Women are becoming more and more important in the business world. Sandra Ortega or Ana Botín are the greatest exponents of this phenomenon in Spain, although there are other great examples of women entrepreneurs who have gone from humble backgrounds to becoming millionaires. A real achievement in societies that still have a lot to improve in the area of equality.
And attitude has a lot to do with it. “We should forget what they’re going to say and rebel a little more, because what’s clear is that you can if you want to,” Socialcar CEO Mar Alarcón commented for an EMPRENDEDORES report. In this sense, the women who have become millionaires over the years belong to very different industries, but have one thing in common: They have always been aware that work is something that cannot be negotiated.
As in Spain Forbes made a list with the American millionaires who created their own destiny. Within the United States, California is the preferred place of residence for these entrepreneurs, who belong to very different industries. Next, we profile some of them and the companies that grew their fortunes.
America’s Self-Made Millionaires
rihanna First in this list of millionaires is singer Rihanna. Although she is known for her career in the music world, the side hustles that have accompanied the artist in recent years have been a success. Her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty generated more than $600 million in sales in 2019, while her Savage x Fenty lingerie collection brought in $50 million in investments a few months ago.
Whitney Wolf. At just 31 years old, this entrepreneur has a net worth of around $575 million. She is the founder and CEO of Bumble, a dating app where women make the first move. His company is valued at more than 1,000 million and is his main source of income. Alongside Bumble, Wolfe has a venture fund dedicated to investing in women-led projects, in which Serena Williams is a co-investor.
Donna Carpenter. The entrepreneur is co-founder of the winter sports brand Burton. Along with her husband, Carpenter pioneered the field credited with introducing the table snowboarding and the democratization of a sport that was previously considered purely a hobby. His estimated net worth is over $500 million and he remains involved in his company through the board of directors.
Gwynne Shotwell. Shotwell is another example of these enterprising women who have built their own careers through constant effort. She is the 11th employee of SpaceX, Elon Musk’s aerospace company, and is currently President and Chief Operating Officer. His net worth reaches $290 million and he owns about 1% of the company founded by Tesla’s CEO.