IT'S BUSINESS WOMANS DAY!
Meaning today we celebrate those who have pathed the way for females in business – facing adversity head on and setting themselves as key role models for the younger female entrepreneurs of the world. We've collated our top 6 influential females from a variety of backgrounds, age groups and industries who have all become largely successful.
‘Think like a queen, a queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness’ – Oprah Winfrey
1, Oprah Winfrey – The queen of media
One of the most successful female entrepreneurs in the world and confirmed the richest African American of the 20th Century. Oprah transitioned her hit talk show which ran for 25 years from 1986 to 2011 into a media and business empire with herself now worth over $2.5billion
Born into poverty to a teenage single mother, Oprah took a job in radio whilst still in high school and by 19 co-anchored for the local evening news. After successful roles within this industry Oprah launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
Oprah reinvested profits into her talk show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and eventually launched her own cable change which alone is worth over $65 million, she’s praised as the ‘Queen of Media’ and is arguable the most powerful and influential women in the world - what a woman!
2. Sara Blakeley – The youngest self-made billionaire
Founder and owner of shapewear brand Spanx Sara Blakeley’s original plan was to become a lawyer, but after getting a low score in her law school test she decided to jump straight into the working world. Initially selling fax machines door-to-door which sparked her initial business idea, Sara was wearing uncomfortable shapewear at the time and decided to experiment by cutting the feet out of them.
2 years and $5000 later after researching and developing her hosiery design, Sara had her ideas turned away by numerous Hosiery Mills as they 'only dealt with established companies'. She finally found someone who would produce the product and purchased the trademark for ‘Spanx’ for just $150 - bargain!
The product was a hit – it was taking in by numerous retailers and achieved $4m in its first year. In 2012 Sara landed the cover of Forbes for being the youngest self-made billionaire and continues to grow her empire.
3. Sophia Amoruso – The Original Girl Boss
The original ‘Girl Boss’ Sophia, founder of fashion giant Nasty Gal, admits to becoming an entrepreneur by accident.
Sophia started her brand from her bedroom aged 22 after setting up an eBay store called ‘Nasty Gal Vintage’ selling clothes found in local charity shops whilst working as a receptionist. The aim – to earn some extra cash.
The shop became a huge success whereby Sophia moved it over to a website and saw huge growth from 2009-2012 – turning over more than $100m with over 200 employees and being named as Forbes ‘Fashion New Phenom’
4. Conna Walker – from £3k to multimillions
The queen of partywear Conna Walker is a true icon for all females in business – and she’s British! She started her fashion brand House of CB at 17 on a shoestring budget buying and selling dresses online after her dad told her ‘you need to get a job’.
Conna noticed a gap in the market for designer inspired high quality clothing and pushed forward with her own affordable luxury designs which proved a hit!
Some years later the brand is sold internationally in over 40 different retail locations – gained over 2.5 million followers on social media and are making profits of over £15 million with celebrities including Beyonce, Jlo, Kardashians any many more spotted in Conna’s designs - go girl!
5. Kylie Jenner – Cosmetic Queen
Whether you are a Kardashian lover or hater, we must pay attention the success of the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family Kylie. She has leveraged her assets to gain both fame and money and launched her Cosmetic company ‘Kylie Cosmetics’ in 2015 whereby the brand debuted its first ever product ‘Kylie Lip Kits’ and by the end of 2016, the company’s total revenue was over $300 million.
Agreeing a collaboration, we imagine is much easier when you have a team of super famous sisters to help and over the years Kylie has collaborated with Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and even her mum Kris. As well as delving into the retail world with her product and launching store pop ups.
The company is now worth over $900 million, and Kylie has since launched a new ‘Kylie Skin’ branch to her empire.
- Queen Bey
We all know and love Beyonce. Not only because she has the voice of an angel, but she is a hugely successful businesswoman.
Singer songwriter and actress, Beyonce first found fame in 90s girl group Destiny’s Child after which she launched a hugely successful solo career. After launching her first solo album ‘Dangerously in love’ in 2003 Beyonce won 5 Grammy awards and topped the charts with song with hubby ‘Crazy in Love’.
Beyonce has since released a variety of phenomenally successful albums, starred as lead role in films including Dreamgirls where she was nominated for an Oscar and played the voice of Nala in Disney’s remake of The Lion King. According to Forbes Beyonce is worth over $400million and one of the highest paid celebrities
And there you have our top 6 female businesswoman. Feeling inspired? These woman prove that no matter what your background, money situation or age you can achieve great things if you believe in yourself and are willing to dedicate time to your passion.
Who is your ultimate female inspiration? Let us know below!