BY MINDY ALLEN
Oprah Winfrey, the self-made queen of talk, is one of the most recognizable Forbes billionaires. She is also notable because she has been part of the small percentage of women
on the previous Forbes billionaire lists. This year, a record number of women have earned their name on the list of billionaires, joining Oprah Winfrey. Even though women only make up approximately 10% of the list, according to Forbes, “172 women landed on this year’s list… and a far more impressive 60% increase over the past two years.”
Sheryl Sandberg, A newcomer to the list, is Facebook’s chief operating officer. As a 44 year old mother of two children, Forbes has named Sandberg as “one of the world’s youngest self-made [female] billionaires.”
Christy Walton, the richest of all the women on the Forbes’ list, comes in as the 9th richest person in the world. If the name does not give it away, Walton has obtained most of her money from the famous supermarket, Wal-Mart, which was founded by her father-in-law, Sam Walton, in 1962.
Since the number of women on Forbes Billionaire list has grown substantially over the past couple years, it looks promising that many more women will eventually have their name added to the list. However, Forbes says that only 32 out of 172 women on the list are self-made like Oprah Winfrey.