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Lessons From Female Entrepreneurs
If you are someone who is a budding entrepreneur or an aspiring professional, there’s a pretty good chance you developed part of your drive by being inspired by someone else.
There are plenty of people that have become extremely successful by combining their genius with their strong work ethic, which is always something that is inspirational.
You can find many lists like this one from the Telegraph which compiles a number of impressive entrepreneurs who have relative rags-to-riches stories we can all be inspired by.
The likes of Sir Richard Branson, Alan Sugar or James Dyson are regular features on lists such as this. However, there is one thing these lists all have in common, they only contain men.
In fact, in the public eye, there is actually a district lack of lists which provide female entrepreneurial role models.
Thankfully, the guys at silverdoor.co.uk have put together an infographic to right this wrong. It’s titled ‘10 Inspirational Female Entrepreneurs & Lessons You Can Learn From Them’.
This intelligent infographic brings together very successful women from a wide variety of different industries and provides 10 examples of success that can inspire anyone, be it male or female. Take a look for yourself below.
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TEN INSPIRATIONAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS & LESSONS YOU CAN LEARN FROM THEM
If you’re an entrepreneur yourself, or any kind of aspiring professional, you’ll likely have a number of inspirational role models who you look up to.
Perhaps it’s Richard Branson, James Dyson, or the boss himself, Alan Sugar. However, at times, it can seem like there’s an alarming lack of female entrepreneurs in the public eye.
We’ve taken a look at some of the world’s most influential female entrepreneurs which we could all learn a lot from, no matter what our profession or gender is.
“IN THE FUTURE, THERE WILL BE NO FEMALE LEADERS. THERE WILL JUST BE LEADERS.”
Who Is She: COO of Facebook and founder of their non-profit organisation, LeanIn.org.
Estimated Net Worth: £1.1 billion
Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of one of the world’s biggest businesses, and is also the founder of LeanIn.org, their not for profit organisation which is dedicated to “Offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.”
She continues to be committed to encouraging women to aim as high as possible even after the tragedy of losing her husband in 2015.
“DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW. THAT CAN BE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH AND ENSURE THAT YOU DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY FROM EVERYONE ELSE.”
Who Is She: Founder of Spanx, and the Youngest Self-made Billionaire in the U.S.
Estimated Net Worth: £784 million
One of wealthiest female entrepreneurs in the world, Sara Blakely is a great example of how a simple idea can snowball into a multi-million-pound business.
Frustrated with the lack of hosiery options, she began snipping away at tights to create what has become the number one secret weapons in the fight against flab.
“FEARLENESS IS LIKE A MUSCLE. I KNOW FROM MY OWN LIFE THAT THE MORE I EXERCISE IT THE MORE NATURAL IT BELONGS TO NOT LET MY FEARS RUN ME.
Who Is She: Founder and ex-Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post.
Estimated Net Worth: £38 million
An inspirational figure to all those aspirational bloggers out there, Arianna is one of the biggest names in the journalism world, serving as editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post for 11 years.
“IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL IT, IT IS BECAUSE SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME, SOMEONE GAVE YOU A LIFE OR AN IDEA THAT STARTED YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. REMEMBER ALSO THAT YOU ARE INDEBTED TO LIFE UNTIL YOU HELP SOME LESS FORTUNATE PERSON, JUST AS YOU WERE HELPED.”
Who Is She: Co-founder of the Gates Foundation.
Estimated Net Worth: £54 billion
Just as entrepreneurial as her husband Bill, Melinda Gates formerly worked as General Manager of information products at Microsoft before leading her and her husband’s philanthropic foundation.
The Gates Foundation does lots of fantastic work in many areas such as education and global health.
“FOCUSING ON A PERSON’S POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES IS AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO GIVE LOVE.”
Who Is She: Found and CEO of Bet365
Estimated Net Worth: £2.9 billion
Denise Coates grew up working in her father’s betting shops in Stoke, before setting up her own betting site in 2000, a risky move when the industry was still very much offline.
Bet365 is now one of the world’s largest online gambling companies and they even own Stoke City, F.C.
“ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY, AS YOU CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE TO MAKE ENDS MEET, SOMEWHERE, SOMEHOW, YOU WILL MAKE IT.”
Who Is She: Second Richest Women in Africa
Estimated Net Worth: £1.4 billion
Folorunsho Alakija started out by forming her own fashion label in Nigeria, before moving into oil, where she really made her fortune.
With an estimated net worth of around £1.4 billion, she is now one of the richest black women in the world.
“BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE: YOU’LL END UP HAVING MORE. IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE, YOU WILL NEVER, EVER HAVE ENOUGH.”
Who Is She: Actress, talk show host, Best-selling Author, Producer, TV network owner…. the list goes on!
Estimated Net Worth: £2.2 billion
Oprah reall has done it all, and is one of the world’s most successful women in the world today. While she’s best known for her talk show, she’s established herself as ‘The Queen of All Media’ and is believed to be Americas only black multi-millionaire.
What makes her successes all the more inspirational is the fact that she has never been married, making her a great role model for single women.
“HARD WORK WILL ALWAYS BRING OPPORTUNITIES.”
Who Is She: Known as ‘The First Lady of Football’, Vice-chair of West Ham, Newspaper Columnist and Politician.
Estimated Net Worth: £85 million
You’ll likely know Karren Brady from TV’s ‘The Apprentice’ but she’s a very busy woman when she’s not in the boardroom!
She worked her way up to become Managing Director at Birmingham City F.C. at just 23 years of age and is now also a Small Business Advisor for the Government.
“WE DO NOT NEED MAGIC TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD. WE CARRY ALL THE POWER WE NEED INSIDE OURSELVES ALREADY. WE HAVE THE POWER TO IMAGINE BETTER.”
Who Is She: Author of the Harry Potter series
Estimated Net Worth: £776 million
J.K Rowling is a prefect ‘rags to riches’ story, going from being a single mother on benefits to a best-selling Author.
Of course, she is best known for the Harry Potter series, and the entire franchise is currently estimated to be worth over £11 billion.
“I BELIEVE IN TAKING CHANCES AND LIVING YOUR LIFE. SOMETIMES DOORS OPEN AND OTHERS CLOSE AND YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE. I’M ALWAYS THE ONE THAT’S CHALLENGING.”
Who Is She: Supermodel and Skincare Entrepreneur
Estimated Net Worth: £279 million
Did you know that as well as being one of the world’s most successful supermodels, Gisele Bundchen has also founded her own natural skincare company, Sejaa Skincare?
She also has her own line of sandals and has wokred hard on and off the runway to become the success that she is today.