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Here Are The Surprising Ways World’s Richest Women Made Their Fortune

By Ben Hardicre on 16th Feb 2017

Forbes has been celebrating America’s most successful. Releasing the Richest Self – Made Women issue.

The list includes 60 of the richest women in the U.S. They are worth an average of over $1 billion (£691 million) each. Staggering!

But the question has to be asked, how did they make so much money and earn their fortune?

Some of the women on the list are already well known, including Queen B – Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Madonna, who have all made their fame firstly through their music careers.

Many other females on the list have taken a completely different and more unusual path to success.

Here we take a look at a few women who earned their fortune in more surprising ways than most.

Sarah Blakeley

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Blakeley is the CEO of shape-wear brand Spanx. The 45-year-old began as a door-to-door fax salesperson before founding the company at the age of 29, with just $5,000 in savings. She wanted to create something to wear under white slacks, and now she’s worth $1 billion. In 2015 she became part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team.

Johnelle Hunt

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Ranked 5th on the list, Johnelle is worth $2.3 billion. She is a self-made billionaire from trucking of all things!

There’s hope for everyone yet, as she dropped out of the University of Central Arkansas. She married her high school sweetheart, J.B. Hunt and the couple kick-started a rice hull packaging business in 1961. The business required her to work full time there. They invested in five used trucks and seven trailers, forming J.B. Hunt Transport Services. The company now boasts nearly 16,000 drivers and the company makes $6.2 billion in sales.

Sophia Amoruso

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At 32, the author and fashion company NastyGal founder has made it onto the prestigious list with a net worth of $280 million. After making her first million in 2010, she took careful steps not to spend too much money. Talking to Business Insider she said: “A big no-no is increasing your spending as soon as your income increases. I have always been careful to avoid this pitfall.”

 

Kathy Ireland

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Kathy Ireland originally enjoyed a successful modelling career after being scouted by an agency at 16. She appeared on the cover of multiple Sports Illustrated covers. She then lent her name to over 17,000 products, from handbags to office furniture. She has a net worth of $360 million. Not a bad business venture there!

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Diane Hendricks

Hendricks route to becoming a billionaire is one of the strangest. She co-founded a roofing business with her late husband back in 1982. Hendricks was a distributor and offered ‘distribution to the nation, to every roofer out there – not just the big guy but the little guy.’ The business kept growing rapidly and sales have doubled within the past year. She’s worth around $4.9 billion and is the richest woman on the Forbes’ self-made list!

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