Chinese Tech Entrepreneur Is Now The World's Richest Self-Made Woman
Chinese entrepreneur Zhou Qunfei already had a lot to be proud of going into 2015. The touch-screen manufacturer she leads, Lens Technology, had built up a blue-chip customer list in the growing smartphone industry that included Apple and Samsung. And the company was awaiting permission to list at China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange this year.
Zhou quickly notched up an accolade after the stock’s trade debut on March 18 by becoming the richest woman in the global tech industry. With the passing of a month and a more than 300% rise in the company’s share price, the one-time factory worker has achieved another milestone: Zhou is also the world’s wealthiest self-made woman.
Forbes estimates of China’s 400 billionaires and billionaire families unveiled today put Zhou’s fortune at $10.2 billion. That topped Chinese real estate developer Chan Laiwa, who ranked No. 2 among self-made women with $8.1 billion.
Greater China is home to fully half of the world’s richest self-made women. Rounding out the top 10 are Elizabeth Holmes ($4.7 billion), Wu Yujun ($4 billion), Diane Handricks ($3.6 billion), Zhang Xin and her husband Pan Shiyi ($3.5 billion), Doris Fisher ($3.2 billion), Pollyanna Chu ($3.1 billion), Oprah Winfrey ($3 billion) and Giuliana Benetton ($2.9 billion).