As we browse through mainstream media, liking the latest updates, snapchating our fanciest meals and tweeting the latest score, we seem to always stumble upon the same “typical” entrepreneurial characters that flood our newsfeed; Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs. At least from my perspective, we never get the same volume of female magic as we do with male all-stars, which is straight up crazy considering the extraordinary innovations and breakthrough ideas that have been championed by leading female figures. So without further ado, I´m putting the cards down on the table, showing you the womanly flush.
Arianna Huffington is not only a Greek sophisticated beauty, with a net-worth of 50 million dollars, but also, you guessed it, the actual founder of one of the world’s largest news websites and the first to ever win the Pulitzer Prize, The Huffington Post. This extraordinary woman, who, in 2009, was listed as number 12 in Forbes first ever list of the Most Influential Women In Media, took on the ultimate entrepreneurial path to establish her passion of journalism into a vision that would soon conquer the world in a storm, but like all success stories, it definitely didn’t come along easy.
Huffington was born in the great city of Athens in 1950, after which she moved to the UK and thereafter to the US to surround herself with environments that could fulfill her high-minded ambitions. She started out by writing 13 books as well as co-host a public radio program “Both Side Now” in where she discussed the nations’ (US) most relevant political issues – who knew a radio hostess would become one of the world’s richest and most powerful female figures?
Sara Blakely, the girl who used to work as a Disney World ride-greeter and a door-to-door fax machine salesperson is now making an astounding 250 million dollars in revenue designing her new line of shaping underwear and has even been picked up by “Oprah Winfrey´s Favorite Things.”
This gorgeous 43 year old woman is the ultimate definition of an entrepreneur, as she invested her entire life savings, a total of 5000 dollars (in her twenties), trying to figure out the next big thing within the fashion industry – and boy did she figure it out. SPANX, the undergarment company, is a multi-million dollar entity that rocketed into the skies, which even caught Oprahs’ attention after just six months (crazy). Today this ex-salesperson is ranked as the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire and is even named in Times annual list of the 100 most influential people – talk about an entrepreneurial spirit.
Crystal Culbertson is truly a flawless crystal as she killed it when she founded Crystal Clear Technologies, an innovative technology that supports data communications to the U.S. Armed Forces and even the U.S. federal government, which made her a total of 16.4 million dollars by the end of 2010 – who said men dominated the tech-world?
This badass woman’s mind-blowing technology even managed to put her on the INC. 5000 list, ranking her at number 5 in 2011.
Now 16.4 million sure is a lot of money, but it took sleepless nights, financial gambles, an extraordinary vision and not to mention, perseverance, as it took Crystal over five years to establish herself as an entrepreneur, millionaire and a female role model we all can look up to.
Rhonda Dibachi is yet another astonishing woman who broke through the stereotypical “male-powered” industry with her entrepreneurial genius attitude as she co-founded Noribachi. Now you may not have heard of this innovative business or even heard of the name Dibachi, yet, you almost see her groundbreaking technology every single day – interested now?
This woman established one of the most powerful LED manufacturing companies, supplying top-notch LED lighting for both commercial and industrial sectors, including the largest companies in the world such as Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. But her magic didn’t stop there, as she also co-founded Niku, a Sillicon Valley-based productivity software provider. A provider that managed to take Niku public in an IPO led by one of the world’s largest and most powerful investment banks, Goldman Sachs.
Michelle Mone, the beautiful Scottish model and entrepreneur, is why young motivated and determined future entrepreneurs keep on fighting, in the hopes of achieving what everybody else told them they couldn’t.
Mone wasn’t your typical school-kid, as a matter of fact; she left school by the age of 15. Her educational environment wasn’t really “appropriate” as she kept on being told that she was going to end up a failure – the irony! As determined as she was, she dropped out of school, setting sale in the hopes of becoming a successful businesswoman, proving to everyone what she really was made of – a net-worth of 30 million dollars.
Mone founded Ultimo, one of UK’s largest lingerie entities which focuses on the re-invention of sexy, comfortable and better looking bras, emphasizing on presenting a more tasteful presentation of the modern day cleavage. Now as simple as this “new bra” might sound like, it took her three determined years of research, design and development in order to attain the quality her product is known for today, selling out six weeks of stock in 24 hours. Until today, Ultimo’s selloff is known as the UK’s biggest bra launch in history.
Intellectual women and female entrepreneurs have absolutely been killing it out there, innovating, creating and revolutionizing our modern world. Geniuses that have been denied the spotlight because of the on-going male dominant biased perception of the business world – which is so wrong truth be told. I mean, what would millions of people be reading if it weren’t for Arianna Huffington? How would you be driving if it weren’t for Rhonda Dibachi? What would you be wearing if it weren’t for Michelle Mone’s incredible collection?
My point is, whether you like to face it or not, Women are going to gradually become the pioneers of today’s and tomorrow’s business endeavors, and will undeniably set new standards for entrepreneurial excellence and achievements.
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