Girl Power: 25 American Women Making Million Dollar Paychecks

By Cristine Parungao

Today, men aren't the only ones who are dominating in different industries and making a name for themselves.

That's right. In today's world, women are also working hard to achieve their goals.

Get to know these 25 American women who are making a million-dollar paycheck and thriving because of it...

25. Serena Williams


Net worth: 29.2 million

Professional tennis player and entrepreneur Serena Williams is valued at $29.2 million from her tennis career and millions of investments.

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Serena owns stakes in the Miami Dolphins and the UFC, while also handling her own clothing line S by Serena and investment body Serena Ventures. At 37, Serena has invested in 34 startups worth $10 million. She ranked 63rd on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes list in 2019.

24. Kendall Jenner


Net worth: $30 million

Dubbed as the highest-paid model is the 23-year-old Victoria’s Secret model and TV personality from the Kardashian family. Kendall Jenner earns $22.5 million for her modeling career and is also an entrepreneur with the clothing line Kendall+Kylie. Kendall’s net worth is $30 million.

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23. Mary Barra


Net worth: $60 million

Considered the first female CEO of a global automaker company, General Motors, Mary Barra is worth $60 million at age 57. She is a board member of Disney and the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

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Barra had worked at General Motors since she was 18 years old and has advanced her position to Chairwoman after administrative, engineering, and managing positions.

22. Katie Couric


Net worth: $75 million

Ranking as one of the highest-paid journalists and TV news anchors, Katie Couric is earning $15 million per year for her contribution to making shows top rated.

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Her contract with ABC is upped by more than $10 million, and she’s only required to appear on a project-based deal. Now, Couric has her own production company called Katie Couric Media.

21. Kathleen Kennedy


Net worth: $150 million

In the film industry, the name Kathleen Kennedy is prominent because of her success in overseeing the production of films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and more. At the age of 66, Kennedy is already worth $150 million.

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20. Karissa Bodnar


Net worth: $275 million

The mind behind one of the most successful vegan cosmetics brands is a 29-year old named Karissa Bodnar. She is acting CEO of the brand Thrive Cosmetics, which generates $91.25 million in revenue annually, according to Beauty Independent.

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The brand also garnered a following from huge stars, such as Jessica Simpson and Priyanka Chopra-Jonas. Bodnar is now worth $275 million.

19. Whitney Wolfe


Net worth: $290 million

Owner and CEO of the dating application Bumble is a 29-year-old Whitney Wolfe Herd, who has a net worth of $290 million. Bumble is continuously expanding worldwide and has over 47 million users with annual revenue of $170 million.

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18. Danielle Steel


Net worth: $310 million

American writer and novelist Danielle Steel is one of the highest-paid authors in the United States. Her books, which are bestselling, have sold more than 800 million copies.

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She is considered the fourth best-selling author of all time, according to Wealthy Gorilla. At the age of 71, Steel’s net worth is around $310 million.

17. NehaNarkhede


Net worth: $360 million

Chief Tech Officer at a multi-billion startup Confluent, Neha Narkhede is a millionaire at age 34. The company is now valued at $2.5 billion and has high-profile customers like Netflix, Uber, and Goldman Sachs. Narkhede has a net worth of over $360 million.

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16. Katrina Lake


Net worth: $375 million

Owner and CEO of the fashion-based subscription service brand called Stitch Fix is a 36-year-old Katrina Lake. Because of the brand’s high market close, Lake’s fortune went up to $375 million according to Forbes. She is now on the 55th spot of the Self-Made Women Millionaires list in the United States.

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15. Beyoncé


Net worth: $400 million

Multi-Grammy award winner Beyoncé Knowles is one of the highest-paid musicians in the world. She is worth $400 million at the age of 37 and also a successful brand ambassador with Vogue endorsements, Adidas activewear line Ivy Park, and her world tour with husband Jay-Z with a gross daily income of $5 million per night.

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14. Susan Wojcicki


Net worth: $490 million

YouTube’s CEO and former Google marketing manager Susan Wojcicki is an American tech executive worth $490 million at age 51.

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Wojcicki pushes for Google’s acquisition of YouTube and is now the head of the said company for 5 years. She played a huge role in making Google the kind of corporate entity it is today and is doing the same for a different platform that is known as YouTube.

13. Rihanna


Net worth: 600 million

Rihanna is not just one of the highest-paid musicians globally; she is also a booming entrepreneur with her makeup line Fenty Beauty. In 2018, Fenty Beauty recorded a revenue of $570 million for its first 15 months in business.

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The 31-year-old musician is the owner of the beauty brand, which sells wide-range foundation shades, lipsticks, and more. According to Forbes, Rihanna is worth $600 million and ranks 37th on this year’s Self-Made American Women list.

12. Huda Kattan


Net worth: 610 million

The beauty mogul and makeup artist Huda Kattan is the co-founder of Huda Beauty, which is valued at $1.2 billion. Globally, Kattan, who is Iraqi-American, is ranked 37th on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women list.

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Her YouTube channel has more than 3 million subscribers and each video garners half a million views. Now at 35 years old, Kattan is worth $610 million and is situated in Dubai, UAE.

11. Marissa Mayer


Net worth: 620 million

Marissa Mayer is Google’s first female engineer and former Yahoo CEO in 2012. Most of her fortune is from her time at Google, but she also co-founded Lumi Labs, which is a consumer media company that focuses on artificial intelligence.

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At the age of 44, Mayer is already a millionaire with a net worth of $620 million and stands on the 35th spot of Forbes’ Self-Made Women Millionaires list.

10. Tory Burch


Net worth: $850 million

Tory Burch is a fashion designer, businesswoman, and owner of the multi-million retail brand under her name, Tory Burch. She is a 53-year-old philanthropist and is the acting Executive Chairman of the American lifestyle brand with $1 billion annual revenue.

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According to Forbes, Tory Burch is worth $850 million and ranks 29th on 2019’s Self-Made American Women.

9. Sara Blakely


Net worth: $1 billion

The woman behind the shapewear brand Spanx is a 48-year old Sara Blakely, who has climbed to the billionaire’s list by creating the most comfortable undergarments and maternity wear.


Now operating in 65 countries, Spanx generates more than $250 million annually. Blakely now stands on the 23rd spot of Forbes’ Self-Made Millionaires list.

8. Kylie Jenner


Net worth: $1 billion

It’s not a surprise why Kylie Jenner was featured in Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women in America list in 2018. The entrepreneur and reality TV show personality is already worth $1 billion at just 21 years old.

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Kylie is the CEO and owner of Kylie Cosmetics, a makeup and skincare brand that sold an estimated $360 million in 2018 alone. According to Forbes, the makeup brand is worth $900 million and is projected to reach $1 billion in 2022.

7. Katie Rodan


Net worth: $1.5 billion

Katie Rodan is a dermatologist and entrepreneur who created the famous acne treatment Proactiv, which has achieved billions in sales in recent years.

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Due to its success, Rodan decided to create a new brand called Rodan + Fields. The brand is also a big success because it generates $900 million in sales. Rodan is worth $1.5 billion at age 64.

6. Sheryl Sandberg


Net worth: $1.7 billion

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, who led the platform to $22.1 billion in profits, is a 49-year-old billionaire Sheryl Sandberg. Under her supervision, Facebook has positioned itself as a platform for SMEs, which resulted in bigger profits due to advertising.

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5. Oprah Winfrey


Net worth: $2.6 billion

Actress, media executive, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey is one of America’s Highest-Paid TV Stars. Oprah earns an estimate of $260 million per year for the Oprah Winfrey show alone.

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She also has other investments and businesses, which include the newest ‘O’ That’s Good’ food line, Oxygen Media, and Book Club, which have millions of members and more. According to Forbes, Oprah’s net worth is $2.6 billion at the age of 65.

4. Meg Whitman


Net worth: $3.8 billion

Meg Whitman is a business executive known for helping eBay gain more sales of up to $8 billion from her time as the CEO in the company. At 62, she is worth more than $3.8 billion and also serves as a board member of Procter & Gamble and Dropbox. In addition, Whitman is also the CEO of a startup mobile video platform called Quibi.

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3. Diane Hendricks


Net worth: $7.1 billion

The number one spot on Forbes’ America’s Self-Made Women is none other than Diane Hendricks, chairperson and owner of ABC Supply.

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At 72 years old, Hendricks is worth $7.1 billion with ABC Supply, earning $10 billion in sales. Under her management, the company was able to acquire rival Bradco and building materials distributor L&W Supply.

2. Laurene Powell Jobs


Net worth: $21 billion

Business executive and wife of late Apple Inc. Chairman Steve Jobs is a 55-year old Laurene Powell Jobs. She is the largest stakeholder of both Disney and Apple, which makes her net worth $21.2 billion.

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Aside from these investments, she also founded the Emerson Collective, which is a social change organization focused on education, environment, and health.

1. MacKenzie Bezos


Net worth: $36.8 billion

The controversial divorce of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos has made her the richest woman in the United States today.

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However, even before this divorce, MacKenzie was already earning millions of dollars due to the number of shares in the retail company. MacKenzie supported Jeff in building the company and is dedicated to helping with the company’s business plan through the years.



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