Self-made women are not only prominent members of the business world, but they are also some of the most important pioneers in today’s society. These admirable women come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, but what they all have in common is that they are all self-made billionaires. Self-made women have made their own wealth through their own talents and efforts, rather than relying on inheritance or marriage to get where they are today. Many people believe that being born into a certain family or being given money by parents is a necessary component for success, but these women prove this assumption wrong. Below you will find a list of America’s richest self-made women in 2020. These inspirational individuals have worked hard to make their fortunes on their own merits. They come from different backgrounds, industries, and cities; however, they all share the same title – self-made billionaire!
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Daphne Co-founded Shoe Brand Dafne, Now Marking Over $6 Billion in Sales
Daphne is the CEO of Dafne Premium Footwear and the Co-Founder of the luxury footwear brand Dafne. She started her career by working with her father at his shoe factory in South Carolina. Daphne’s company currently produces over $6 billion in sales, making her a self-made billionaire.
Lauren Merkin Built a Real Estate Company That’s Worth $2.7 Billion
Lauren Merkin is the CEO of the real estate investment firm Merkin Properties, a company she built with her husband and his brother. She started her career by working at Merrill Lynch, assisting clients with investments in real estate. Merkin Properties has since grown to have a net worth of $2.7 billion, making her a self-made billionaire.
Hilary Royce, She’s the Co-Founder and CEO of HR software company SmartRecruiting
SmartRecruiting was created by Hilary Royce and her husband Wes Powell. Royce was formerly an HR executive at Dell Computers. When Powell’s previous business partner left the company, Royce stepped in to take over the business and has been steering it ever since. Hilary’s company SmartRecruiting has a net worth of $3 billion and is currently one of the biggest companies of its kind in the world. This makes Royce a self-made billionaire.
Petra Ecclestone Inherited her Wealth But Managed to Turn it into a Self-Made Fortune
Petra Ecclestone inherited a large part of her wealth from her father, who owns the English Formula One Racing Team. She is currently worth $4 billion, making her a self-made billionaire. Ecclestone managed to turn her inheritance into a self-made fortune through careful investments and philanthropic endeavors.
Diane von Furstenberg Runs a Fashion Empire With Her Husband, netting her over $1 billion
Diane and her husband, Ian von Furstenberg, created the fashion company DVF, which has a net worth of $1 billion. Diane started her career in fashion by working for Anne Klein. Diane’s husband Ian has his own clothing line and is currently worth $1 billion. Together, the von Furstenberg has a net worth of $2 billion and are both self-made billionaires.
Anna Soo Inherited Her Father’s Real Estate Company but is Currently Worth 1.5 Billion on her Own
Anna Soo was born into a real estate family, her father is one of the biggest real estate owners in Canada. However, Anna is currently worth $1.5 billion, making her a self-made billionaire. Soo’s father, who is also her boss, has a net worth of $2 billion. So far, Soo has been very active in the family business, taking over as CEO in 2017.
Sumner Mellar Built a Real Estate Empire that is currently worth more than $3.4 billion. She’s still going strong!
Sumner Mellar is the CEO of Real Estate Investment Trust M.A. Company, M.A.C. She was born in Pakistan but spent her teen and young adult years in New York City. Mellar started out at the real estate company The Mack Company as an intern but quickly worked her way up the ladder. M.A.C. is currently worth $3.4 billion and Mellar is a self-made billionaire.