Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Oprah Just Made the List of America's Most Successful Self-Made Women for "Forbes"
In 1982, Diane Hendricks and her husband Kenneth founded ABC Supply, a roofing company based in their home state of Wisconsin. Thirty-four years, multiple acquisitions, and one major financial crisis later, Hendricks now helms the largest wholesale distributor of siding and roofing materials in the country. Since her husband passed away in 2007, Hendricks has operated the business solo and rejected all buyout offers. One of nine daughters born to dairy farmers, Hendricks is now worth $4.9 billion. Thanks to the massive success of ABC Supply, Hendricks has yet another major milestone to celebrate: She was just named the most successful self-made woman in America by "Forbes."
Coming in behind Hendricks is Oprah Winfrey. After buying a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers in 2015, the company's stock rose 90 percent and Winfrey's already impressive personal fortune grew to $3.1 billion, landing her the number two spot.
Winfrey wasn't the only famous face to land on list. Thanks to her 1989 tour, Taylor Swift debuted on the list in the #60 spot. Not only did the 2015 concert series net her a quarter of a billion dollars, it earned her the honor of being the youngest woman to break into this elite clique. Swift was one of numerous celebrities, including Jessica Alba (#42; net worth: $340 million), Judge Judy (#52; worth: $290 million), and, of course, Beyonce (#56; net worth: $265 million).
Other notable women included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (#14; net worth: $1.4 billion), Nastygal founder Sophia Amorouso (#53, net worth: $280 million), and NYX cosmetics impresario Toni Ko (#57, net worth: $260 million).
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