If you think that modern billionaires are refined socialites, whose fingers are shaking with the weight of diamond rings, we have to disappoint you. This list of the most influential female entrepreneurs will most likely change your perception of businesswomen.
Toni Ko moved to the United States from Korea when she was 13 years old. After lessons, she helped parents who had a warehouse. In 1999, when she was 25 years old, she noticed how big the gap in price is between cosmetics from the supermarket and pharmacy products. Thanks to her participation in the family business, she had connections in the world of wholesale trade and start-up capital, so she took a chance and launched the NYX Cosmetics brand – selling elite cosmetics at a bargain price. In the first year, Ko received $4 million in retail sales. In 2014, she sold her brand to L’Oréal, the company’s value then reached $500 million. And in the spring of 2016, Co launched a brand of stylish and flirty Perverse Sunglasses for $40 – $60 per pair. Toni was so busy that she never had the opportunity to think about her personal life, but you do. Here’s the ultimate guide on how to win your ex back.
She is the widow of the founder of Sun Hung Kai Properties, the largest developer in Hong Kong. Kwong served as company chairman from 2008 for three years after her son, Walter, left the post as a result of a heated conflict with his brothers. Today, she remains the biggest shareholder of Sun Hung Kai with a 26.58% stake. Her 3 sons were supposed to inherit equal shares of this huge fortune after her death; however, since her son died in 2018, his wealth was redistributed between his children and brothers. Meanwhile, his two brothers now already have a great fortune. In 2017, they were ranked 77th on the Forbes list and also ranked fourth among the richest people in Hong Kong.
In 1993, the couple Wu Yajun and Cai Kui founded Longfor Properties, a holding company that invests in Chinese real estate, as well as related services. However, with the divorce of the owners in 2012, Wu Yajun’s ex-husband stopped working on the company’s affairs. Before she took up real estate, she managed to graduate from the Department of Navigation Engineering of Northwestern Polytechnic University and work at the Qianwei Meter Factory. Then Wu Yajun decided to change her field of activity and got a job as a journalist in the Chinese News Agency. At that time, the agency had connections with the construction bureau of the Chongqing Municipal Government, which turned out to be extremely useful for Yajun when she began to engage in real estate. Since its inception, Longfor Properties has developed rapidly and was soon able to establish itself in its segment. The huge fortune of Wu is managed by a company called Wu Capital, which was founded in 2013. She specializes in investments in technology companies, including Uber and Evernote.
She started as the main shareholder of Country Garden Holdings Ltd. with a sharp increase in capital. Over the next year, she lost all of her savings. How, after a sharp decline in profits, she was able to increase her capital and write the story of the richest woman in Asia? For the first time, a woman received this status at the age of 26, when she brought her father’s company to the stock markets, and in a few days, increased its capital. The young billionaire’s path did not go without losses – several times, she lost almost half her fortune.
The oil company Perenco was founded by Carrie Perrodo’s husband, Hubert. This is one of the largest private oil companies that operate in Peru, Gabon, Vietnam, and other countries. In 2016, it was estimated that the company’s revenue was $2.4 billion. Hubert Perrodo died in 2006 during a trip to the Alps. His wealth was equally redistributed to Kerry Perrodo and their three children: Francois, Natalie, and Bertrand. Francois led Perenco, Natalie – a family investment in wine. Carrie Perrodo once had her modeling agency, Carrie’s Models, which she subsequently sold. However, it still exists.