs, Melinda was never content to move around in the shadow of her hubby. She founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with Bill Gates in 1998 and is the co-chairperson of the trust. She is dedicated to improving the reproductive health of women and uplifting their living conditions of women in underdeveloped countries. The couple have pledged over $26 billion in endowments and grants.
- Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is instantly recognizable not only in the US but also in a host of other countries around the world, thanks to the Oprah Winfrey Show that is watched by millions. She is an epitome of versatility as she fulfils the roles of an actress, film producer, philanthropist, and talk show host with perfection. Her net worth amounts to nearly $3 billion that makes one of the wealthiest women in the US.
- Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce has minted a goldmine through crooning and her current personal fortune is estimated to be about $450 million. Together with her husband Jay-Z, she stakes claim to a fortune worth over $ 1 billion!
- Elizabeth Holmes
Elizabeth Holmes is the owner of Theranos- a blood testing outlet and is believed to be worth approximately $4.6 billion. She must be blessing her stars that she dropped out of Stanford to establish the business.
- Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg wears many hats-she’s is the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and also on the boards of Walt Disney Company, Centre for Global Development, V-Day and Women for Women International. Her net worth is about$1 billion.