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From Estee Lauder to Ruth Fertel, women have been paying the path for entrepreneurs for many decades. Today, female entrepreneurs span industries from fashion to restaurants to semiconductors and the music industry, and female entrepreneurs are making their mark around the world. Some of the biggest companies have thrived over the past decade, changing how we live and work, and have made the world better for other aspiring entrepreneurs. The following are just a few of the women who have changed the face of business recently.

Huda Kattan – Huda Beauty

After quitting a finance gig in Dubai, Huda Kattan started her beauty empire. Huda built her company by working as a freelance makeup artist who made her own synthetic and faux minx eyelashes. Huda Beauty lashes caught the eye of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and shot Huda Kattan to makeup queen fame!

Tory Burch – Tory Burch

Working in some of the biggest fashion houses, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang, and Loewe, led Tory Burch to launch her brand and label. Tory Burch launched in 2004 and became a massive success with unique, on-trend designs. Through her company, Burch was able to branch out and founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which provides awareness to young women and supports women with cancer. 

Cher Wang – HTC Corporation

As the founder of a billion-dollar tech company, Cher Wang is focused on creating new and innovative smartphones for consumers. Wang has been able to steer her business despite market slumps and has created new devices that have helped boost sales for the company.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Biocon

Worth $3.4 billion in 2018, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is known as India’s first female entrepreneur. Biocon was founded in 1978 and developed biopharmaceuticals that are sold in over 120 countries around the world. Even with a well-established company, Mazumdar-Shaw is continually building her business to keep up with the changing pharmaceuticals industry.

Jennifer Hyman – Rent the Runway

Jennifer Hyman has been able to capitalize on a unique market. Rent the Runway, Hyman’s company has allowed individuals to rent designer dresses for events and then return it in a prepaid envelope. Rent the Runway has even expanded into memberships that will enable you the freedom to experiment with your wardrobe and wear top designer fashion at a lower price.

Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but these women have carved the path to future female entrepreneurs!