Women are increasingly taking center stage in business, and in our sixth annual list, Forbes is shining a spotlight on the 100 richest self-made entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers in the U.S., up from 80 a year ago. These trail blazers, worth a collective $90 billion, have started or helped expand companies that do everything from build rockets to create snowboards to make Covid-19 tests.
The pandemic has been kind to some, including Zoom Video Communications’ finance chief, Kelly Steckelberg, who debuts on the list as shares of the work-from-home staple quintupled during 2020. Others, such as cosmetics whiz Anastasia Soare and the cofounders of skin-care firm Rodan + Fields, have been less fortunate, as the quarantine hurt sales of some beauty brands.
Number one for the third year in a row: roofing entrepreneur Diane Hendricks, who cofounded ABC Supply and helped grow it into one of the largest U.S. wholesale distributors of roofing, siding and windows. She is worth $8 billion, up from $7 billion a year ago. Behind her at No. 2 is Judy Faulkner, who launched medical-records software firm Epic in 1979. She moves up from number 4 thanks to a $1.9 billion increase in net worth to a recent $5.5 billion.
List members range in age from 23 (Kylie Jenner) to 94 (life sciences mogul Alice Schwartz). They hail from all over the U.S., but are heavily concentrated in California where 45 live. Fortunes were calculated using stock prices from September 11, 2020.
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