Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

America's Richest Self-Made Women

Entrepreneurs, CEOs, entertainers, designers and even an author make it to the exclusive club

Published: Jun 16, 2015 06:04:57 AM IST
Updated: Jun 10, 2015 05:39:12 PM IST

Forbes has compiled its first ever list of the nation’s top 50 most successful women as measured by their net worths. The exclusive freshman class includes entrepreneurs, CEOs, entertainers, designers and even an author.

To compile net worths, we valued the individual’s assets, including the value of stakes in public companies, on May 15, when we locked in stock prices. We valued private companies by speaking with an array of outside experts and conservatively comparing them with public competitors. To be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes and be US citizens or permanent residents. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth. We attempted to vet these numbers with all list entrants. Some cooperated; others didn’t.

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(This story appears in the 26 June, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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