Sheryl Sandberg is one hell of a pioneer and Tough Cookie. We’ve talked about how male-dominated the world of tech has been, and how it’s about time women stepped up in that arena.
And Sheryl has been doing just that. She’s practically the poster-child (or poster-adult) for that. She’s managed to established herself as a dominant figure in tech. And she did it without founding her own company or writing a single line of code.
The Forbes Billionaires list added 268 new names in 2014, and of those, 42 are women. That’s not bad odds. There’s still plenty of room for that to improve of course – but still, not too shabby.
And Sheryl’s got one of those spots.
Also on the list with her are these fellow self-made women billionaires:
Folorunsho Alakija is Nigeria’s first female billionaire, and she did it on her own. She started out a secretary for a Nigerian merchant bank in the 1970s, then quit her job to study fashion design in England and eventually founded Nigerian fashion label Supreme Stitches which boasted some seriously upscale clientele. But that only got her so far. So in 1993, she secured an oil-prospecting license for a 620,000-acre plot of land, hired Texaco to assess the oil potential, and discovered it was one of Nigeria’s most prolific oil blocks – of which she owns a 60% stake. She had to fight Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo for her share of that at one point, but she won out in the end. (Boy, did she!)
Denise Coates is a self-made billionaire in the U.K, who got her first taste of success taking over some of her father’s shops as an accountant and turning them around to sell for a pretty profit. She then noticed the success of online gambling businesses, and launched the online betting firm Bet365.com in March 2001, of which she is now joint CEO and the primary shareholder.
Pretty inspiring stories, huh? Let’s here it for these self-made Tough Cookies! And if they can do it, so can you!