As the old ad says, “I can take the bacon home, fry it in a pan, and never let yourself be forgotten that you’re a man because I’m a woman …” I guess it ‘the 100 self-taught women billionaires around the world sing while removing their jewelry and / or makeup at the end of a long day of kicking and naming.
In 2020, self-taught women billionaires finally reached the number of 100, up 11 from 2019. The combined wealth of these inspiring women is $ 262 billion. That’s an average of $ 2.6 billion each (and of course some have a lot, a lot more money than that), which is 19% more than a year ago.
China dominates the list of self-taught women billionaires with 61, including Zhong Huijan, founder of Jiangsu Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group, 59 years old. Diane Hendrick, Sara Blakely and Oprah Winfrey are three of the self-taught American billionaire women. The United States has 19 self-taught female billionaires, followed by the United Kingdom with six and India with two. In total, the 100 self-taught women billionaires come from 16 countries. The top three industries in which these women have succeeded are manufacturing (15), real estate (14), technology, media and communications (14). Of the 20 richest women in the world, only three are self-taught.
Women still have a long way to go to have as large a presence on the annual list of the richest people in the world as men, but at least we are gaining ground, thanks to these 100 ambitious women.