We are all familiar with the archaic metaphor “Behind every successful man, there is a role of a woman involved”, however the in the wake of this century, our ideals regarding the role of women have drastically changed making them equal to and even better than their male counterparts in nearly every field. Technological development has aided women to gain and retain their current status as pioneers in various fields such as the corporate world. As a result, the list of the wealthiest people in the world does not exclusively consist of males. 7 women on this list, in particular, have made their worth by establishing and continuing business and research in the technological field, these women are a source of inspiration for both male and female entrepreneurs around the world.
Meg Whitman is currently the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) Company with net worth of $2.2 Billion. Meg is an American entrepreneur who made her mark in the field of technology by her efforts in eBay. She joined eBay in 1998 while it was still in its infancy. However by 2008 she had, as CEO, expanded the company both in terms of revenue and its employees. After her time at eBay she served as a member of the board of directors for various corporations including Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks SKG. She acquired the position at the board of directors at HP in 2011 and was made CEO later that year. Meg Whitman made most of her career and wealth at eBay and has also run for governor of California in 2009.
Eva Maria Bucher-Haefner
Maria Bucher has made her career in the technological field when she partially inherited her father’s stake in the software firm known as Computer Associations (CA). She is based in Switzerland with the net worth of $2.5 billion, part of her wealth is also inherited from the car dealership AMAG founded by her father.
Judy is another American self-made entrepreneur who started her career as a programmer and ended up founding Epic Systems. CEO of her organization her net worth is $2.5 billion and her software for recording and maintaining medical records is used all over the country. However, she aims to transfer most of her wealth to foundations for general health care.
Denise Coates is an English entrepreneur who has made her mark in the Tech Billionaires list by innovating in the online gambling channels. Her brother and she co-own the firm Bet365. Denise started off as just a cashier with the single minded determination to innovate in the gambling industry; as a result she launched her site in 2001 which is one of the top names in online gambling. Denise Coates holds a worth of $2.9 Billion as of August 2015.
Very much like Eva Maria Bucher, Dagmar Dolby inherited her worth of $2.9 billion from her husband Ray Dolby. Ras was the founder of the Dolby laboratories; a pioneer in digital audio for homes, theatres and other devices. Ray died in 2013 leaving nearly half of the shares of his company to his wife Dagmar; his legacy is being carried on also by his sons who are part of the board of directors at Dolby.
This exceptional Chinese entrepreneur has rightly earned her title of the “richest self-made woman in the world”, Zhou Qunfei’s story starts in a small farm in central China, orphaned at 5, she was forced to support her family at a young age which eventually drove her to lay foundations of her company Lens Technology. This renowned company specializes in glass covers and screens for smartphones and it is the leading supplier of Apple and Samsung. Although Zhou founded the company in 2003 it has flourished remarkably bringing her the worth of $7.8 billion.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Widow to the most influential and innovative entrepreneurs of the century Steve Jobs, Laurene earned most of her $19.5 billion worth from the shares at Apple. However her focus has been to modestly spend a large amount of her fortune on programs to help educate underprivileged students. She is the founder and chair of the organization Emerson Collective which was established and runs on her ideals. This organization has launched various programs with the collaboration with others to promote Laurene’s sense of selflessness.