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Top 5 world’s richest self-made women in 2024

Top 5 world’s richest self-made women in 2024

In an era emphasizing gender equality, the rise of self-made female entrepreneurs showcases a shifting landscape of wealth and power.

Through stories of resilience and innovation, these women reach unprecedented success in finance and entrepreneurship.

According to Forbes Billionaires, here are the top 5 world’s richest self-made women in 2024, net worths as of May 1.

Rafaela Aponte-Diamant

Rafaela Aponte-Diamant

With a net worth of $34.2bn Rafaela Aponte-Diamant’s journey to success is a narrative of visionary leadership and strategic acumen. As the co-founder of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) founded in 1970, she has played an instrumental role in transforming the maritime industry. Rafaela and her husband each own a 50% stake in the company. In 1988, the couple diversified into cruises, leading to the establishment of MSC Cruises, one of the world’s largest cruise firms. Aponte-Diamant serves on the board of the MSC Foundation and oversees the decoration of cruise ships.

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Diane Hendricks

Diane Hendricks

From humble beginnings, she embarked on a journey that would see her become the co-founder and chairperson of ABC Supply, the largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding materials in the United States. She co-founded the company alongside her late husband Kenneth Hendricks in 1982. She played a pivotal role in ABC’s expansion through strategic acquisitions, notably acquiring rival Bradco in 2010 and building materials distributor L&W Supply in 2016. She has a net worth of $20.9 bn.

Judy Love & Family

Judy Love & Family

Judy Love co-founded truck stop and convenience store chain Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores with her late husband in 1964, a chain of gas stations and convenience stores that spans across the United States. Currently, the company, owned by Love and her four children with a net worth of $10.2 bn, operates over 640 locations across 42 states. This year marks its 60th anniversary, with plans to open 20 to 25 additional locations and renovate 35 to 40 aging stores.

Read also: Top 10 youngest female billionaires in 2024 – Forbes

Zhong Huijuan

Zhong Huijuan

Zhong Huijuan with a net worth of $9.4 bn is the founder and chairwoman of Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group, she has spearheaded the development of groundbreaking drugs that have revolutionized Hepatitis B and certain cancer treatments. In 2019, she led the company through its initial public offering and currently holds nearly two-thirds of its shares alongside her daughter, Sun Yuan.

Denise Coates

Denise Coates

Denise Coates with a net worth of $8.5bn is the co-CEO of Bet365, she has revolutionized the way people engage with sports betting and online gaming. Under her leadership, Bet365 has emerged as a global powerhouse, boasting over 90 million users worldwide. Denise’s entrepreneurial vision and technological prowess have earned her a place among the elite ranks of self-made billionaires.