Sheryl Sandberg and Laurene Powell Jobs
Sheryl Sandberg and Laurene Powell Jobs

Women's Day 2019: Laurene Powell Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg, the world’s richest women in tech

ANI | Updated: Mar 07, 2019 22:54 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar 7 (ANI): As much as the technology industry is one of the most sought after and profitable industries today, it is plagued by gender bias. However, some women have made it to the top leadership and are counted among the world’s richest.
According to Forbesrankings, the first woman billionaire in tech, surprisingly, doesn’t event list in the top 10 or top 20 in the general list. At number 54 on the world billionaires’ list, Laurene Powell Jobs is the wealthiest woman in tech with a cool USD 18.5 billion net worth.
Laurene has USD 20 billion from the stakes in Apple and Disney that she inherited from her late husband and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Although a billionaire from inheritance, Laurene put her fortune to work through a for-profit social impact firm, Emerson Collective, founded in 2004.
The Forbes World’s Billionaires list is a snapshot of wealth using stock prices and exchange rates from February 8, 2019. According to the latest list, the ranking of women billionaires in tech is as follows:
1. Laurene Powell Jobs (USD 18.5 billion): Inherited. Wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; global ranking #54
2. Dagmar Dolby (USD 4.1 billion): Inherited. 38 percent owner of Dolby, founded by her late husband; global ranking #479
3. Judy Faulkner (USD 3.6 billion): Self made. Founder of medical record software provider Epic Systems; global ranking #592
4. Meg Whitman (USD 3.3 billion): Self made. Former CEO of eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise; global ranking #661
5. Zhou Qunfei (USD 3.1 billion): Self made. CEO of Lens Technology, a smartphone screen supplier with customers including Samsung, Nokia, and Microsoft; global ranking #745
6. Melissa Ma (USD 2.6 billion): Inherited. Wife of Baidu CEO Robin Li; global ranking #877
7. Lam Wai Ying (USD 2.3 billion): Self made. Co-owner of Biel Crystal Manufactory that makes touch screen glass for iPhones, smartwatches, and tablets; global ranking #1008
8. Thai Lee (USD 2.1 billion): Self made. CEO of IT provider SHI International that has clients including AT&T and Boeing; global ranking #1116.
9. Wang Laichun (USD 2 billion): Self made. Chairperson of Luxshare Precision Industry, manufacturer of electronic connectors for companies like Apple; global ranking #1168
10.  Sheryl Sandberg (USD 1.6 billion): Self made. COO of Facebook since 2008; global ranking #1425
These rankings also indicate that women billionaires have been on a rise since the last decade. The total count of 243 women billionaires includes more than 50 who are self made. The number of women who have inherited the wealth is more than those who have inherited and are growing the fortune. (ANI)