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Meet America’s 10 Most Successful Women Entrepreneurs

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Women figure largely in the world of entrepreneurship. Need proof?

In its third annual list of America’s richest self-made women for 2017, Forbes featured 60 self-made female entrepreneurs, artists and personalities who are building enviable empires. The industries represented range from entertainment to food to fashion, and the list itself includes bold-face names like Taylor Swift and Beyonce, as well as lesser-known but incredibly successful founders of prominent brands like Carolyn Rafaelian of jewelry company Alex and Ani. One of the new billionaires on the list at No. 18, Rafaelian’s company–worth a reported $1 billion–is said to be considering an IPO.

Forbes reports that that the combined net worth of these women is a record of $61.5 billion. It also said the minimum net worth for entrants was $260 million this year, $10 million higher than in 2016.

Here are the top 10 female entrepreneurs featured on Forbes‘ list:

1. Marian Ilitich

She co-founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959 with her husband, who died in February. Her net worth is $5.1 billion.

2. Diane Hendricks

The co-founder of ABC Supply Co., a wholesale home-construction materials distributor, has a net worth is $4.7 billion.

3. Judy Love

Along with her late husband Tom Love, she founded convenience store chain Love’s Travel Stops & Company Stores. She has a net worth of $2.9 billion. 

3. Oprah Winfrey

TV personality, director, and philanthropist, Winfrey has a net worth of $2.9 billion.

5. Doris Fisher

Co-founder of the Gap with her late husband, Donald Fisher, she has a net worth of $2.8 billion.

6. Judy Faulkner

CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a medical-record software provider, her net worth is $2.5 billion.

7. Johnelle Hunt

The largest individual shareholder of transportation company, J.B. Hunt, her net worth is $2.4 billion.

9. Elaine Wynn

Wynn co-founded Wynn resorts with her late husband, and her net worth is $2.1 billion.

10. Lynda Resnick

Resnick founded the Wonderful Company with her husband Stewart, home to brands like Pom Wonderful, Wonderful Pistachios, and Fiji Water. Her net worth is $2 billion. 

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