Not many women have managed to break through the glass ceiling and reach the top of the male-dominated tech industry. Some of these women began in low-level positions and have risen through the ranks to become successful leaders and CEOs of multibillion-dollar organizations.
Below are 5 self- made female billionaires in technology, according to Nairametrics.
Whitney Wolfe Herd, Founder of Bumble Dating App, $1.2 billion
Whitney Wolfe Herd is the co-founder and CEO of Bumble, one of the most popular dating apps in US. After taking her company public on NASDAQ, she became a self-made billionaire. Once leaving Tinder in 2014, she launched Badoo with the support of an early investor, Russian billionaire Andrey Andreev. As of March 2021, the two applications are available in 150 countries and with over 2.8 million active subscribers.
Jenny Just, Co-Founder of PEAK6 Investment, $1.5 Billion
Jenny Just and her co-founder, founded PEAK6 Investments in 1997. It’s now a multibillion-dollar financial services and technology company with a 57 percent average yearly return. Apex Fintech Solutions, her flagship investment, manages back-end trading and technology for fintechs like SoFi, Ally, eToro, and WeBull. Apex Fintech Solutions is set to go public through a SPAC merger, with a market capitalization of $4.7 billion.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, $1.9 billion
She is one of the most influential women in the field of technology. Sheryl Sandberg is an American business executive and philanthropist with a net worth of $1.8 billion. Since 2008, she has served as Facebook’s Chief Operational Officer, contributing to a significant increase in the social media company’s revenue. Sheryl formerly worked at Google as the Vice President of global online sales and operations.
She has served as the Treasury Department’s chief of staff under President Clinton, as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, and as an economist for the World Bank. Sandberg sits on the boards of Facebook, ONE, and SurveyMonkey, among other companies.
Thai Lee, President, and CEO of SHI International, $4.1 billion
Thai Lee is the CEO of SHI International, an IT firm that specializes in reporting, tracking, configuration, software licensing, and IT asset management. SHI International, which has over 20,000 customers all over the world.
SHI was a $1 million software reseller when she co-founded it in 1989. It is now the largest minority/woman-owned company in the United States, with 2020 revenues exceeding $11 billion for the first time.
Meg Whitman, former eBay chief executive, $6.1 billion
Meg Whitman is a Silicon Valley veteran with a net worth of $6.1 billion. From 1998 until 2008, she was the CEO of eBay, which grew sales from $5.7 million to $8 billion.
She has led a number of multibillion-dollar technology enterprises as CEO. From 2011 to 2015, she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, where she supervised the company’s split into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is also a member of the Procter & Gamble and General Motors boards of directors.