Especially they have inspired generations of women to work and establish themselves in various fields including entrepreneurship. Although most industries and fields are male-centric even in 2019 as evidenced by the scandalous pay disparity for women in Hollywood.
All throughout history women have persevered and broken the patriarchal negative norms of society to become successful businesswomen. Their success and expertise in their field have made them sources of inspiration for other women all around the world.
We have listed some of the world’s biggest and most successful women entrepreneurs in the world below.
World’s Most Inspirational And Successful Entrepreneurs
During her years as a teenager, she worked at a Subway restaurant. When she was young, Sophia Amoruso had to live like a vagabond, hitchhiking, picking up things from dumpsters as well as stealing. She stopped stealing when she was caught by a store employee.
Amoruso worked as the CEO of Nasty Gal (clothing company) before eventually stepping down from the post in 2015. Her struggles did not end there as the company filed for bankruptcy but she was not the least bit phased as she started another company called Girlboss Media.
Her site Girlboss is dedicated to inspiring women and empowering them on careers, beauty, and wellness among others. Her story has inspired women to have perseverance. As of June 2019, she has a net worth of around $280 million.
Beauty and Beauty product empire queen Huda Kattan had to quit her well set up a career in finance to pursue her passion in business and beauty products. She also worked as a freelance makeup artist and not finding fake lashes when she needed them she started her own makeup brand and sold fake eyelashes.
Her product became widely used and even star celebrity Kim Kardashian uses them. She inspires women to take risks and bold steps in order to pursue their passion. She is worth around a whopping $550 million.
Fashion mogul Tory Burch already had heaps of experience even before starting her fashion brand in 2004. She had already worked for international brands like Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Loewe. She became a huge success and has amassed over $800 million net worth as of June 2019.
After tasting huge success from her brand and gathering a fortune of hundreds of millions, she established the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She helps victims of the disease as well as other women the organization comes into contact with, by supporting them, raising awareness, researching to find a cure among, etc.
One of the most recognizable authors of the modern era J.K. Rowling is a billionaire as of June 2019 but struggled colossally before making it big as an author. She stepped into a male-dominated industry after being fired from her job for daydreaming.
Her initial struggles bore fruit however and her Harry Potter book franchise has made her a well-known name all over the world. Her $1 billion net worth is mostly thanks to the immense popularity of her books and movie franchise based on the book series.
Historical Women Entrepreneurs
Sarah Breedlove Aka Madam C. J. Walker
Born in 1867 into a racially segregated and slavery prevalent as well as extremely patriarchal America Sarah Breedlove aka Madam C. J. Walker was the first free child of her family, she suffered a scalp condition which made her bald. But all of these adversities could not hold her back and she started selling her home remedy for the condition.
Breedlove who was a force of nature opened up a factory by 1908 and established herself as one of the pioneering women entrepreneurs. Women all around the world and especially in the USA owe a huge debt to her.
The founder of Biocon Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the first lady entrepreneur of India. She started the biopharmaceutical company, Biocon in 1978 and worked through all the discrimination and hardships to become a billionaire. As of June 2019, she is worth $2.8 billion and her company is worth billions too.
She paved the way for all aspiring women entrepreneurs all over the world and particularly in India. She faced a lot of obstacles but eventually became one of the most respected and richest women in the world.