Female entrepreneurs often have it tougher than their male counterparts when seeking to rise to the top in the business world. They often face barriers that would make a lesser person give up. These challenges can come in the form of discrimination or having a lack of capital.
A number of female entrepreneurs have been able to overcome these challenges and rise to the top of the corporate ladder. Let's take a look at six female entrepreneurs that were able to build fortunes without a lot of cash.
Oprah Winfrey's story is truly a rags to riches experience. She was able to overcome a childhood of extreme poverty to build a fortune valued at over £1.55 billion. Winfrey's determination led to her becoming the first African American female news anchor before the age of 20 and eventually become the host of the wildly successful 'Oprah Winfrey Show'.
She has managed to build a media empire through sheer determination and perseverance. Oprah Winfrey has the Midas touch and has been able to find success in movies, television and literary works. She has used her significant resources to launch her own network titled, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Very few people knew that the Harry Potter creator used to be a broke single mother before she revealed it in an interview. Rowling relied on welfare to survive before coming up with her signature character, Harry Potter.
All of her circumstances changed when she published her first novel in 1997. Harry Potter became an instant hit leading to several book deals, movies and toy product sales books.
[See also: Britain's richest women]