Whitman utilized her business expertise to move up the corporate ladder by helping companies like Procter & Gamble, Disney, and in 1998 the once small web start-up eBay. Now, she's part of the small group of 14 women in the world who are self-made billionaires without inherited fortunes from their families or husbands. When compared to the list of 665 male self made billionaires including Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, the struggles for women remain evident. But note all the Chinese women on the list.
Here's the official Forbes list of self-made female billionaires:
- Wu Yajun: $3.9 billion, CEO of real estate developer Longfor Properties
- Rosalia Mera: $3.5 billion, co-founder of apparel manufacturer Inditex
- Elena Baturina: $2.9 billion, founder of plastic products and construction material firm Inteko
- Doris Fisher: $2.4 billion, co-founder of Gap Inc.
- Xiu Li Hawken: $2.4 billion, biggest shareholder in Renhe Commercial Holdings
- Oprah Winfrey: $2.4 billion, talk show host and media magnet behind her company Harpo Productions
- Giuliana Benetton: $2.1 billion, owner of the line of Benetton clothing brands
- Chu Lam Yiu: $2.1 billion, Chairwomen of Chinese tobacco flavoring company Huabao International
- Zhang Xin: $2 billion, Founder and Manager of Beijing property developer SoHo Chin
- Yan Cheung: $1.7 billion, Founder of Chinese paper company Nine Dragons
- Meg Whitman: $1.3 billion, former CEO of eBay
- Chan Laiwa: $1.1 billion, Chinese real estate investor
- Lei Jufang: $1.1 billion, Manager of ointment maker Tibet Cheezheng Tibetan Medicine
- J.K. Rowling: $1 billion, author of the popular Harry Potter series