Female Tech Billionaires Come out Top in Forbes' List of America's Richest Self-Made Women

June 6, 2019 | Daisy Bernard


In a record year for female billionaires, 7 of the 25 listed made their fortunes from tech

On June 4th 2019, Forbes released their list of America's Richest Self Made Women.

The fifth annual ranking lists 80 of the country's most successful self-made female entrepreneurs and executives, measured by their net worths. The minimum net worth to make the ranking is $225 million, featuring women like Kylie Jenner at #23 ($1B), Serena Williams at #80 ($225M) and Oprah Winfrey at #10 ($2.6B).

20 of the women featured made their fortunes in tech, eight of which are in the top 31%. 25 are billionaires — a record number  up one from the previous year. 

The tech industry leaders mentioned include dating app Bumble's founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd at #72former eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman at #2, and Facebook's COO and Lean In author, Sheryl Sandberg at #12

Here are the 20 women in tech featured on Forbes' list of America's Richest Self-Made Women:

  • #2 Meg Whitman, CEO, Quibi, $3.7B net worth
  • #4 Judy Faulkner, CEO and Founder, Epic Systems, $3.6B net worth
  • #5 Thai Lee, CEO, SHI International, $3B net worth
  • #12 Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, $1.7B net worth
  • #18 Jayshree Ullal, President & CEO, Arista Networks, $1.4B net worth

  • #20 Alice Schwartz, Co-Founder, Bio-Rad Laboratories, $1.3B net worth
  • #22 Safra Catz, Co-CEO, Oracle, $1.1B net worth
  • #23 Neerja Sethi, Entrepreneur,  $1B net worth
  • #30 Young Sohn, Co-Founder, Vlocity, $840M net worth
  • #35 Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!, $620M net worth

  • #44 Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube, $490M net worth
  • #55 Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO, Stich Fix, $380M net worth
  • #57 Therese Tucker, CEO & Founder, BlackLine, $370M net worth
  • #60 Neha Narkhede, CTO and Cofounder, Confluent, $360M net worth
  • #62 Liz Elting, Author & Founder of TransPerfect, $350M net worth
  • #63 Belinda Johnson, COO, AirBnB, $330M net worth
  • #69 Ashley Chen, Founder, ActioNet, $300M net worth
  • #69 Linda Weinman, Founder, Lynda.com, $300M net worth
  • #72 Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder, Bumble, $290M net worth
  • #79 Angela Ahrendts, SVP, Retail, Apple, $230M net worth

Despite females making up more than half of the U.S. workforce, according to data compiled by virtual event solutions company Evia, women still make up less than 20 percent of U.S. tech jobs. 

Emma Tommony, Portfolio Director for Women in Tech World Series said: "The tech industry needs more diversity to ensure long term success, and success stories like these can have a huge impact on driving change. Our events give voice to this inspiration, bringing together thousands of tech professionals inspirational talks from industry leaders, skill-building workshops and opportunities to meet likeminded individuals." 

Hear from global tech industry leaders at Women in Tech East Coast on October 24-25 2019 at Boston Convention Center, MA. 


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