We at this space love to celebrate women for their achievements. Last year we shared with you the top female entrepreneurs of Asia and Australia.
So, keeping up with our tradition, let’s discuss the top female entrepreneurs of 2022. These women are self-made and fearless and have driven themselves to phenomenal success.
Please note we have created this list from the information presented in Forbes World’s Billionaires List 2022.
A Look into Top Female Entrepreneurs in the World | Self-Made & Fearless Women
If you have been my avid reader (hopefully), then you must know my fondness for independent, and self-made women. I feel proud of my gender when we talk about such women. As I have already discussed in my previous article, Top 25 Richest Self-Made Women in the World, people have for decades associated success with men only. Since our childhoods, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have been the epitome of intelligence and excellence. It is unfortunate that we deprive our younger ones of the accomplishments of our own gender.
So, we present to you the top female entrepreneurs of 2022.
Forbes World’s Billionaires List 2022 | Quick Facts
- This year, 2668 billionaires made it to the list (87 less than the previous year).
- 327 were women, out of which 101 were self-made women. 11 among them created their fortune with their husbands.
- Self-made women worth $331 billion.
- China tops the list with 45 self-made women hailing from China. The USA is in the second spot
- This year again, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (granddaughter of L’Oreal founder) is the richest woman in the world.
- The youngest on the list are Rihanna and Melaine Perkins at age 34, while the oldest is Alice Schwartz at age 95.
Top Female Entrepreneurs | 2022 Edition
Here are the top female entrepreneurs of 2022.
Here, we have only included self-made women, those who have not inherited wealth, nor share it with anyone.
Fan Hongwei, China
With an $18.2 billion net worth, Fan Hongwei is the most successful female entrepreneur in the world. Fan Hongwei is the Chairperson & CEO of Hengli Petrochemical, a subsidiary of Hengali Group. She bought a failing textile company with her husband and revived it to become one of the biggest fiber manufacturers.
Hengali Petrochemical is the main unit of Hengali Group. It is the largest chemical fiber maker in China. Hengali Petrochemical manufactures and sells chemical fibers (Textile & Industrial polyester yarn), petrochemical, textiles, and new materials. The company has customers based all over the world.
Fan’s ranking improved overall this year, as she achieved the 88th position among the world’s top billionaires (102 in 2021). She is also the second richest woman in China. She is the 12th richest woman in the world.
Wu Yajun, China
The second on our list of top female entrepreneurs also hails from China, with a whopping net worth of $15.3 billion. She is the co-founder & chairperson of real-estate investor/developer Longfor properties, which she co-founded with her husband. The company works in development, investment, and management of property in China. The company is famous for its 61 shopping centers in China.
Before becoming this powerhouse magnate, she worked as a technician in a factory and also as a journalist. She currently holds 119th position among top billionaires on the Forbes list. She is the second richest woman in China.
Diane Hendricks, USA
We know how China is the land for the most empowered women with innovative business ideas and skills. Right behind China is the USA, with the most thriving self-made women.
Diane Hendricks hails from the land of opportunities — the USA — with her $10.7 billion net worth. Diane is the co-founder and chairperson of ABC supply, the USA’s largest roofing, siding, and windows wholesale distributor. She created this billion-dollar company with her late husband in the 80s. Now, the company has almost 800 branch locations.
This year she yielded the 183rd spot among top billionaires in the world. She is America’s richest self-made woman.
Wang Laichun, China
Wang Laichun is another female entrepreneur from China, with a $9.5 billion net worth. She is the co-founder & chairwoman of Luxshare Precision Industry Co. Ltd, an electronics company that designs and manufactures electronic connectors and cables. The company has coveted Apple in its customer base as it is the leading assembler of Apple Airpods.
Before becoming a top female entrepreneur, she worked in Terry Gou’s Hon Hai Precision Industry. After working ten years with this Taiwanese billionaire, she left the company and started a business venture with her brother in 2004. This small business venture is now a billion dollars company.
She is the 214th richest billionaire in the world and the 4th richest woman in China.
Zhong Huijuan, China
With her $8.1 billion net worth, Zhong Huijuan is the 275th richest billionaire in the world and 5th on our list of top female entrepreneurs. Her transition from a chemistry teacher to an inspiring entrepreneur is a lesson for all young girls to keep striving.
She started her R&D-driven drug company, Hansoh Pharmaceutical, in 2015. Currently, she is CEO and chairperson of the company with more than 50% shareholding.
She is currently the 6th richest woman in China.
Youngest Female Entrepreneurs in the Forbes List | Women To Watch Out
Ah! Where to begin!
Melaine Perkins, the creator of Canva, is the richest female entrepreneur in Australia. At the age of 34 only, she achieved the 386th spot among the top richest billionaires on the Forbes list. She has a whopping $6.5 billion net worth and has no intentions to stop here.
Next is Rihanna, which I highly doubt needs any introduction. She has been my favorite singer and is now the co-owner of the beloved makeup brand, Fenty Beauty. Rihanna has a net worth of $1.4 billion. Currently, she is in the 1729th spot, but she is already on her way up with her power and resilience.
So, here we discussed the top 5 female entrepreneurs in the world. Fan Hongwei, Wu Yajun, Diane Hendricks, Wang Laichun, and Zhong Huijuan are the top female entrepreneurs in the world.