The Five Richest Self-Made Women in America 2015

Richest Self-Made Women in America 2015

Oprah Winfrey 

The power of O is alive and well with a net worth of $3 billion. Oprah Winfrey is an icon, role model and incredibly powerful brand. She turned her long-time successful career on daytime TV into a media empire. In addition to having her hands in television shows (she also has an entire network!), films and publishing, O has given back. The famously giving talk show host who used to give away cars and provide life changing tools to her audiences and guests also donates millions to educational causes, including a school for girls in South Africa and university scholarships.

Jin Sook Chang

Her story is the epitome of the “American dream,” a reminder that while it doesn’t happen to everyone, hard work and taking chances can pay off (big). Jin Sook Chang came to America from South Korea in 1981. After three years of working multiple odd jobs, her and her husband opened up a fairly small shop in Los Angeles called Fashion 21. This one store grew (and grew) and became the fashion giant we now know as Forever 21. She has a net worth of $3.1 billion.

Doris Fisher 

Fisher is the cofounder of another retail giant, Gap, which she also opened with her husband. In 1969, Gap only sold jeans and music. Today, the company is a rounded fashion retail and includes brands such as Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta. Like fellow retailer Jin Sook Chang, she has a net worth of $3.1 billion.

Diane Hendricks 

Hendricks cofounded ABC Supply in 1982. ABC Supply is a leading wholesale roofing, window and sliding materials distributor. Hendricks bought Bradco Supply in 2010, which was one of her largest competitors, skyrocketing the company’s gains and her net worth, which is now at a lovely $3.4 billion.

Elizabeth Holmes 

The wealthiest self-made woman in America is also one of the youngest on the list, making her a force. At a mere 31 years old, Elizabeth Holmes (pictured above) has a net worth of $4.5 billion. She is the world’s youngest female billionaire and owes her fortune to science. Holmes launched the blood testing company Theranos in 2003. (Yes, she was very young! She dropped out of Stanford to pursue the endeavor.) The firm developed faster, more efficient blood testing, using a “all you need is a drop of blood” concept.