I’ve always loved the song ‘strength of a woman’ by shaggy and my favorite verse from that song is ‘It’s so amazing how this world was made I wonder if God is a woman”. Women have always been disrespected and disregarded by our society but the truth be told it’s always going to be about our women. It’s international women’s day so let’s celebrate our women,
The late Tupac said it better in his song “ it’s time to heal our women and be real to our women’ so on this international woman’s day, I want to take the time to appreciate the women all over the world.
Over the years, it has always been about the man, richest man on Forbes list, richest man alive, but there are also lots of women at the top of their fields and what better day to acknowledge them than today.
Below is a list of top female entrepreneurs featured on Forbes’ list.
Top female entrepreneurs featured on Forbes’ list
1. Marian Ilitch
She co-founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959 with her husband, who died in February. Her net worth is $5.1 billion.
Ilitch and her husband have seven children: Christopher Paul Ilitch (born June 1965) is CEO and President of Ilitch Holdings, Inc.;
Denise D. Ilitch (born November 1955) is an attorney and former co-President, with her brother.
2. Diane Hendricks
Born: 1947, Wisconsin, United States
Diane Marie Hendricks is an American business woman and film producer from Wisconsin.
She is the widow of businessman Ken Hendricks who is the co-founder of ABC Supply Co., a wholesale home-construction materials distributor.
She has a net worth of $5.5 billion USD
3. Judy Love
Along with her husband Tom Love, she founded convenience store chain Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores. She has a net worth of $2.9 billion. Tom and Judy Love opened their first gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma, in 1964 using a $5,000 gift from her parents. Judy kept the books and ran the company with Tom until 1975, when she returned to college.
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been-William Golding
4. Oprah Winfrey
Born: 29 January 1954 (age 64)
Partner: Stedman Graham
TV personality, director, and philanthropist, Winfrey has a net worth of $2.9 billion.
The entertainment mogul is having a resurgence of her on-screen career, including a critically-lauded performance in an April 2017 HBO film.
The onetime Nashville news anchor is returning to her TV reporting roots as a special contributor on 60 Minutes in the fall of 2017.
Her OWN network had its most-watched year in 2016, but the bulk of Winfrey’s wealth is still derived from her talk show years.
Weight Watchers is counting on the ‘Oprah effect’: she bought a 10% stake in 2015 and acts as a brand ambassador.
“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman.”
– Melinda Gates, co-founder, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
5. Doris Fisher
Spouse: Donald Fisher
Co-founder of the Gap with her late husband, Donald Fisher, she has a net worth of $2.8 billion.
Doris Fisher cofounded Gap in 1969 with her husband, Don (d. 2009), after the couple struggled to find jeans that fit him.
The couple raised $63,000 to open their first store, which sold jeans and music, in San Francisco.
Fisher served as the company’s merchandiser from the day it opened until 2003 and sat on Gap’s board until 2009.
The 1953 Stanford economics graduate cofounded the KIPP Foundation, which supports public charter schools.
Her three sons, Robert, John and William Fisher, are also billionaires.
Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.- Phylicia Rashad
6. Judy Faulkner
Born: August 1943, New Jersey, United States
Spouse: Gordon Faulkner
Judith “Judy” R. Faulkner is the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company located in Wisconsin. Faulkner founded Epic Systems in 1979, with the original name of Human Services Computing.
CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a medical-record software provider. Her net worth is $2.5 billion.
Judy Faulkner founded America’s leading medical-record software provider, Epic, in a Wisconsin basement in 1979.
Faulkner, a computer programmer, is still CEO of the $2.5 billion (2016 sales) company.
Epic supports the medical records of over half the American population, and is used by top medical centers including Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic.
“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
– Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate
7. Johnelle Hunt
Born: 1939, Heber Springs, Arkansas, United States
Spouse: Johnnie Bryan Hunt
The largest individual shareholder of transportation company, J.B. Hunt, her net worth is $2.4 billion.
Johnelle Hunt is an American billionaire, the widow of Johnnie Bryan Hunt, and co-founder of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, the company they started in 1961
In 1961, Johnelle Hunt and her late husband, J.B. (d. 2006), sold their home and took out loans to start a rice hull packaging operation.
Eight years later, the couple bought five trucks and seven trailers to launch J.B. Hunt Transport Services.
The Lowell, Ark. business went public in 1983 and is now one of the biggest transportation companies in the nation, with $6.6 billion in sales.
Hunt, who stepped down as corporate secretary in 2008, remains the firm’s largest individual shareholder with a 17% stake.
In 2014, Hunt donated 6 acres of land to build the Walton Arts Center’s Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater
These been said, women all over the world deserve to be appreciated and celebrated so I want to take the time to appreciate women all over the world. From our mothers, to our sisters, to friends and relatives.
some information from Forbes and Wikipedia
Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
VERY HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY TO ALL LADIES