World’s richest woman in tech?: World Richest Tech Woman 2015
Published: August 5, 2015
World’s richest woman in tech?: World Richest Tech Woman 2015, On the new FORBES list of the world’s 100 Richest In Tech, there are a mere seven women. These women include entrepreneurs who built innovative companies, heirs who took over tech fortunes and an executive who has run two of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies. Four of the female tech billionaires are based in the U.S., while the others hail from Switzerland, China and Hong Kong. The path to their riches lay in both software and hardware, and in everything from sound technology to online gambling.
The richest female techie who founded her own company is also one of the world’s richest self-made woman. Chinese entrepreneur Zhou Qunfei, who lives in Hong Kong, founded Lens Technology Lens Technology, a supplier of high-end glass for laptops and mobile devices, in 2003. The company, which went public in May, employs 60,000; Zhou has a fortune of $7.5 billion.
In the U.K., Denise Coates is worth $2.9 billion thanks to Bet365, the online gambling company she launched in 2000. The former accountant is co-CEO with her brother, John Coates, who’s also a billionaire. Computer programmer Judy Faulkner bet on electronic health records in 1979, when she founded Epic Systems in the U.S. More than half of Americans’ medical information is now stored using her software, and her net worth is $2.6 billion.
The only woman on the list to serve as a hired hand is Meg Whitman, who’s led tech giant Hewlett-Packard Hewlett-Packard since 2011 and will be CEO of HP Enterprise when the corporation splits in two this November. Most of her $2.2 billion fortune, though, is from her decade as CEO of online auction house eBay eBay.
Others inherited their wealth. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, inherited his stakes in Apple and Disney when he died in 2011 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She now wields a $21.4 billion fortune, making her the richest woman with tech money. In 2013, Dagmar Dolby, along with her sons, took control of roughly half of stock in Dolby Laboratories Dolby Laboratories when her husband, Ray Dolby, died at age 80. Dagmar, originally from Germany, met the American surround sound pioneer when they were studying at Cambridge University in 1962. Swiss heiress Eva Marie Bucher Haefner got half of her father Walter’s stake in software provider Computer Associates (now CA Technologies) when he died in June 2012 at age 101.
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