A tiny subset of women among the world’s richest people built billion-dollar fortunes from scratch, using great ideas and hard work, despite the gender discrimination that might prevail in the global business world.
According to the research institute Hurun, eight of the top 10 richest self-made women in the world are from China.
We have been looking at some successful women and today we want to share two inspirational stories.
Qunfei holds the title of China’s richest woman after her company debuted on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. She is president of Lens Technology, a company that makes touchscreens for phones, tablets, and computers. The products are said to be used in every one out of five smartphones worldwide, causing her net worth to spike to a current value of $7.8 billion.
But most of the people don’t know her astonishing story.
Before her success, Zhou, nicknamed the “touchscreen queen”, was born into extreme poverty. Raised by her blind father in rural Hunan, she dropped out of high school at age of 16 and started to work for a processing factory where she was in charged of making glasses for watches. Her unfortunate circumstances only made her work harder, and within two years, she got to the beginning of her happy story: she became the director of the entire manufacturing operation.
Chan Laiwa, the second richest self-made woman is also from China. In the early 1980s, she started her own small business of buying and re-selling furniture. Few years later, she founded Fuwah International Group, a Beijing based investment company. Though its predominant business is real estate, the company also has a diverse portfolio in the fields of agriculture, tourism, electronics, hospitality and red sandalwood art production, etc.
Nowadays, Chan’s fortune is worth more than $5.2 billion.
As it is recognizable from their stories, these two women have built companies, pioneered new technologies, made huge advances in their respective fields, but most of all, they have inspired, and still are, other women and young girls, by showing them that hard work and persistence lead to great success.
Life is never as difficult as before when the chance of having impressive female role models to lean on exists.
Eleonora Agus, Associate