America’s Richest Self-Made Women: Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey & Madonna Make The List



Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna

Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna

America’s Richest Self-Made Women: Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey & Madonna Make The List

Forbes has released the list of America’s richest self-made women and a few of your favs have made the cut. According to the list, 26 of the 100 ladies featured are now billionaires and two-thirds are founders or co-founders of a company. In addition to that, 26 women are CEOs and 15 are newcomers to this exclusive club.

TV personality/businesswoman Oprah Winfrey comes in at number 12 with a reported net worth of $2.7 billion. Even though she’s most known for her popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey has many successful business ventures under her belt. The Mississippi native is an actress, author, investor, and network owner.

Oprah Winfrey

Rihanna is listed as the 16th richest self-made woman with a net worth of $1.7 billion. As previously reported, news recently broke that Rihanna is now a billionaire! The 33-year-old superstar was born in Barbados, but she is a Los Angeles, California resident. She’s also listed by Forbes as the 69th most powerful woman in the world.


Kim Kardashian-West made the list and is ranked at number 24. She’s reportedly worth $1.2 billion. The former KUWTK star is the head of several businesses including her cosmetics and fragrance company KKW Beauty and her shapewear line Skims. Forbes estimates her stake in Skims is worth at least $375 million.

Kim Kardashian

Sara Blakely, who is the founder and owner of the popular shapewear brand Spanx, comes in at the 39th spot. She’s reportedly worth $750 million.

Cofounder of the cable TV channel BET Sheila Johnson ties for the 39th spot with Sara Blakely and is also reportedly worth $750 million. Sheila Johnson launched BET with her then-husband, Robert Johnson, in 1979. Viacom bought the network in 2001 for $3 billion.


Following in her big sister Kim Kardashian West’s footsteps, Kylie Jenner also made the list at the 51st spot. She reportedly is worth $620 million. As previously reported, Kylie Jenner was once considered to be a billionaire but later lost the title once Forbes alleged her team exaggerated claims about her net worth.

Kylie Jenner

Madonna and Taylor Swift are other notable women on the list. They both are listed in the 58th spot with a reported net worth of $550 million each.


Taylor Swift

Singer Celine Dion is ranked 69th with $460 million and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter comes in at the 73rd spot with a net worth of $440 million.

Celine Dion


Ellen DeGeneres is worth $370 million, which earned her the 82nd spot on the list and Dolly Parton comes in at the 86th spot with $350 million.

Ellen DeGeneres

Dolly Parton

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Authored by: Twila-Amoure McDaniel