Aspiring Business Leaders Worldwide

Women Entrepreneurs of the Decade
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Kiran Mazmudar Shaw

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Shaw is a founder of India’s leading biotechnology company and is the nation’s wealthiest self-made woman with total assets $655 million. In addition to that, Shaw is presently the first female chair of one of the nation’s 12 foremost business schools, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. In 1978, Shaw founded biotech firm, Biocon, with a seed capital of a mere $160 dollars. Biocon only the second Indian company to cross the $1-billion mark on the first day of listing, by reaching a market value of $1.1 billion on its first IPO day. A dynamic philanthropist, she as of late donated $5 million into cancer research in Bangalore.

Rosalie Mera

Rosalie Mera co-founded Inditex (parent company of Zara, and also owns retailers Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Uterque and Zara Home). A high-school drop at a young age of 11, worked as a seamstress to help her then husband create robes and lingerie under the roof of their home. This Spanish businesswoman and entrepreneur at the time of her death in 2013 was the richest woman in Spain and the world’s richest self-made woman.

Judy Faulkner

Faulkner is the founder and CEO of Epic Systems that sells electronic health systems and is considered as the most powerful women in healthcare. Epic Systems was founded with an initial capital investment of $6,000, which currently makes annual sales topping $103 million and has over 800 employees. One of the youngest self-made women, Faulkner presently controls Epic Systems $1.7 billion.

Liza Falzone

Falzone is the co-founder and CEO of Revel System, an award-winning iPad POS system for those in food and retail business. Falzon manages a Senior Leadership role and has also been a key player in procuring more than $13 million revenue as during one of its initial funding rounds. Revel System is currently in more than 1,200 enterprise locations including Goodwill, Belkin, Griffin, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and more. Liza is often cited as one of the most important woman tech leader in Silicon Valley by various publications.

Wu Yajun

A former journalist-turned-entrepreneur, Wu Yajun held the title of the richest woman and the fifth richest person in China. A Chinese businesswoman, co-founder, former CEO and current chairwoman of Longfor Properties, Yajun holds over $4.3 billion fortune and leads Longfor that has market cap of over $10 billion and more than 10,000 employees.

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