Taylor Swift and Rihanna make Forbes list of self-made millionaires

Taylor Swift and Rihanna make Forbes list of self-made millionaires

Forbes magazine presented its updated list of billionaires for April 2024, which includes 2,781 people. When filtering for female billionaires, there is a category that lists those who are “self-made”, which is equivalent to 3.6% of all billionaires.

Before mentioning the leaders under this characteristic, it is worth highlighting the women who entered for the first time, among whom there are several well-known ones.

The first of them, by asset value, is Oprah Winfrey with a fortune of US$2.8 billion; then there is Kim Kardashian with US$1.7 billion; the singer Rihanna (US$1.4 billion).

Outside the world of entertainment, there is the CEO of the microchip company Advanced Micro Devices, Lisa Su, with US$1.3 billion; and the director of the cybersecurity company Cloudflare, Michelle Zatlyn, with US$1.2 billion.

Another big income is Taylor Swift, who reached US$1.1 billion in assets with her Eras Tour; and finally the fashion mogul Tory Burch with US$1 billion from her earnings with her eponymous brand.

The 10 richest women in the world

At the top of the ranking of women who forged their fortunes is Rafaela Aponte-Diamant with US$33.1 billion originating from his 50% stake in shipping line with the largest container capacity in the world, Mediterranean Shipping Company. Then there's Diane Hendricks with $20.9 billion in assets from her construction supplies company ABC Supply.

In third place is Judy Love with $10.2 billion of wealth built with her gas station company Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores. Then there's Denise Coates, founder of the $9.5 billion online betting company Bet365; and closing the top five is Asia's richest woman, Zhong Huijuan, founder of Hansoh Pharmaceutical, with US$7.7 billion.

In sixth place appears the richest woman in Russia, Tatiana Bakalchuk with US$7.4 billion that she achieved as the majority owner of Wildberriesan e-commerce retail company that receives more than 10 million orders a day in countries such as Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Uzbekistan.

In seventh place is Judy Faulkner, who made headlines by declaring that she will donate 99% of her fortune, which he has built with the creation of Epic Systems, the largest medical records software company in the US.

Positions eight, nine and 10 are dominated by women of Chinese origin. In eighth place is Wang Laichun, who raised US$6.6 billion with electronic components company Luxshare Precision Industry.

In ninth is Zhou Qunfei with US$6 billion in assets. It owns Lens Technology, a manufacturer of touch screens for Apple, Tesla and Samsung cell phones.

And closing the list is Wu Yajun, owner of 43% of the shares of the real estate developer Longfor Properties, company that was affected by the real estate crisis in the country, which generated a loss of US$4.3 billion for Wuin such a way that if this event had not occurred it would be higher in the ranking.