Media Executive, Actress, Presenter, Philanthropist.
NET WORTH - $2.7 BILLION
Born into poverty and suffered abuse Oprah Winfrey is the American Dream come true. Best known for her talk show, The ‘Oprah Winfrey Show’ which was the highest-rated television programme of its genre in history and ground-breaking in its inclusivity and confessional approach. Oprah Winfrey was North America’s first black multi-billionaire.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
The founder of Huffington Post
NET WORTH - $50 MILLION
Arianna Huffington sold her online news company to AOL for
$315 million and she is still actively involved within the company.
Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive:The Third Metric to Success, is featured in the of the website.
“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”
Founder, Lens Technology
NET WORTH - $10 BILLION
A Chinese self-made billionaire entrepreneur who founded the major touchscreen company Lens Technology. Zhou Qunfei’s company is responsible for many mobile phone companies incorporating touch-screen technology into their hand-sets. Born into a poor family, Zhou Qunfei showed promise as a bright student and deliberately worked at companies close to a university to study part-time courses in accounting, computer operations and customs processing.
“Only when you persist can you succeed.”
NET WORTH - $80 MILLION
Indra Nooyi came from what she describes as ‘humble middle class.’
She demonstrated a strong work ethic by working as a receptionist at night to fund her college tuition fees. Indra Nooyi is now the CEO of the drinks company PepsiCo.
"There is nothing like a concrete plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention to the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.”
Founder Estee Lauder Cosmetics
NET WORTH - $4.3 BILLION
Born to Hungarian-Jewish Immigrants in Queens, New York,
Estee Lauder was one of 8 siblings. Her early years were spent trying to make ends meet and working at the family’s hardware store.
Eventually Estee Lauder worked at her uncle’s chemist and learned how to create beauty products. Her first fragrance, Youth Dew became a bestseller that sold 50,000 bottles in the first year. Now Estee Lauder Companies brands include over 30 organisations including La Mer, Tom Ford Beauty and Mac Cosmetics.
“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell hard.”
Author and Motivational Speaker.
NET WORTH - $12 MILLION
Mel Robbins re-invented herself and her business after hitting rock bottom with unemployment and marriage problems. She developed her 5,4,3,2,1 resolve as a countdown to motivation and overcoming obstacles.
The 5 second rule (Book) - https://amzn.to/2EMoE4L
“That’s an instinct reminding you of the goal. That’s your inner wisdom, and it’s important to pay attention to it, no matter how small or silly that instinct may seem.”
NET WORTH - $930 MILLION
Weili Dai played semi-professional basketball in Shanghai before moving to the US. After studying Computer Science at the University of Berkeley Weili Dai went on to work in strategic partnership and direct the success of the technology company, Marvell. A self confessed ‘computer nerd’ Weili Dai champions the importance of overcoming industries with a dominant male presence within science and technology.
“It’s also important to realize that it’s ok to be first. If you constantly look for role models who look like you, then there won’t be any firsts.”
Novelist, film producer and screenwriter and philanthropist.
NET WORTH - $953 MILLION
JK Rowling lived on benefits before becoming a billionaire due to her successful Harry Potter novels. She lost her billionaire status after giving much of her earnings away to charity. Currently she is the UKs best selling author.
“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
Songwriter, Actress, Businesswoman.
NET WORTH - $590 MILLION
Known as, ‘The Queen of Pop’ Madonna rose to success after moving to New York to pursue a career in performance. Through networking with New York’s club scene and establishing her name Madonna’s hard work eventually paid off. Having sold over 300 million records worldwide she is noted as the best selling female recording artist of all time in the Guiness book of Records “I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.”
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Painfully shy as a child and teenager Marissa Mayer eventually went on to graduate from Stanford and joined Google in 1999 as their 20th employee. She started out writing code and overseeing a small team of engineers. On July 2012 she was appointed the president and CEO of Yahoo.
“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”