Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs
Worldwide, businessmen, economists and politicians today assent that, ‘Women owned businesses boost the economy’. Presenting here, dames who pioneer ‘women entrepreneurship’ and epitomize the female power globally.
- Madame C.J. Walker (1867–1919)
Known as the first female entrepreneur, her manufacturing company developed hair care products for black women. A great philanthropist, she is opined as the first female African-American millionaire too.
- Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel (1883-1971)
French designer and founder of the brand ‘Chanel’, Coco is immortal with her perfume ‘Chanel No. 5’. Her simple but elegant, stylish, sophisticated yet comfortable designs enchant the beauties even today.
- Estée Lauder (1908-2004)
Beginning her career with sales of creams made by her uncle, Estée formed her fortune in the manufacturing of cosmetic and beauty products. She owned an array of businesses under Estee Lauder Companies with a huge share in the cosmetic markets.
- Mary Kay Ash (1918 - 2001)
Experience of being a salesperson, motivated and aided Mary to build the empire of ‘Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc.’ in 1963. Management skills, dedication and zeal to work bestowed her with achievements like the Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century reward by Lifetime Television. Her book Mary Kay on People Management is included in business courses at the Harvard Business School.
- Lillian Vernon (1929)
Born in Germany, she started working at home at 22 and rose it to be the first female-owned company to be listed on the American Stock Exchange. Today, ‘Lillian Vernon Corporation’ is one of the country’s leading catalog retailers.
- Martha Stewart (1941)
Commonly known as ‘Lifestyle Guru’, Martha initially appeared in fashion shows and advertisements. Later she ventured into the catering business and transformed it into ‘Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.,’ Her company is involved with publications & broadcasting, e-commerce as well as lifestyle products.
- Anita Roddick (1943 - 2007)
After experimenting in various traits, Anita kicked off ‘The Body Shop’ initially to support her family. Her environment friendly products made from natural ingredients, packaged in recyclable materials grabbed her immense business growth and numerous rewards. She demonstrated that businesses can act as social campaign for worthy causes.
- Vera Wang (1949)
A designer known for her bridal wear, Vera was a senior fashion editor for Vogue. She also worked at Ralph Lauren as a design director before stepping out to set her own studio. Her work in designing sports costumes and less expensive line of ready-to-wear clothing called Very Vera is also highly appreciated.
- Oprah Winfrey (1954)
A media giant, Oprah ruled the American media as a talk-show host, an actress as well as a producer. This philanthropist and a co-author spun off Oxygen Media, operating a cable television network for women. She also supported Barack Obama for presidency and shows interest in politics.
- Debbi Fields (1956)
This proud owner of ‘Mrs. Fields Bakeries’ proved that a multimillion dollar enterprise can be built on something as simple as baking a cookie. Often referred as ‘the tough cookie’, Debbi also is an author of several cookbooks.
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