Ten Self Made Women CEOs

Brooke Torres

Self Made women CEOs are not talked about enough!

The following women have done extraordinary things to get to where they are today. Some names may be familiar and some may not, regardless, they are inspirational women who deserve recognition.

Martha de la Torre

Annual Revenues: $22 million

Meet our very own CEO Martha de la Torre who has built Quinceanera.com‘s parent brands El Clasificado and EC Hispanic Media. Today, her company is the largest Spanish language daily publication in the United States!


Net Worth: $8 billion

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Hendricks used to sell custom-built homes until she joined forces with her husband to create ABC Supply. A company that sells roofing, windows, gutters, and siding for residential and commercial buildings. She is now an owner and chairperson of ABC Supply and owner of the Hedrick’s Holding Company.


Net Worth: $6.6 billion

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She is one of the founders of Little Caesars Pizza, which brings in more than $4 billion in annual systemwide sales. Ilitch also owns the Detroit Red Wings and MotorCity Casino Hotel. In addition to this, Ilitch also helps federally recognized tribes of Native Americans by developing their casinos which have proven to be a big revenue source.

Judy Faulkner

Net Worth: $5.5 billion

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Taking a look at the healthcare side of the industry; Faulkner is a big name, both in and outside of her field. Faulkner is the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company. Her name is known as one of the wealthiest self-made women of today.

 Tory Burch

Net Worth: $850 million

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Burch is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. She is the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of her own brand named after herself, Tory Burch LLC. She supports and is a part of many foundations and organizations that help those in need. 


Net Worth: $600 million

Not only has Rihanna excelled in the music industry, yet she has also gone on to make her own cosmetic and fashion lines. Aside from Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty, did you know that Riri is the founder of the nonprofit organization Clara Lionel Foundation; funds groundbreaking education and emergency preparedness and response programs around the world. Not to mention, That she is also an actress and was appointed as an ambassador of education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados. Riri is an icon!

Neha Narkhede

Net Worth: $600 million

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Neha Narkhede is co-founder and former chief technology officer of Confluent, a streaming data technology company currently valued at $4.5 billion. As a LinkedIn software engineer, she helped develop the software platform Apache Kafka to handle the networking site’s huge influx of data. Narkhede is one smart woman, and her hard work has really paid off. 

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Net Worth: $500 million

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She is the founder and CEO of Bumble, the dating app. Since then the company has also launched BumbleBFF, an app for finding friends, and BumbleBizz, a professional networking app. The company is valued at over $1 billion and is still growing fast. Wolfe Herd has launched 3 very successful apps in her young career; go girl go!

 Reese Witherspoon

Net Worth: $200 million

Witherspoon is an obviously talented and successful actress, however, she gained her success on her own. For example, there was a period where she was not getting any good roles so she decided to make her own production company called Pacific Standard, and co-funded Type A Films. Witherspoon is actively involved in children’s and women’s advocacy organizations.

Kris Jenner

Net Worth: $37.5 million

Famous Mama Jenner has her own production company called Jenner Communications. She was a part of the hit reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s, and is best known for the managing skills of her 5 daughters and getting a percentage from the deals she has created with them. 


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