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    female self-made billionaires

    Can anyone think of any female self-made billionaires? By self-made I mean they didn't already start with wealth in the billions. It's ok if they inherited small (but still pricey) companies and built them up themselves into multi-billion affairs. Obv even better if they just started off with practically nothing.

    Going through the forbes richest people in the world Gina Rinehart is the first one who shows up (at #91). There are other women, but pretty much all of them inherited their wealth from their father or husband.
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    Oprah and JK Rowling come to mind.

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    Oprah counts. Rowling isn't a billionaire anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Executor View Post
    Can anyone think of any female self-made billionaires? By self-made I mean they didn't already start with wealth in the billions. It's ok if they inherited small (but still pricey) companies and built them up themselves into multi-billion affairs. Obv even better if they just started off with practically nothing.

    Going through the forbes richest people in the world Gina Rinehart is the first one who shows up (at #91). There are other women, but pretty much all of them inherited their wealth from their father or husband.
    What number are you on the Forbes list Darth?

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    I'm not sure how accurate their idea of being "self made" is, but here's a list from Forbes:
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/chloeso...itive-ranking/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Executor View Post
    Can anyone think of any female self-made billionaires? By self-made I mean they didn't already start with wealth in the billions. It's ok if they inherited small (but still pricey) companies and built them up themselves into multi-billion affairs. Obv even better if they just started off with practically nothing.

    Going through the forbes richest people in the world Gina Rinehart is the first one who shows up (at #91). There are other women, but pretty much all of them inherited their wealth from their father or husband.
    Actually Gina Rinehart inherited her fortune from her father Lang Hancock, Australia's richest man at one time. JK Rowing is thought to be back in the billionaire class given the success of her film 'Fantastic Beasts'. But there will certainly be more male billionaires than female because, until relatively recently, women were regarded merely as chattels to be kept "barefoot, pregnant, and slaving over a hot stove", not starting and running businesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
    Oprah and JK Rowling come to mind.
    Jennifer Lopez?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starlight View Post
    Oprah and JK Rowling come to mind.
    How do you know they are female?

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    Check out Hetty Green, the "Witch of Wall Street," who died in 1916. The richest woman in the world at her time, the equivalent of a multi-billionaire in our day. A really tragic case, the richest woman in the world, she and her children living like they were in poverty because she didn't want to spend on her money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faber View Post
    Check out Hetty Green, the "Witch of Wall Street," who died in 1916. The richest woman in the world at her time, the equivalent of a multi-billionaire in our day. A really tragic case, the richest woman in the world, she and her children living like they were in poverty because she didn't want to spend on her money.
    She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and inherited nearly 80 million dollars. I wouldn't call that self-made.

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