The percentage of businesses owned by women entrepreneurs has risen significantly over the past few years.
According to Forbes Magazine, over 36 percent of businesses that are now owned by women. That's an increase of 30 percent since 2007.
This statistic may be just the encouragement you need to get started with your business. But sometimes you need real-life examples of famous female entrepreneurs to inspire you to move forward.
Keep reading to find out more about the 10 top successful female entrepreneurs. Let's go!
1. Judy Faulkner
She's the founder and chief Exec of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company. Faulkner built up the company from a with a starting investment of only $6,000, which came mostly from her parents. She's now worth $2.4 billion.
2. Marian Ilitch
Along with her late husband, Marian Ilitch is the co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza. The pizza restaurant chain is the third biggest in the United States after Dominos and Pizza Hut.
Bloomberg described her as one of the seven wealthiest self-made women in the world. She's worth over $5 billion.
3. Judy Love
Judy Love and her husband started off with a loan of $5,000 in 1964. They have since developed an empire of travel shops and country stores across the United States. Love's worth is almost $3 billion.
4. Diane Hendricks
Hendricks and her husband established ABC Supply, a wholesale company selling everything from roofing, windows, and gutters. She's now estimated to be worth almost $5 billion. Hendricks has also become a film producer and notable political donor.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Known as the Queen of Talk, the philanthropist is one of the few people in the world who is known by their first names alone - 'Oprah.' A member of Hollywood royalty, Winfrey is worth almost $3 billion.
6. Johnelle Hunt
As the co-founder of the J.B Hunt Transport Services, Hunt has a net worth of $2.4 billion.
7. Doris Fisher
Named one of the 100 most powerful women by Forbes Magazine, Fisher is the co-founder of the clothing chain the Gap. She's worth $2.8 billion.
8. Ariana Huffington
The Greek-American businesswoman and writer is the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. Her company has been sold to AOL. She was listed as the 12th most influential women in media by Forbes Magazine.
Even though her net worth is only $50 million, she's an incredible inspiration to young women interested in the media industry.
9. Lynda Resnick
Described as a "marketing force" by the New Yorker, Resnick is the founder of the Wonderful Company. The company owns brands including Pom Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios and Fiji water. She's worth $2 billion.
10. J.K. Rowling
Any aspiring female entrepreneurs who fancy a writing a novel have to look no further than the British author, J.K. Rowling.
Rowling inspired an entire generation of children. She has a net worth of over $600 million.
You Could Become One of Our Famous Female Entrepreneurs
You can find inspiration in these 10 stories of famous female entrepreneurs. Too many people associate entrepreneurial spirit with men.
When in fact, with our examples of successful women entrepreneurs, it's clear that women can thrive in the business world too.
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