Assoc. for Women in Science

Winter 2015

AWIS Magazine covers topics important to women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. Topics include career advancement, work-life balance, the state of science and technology, women’s wellness, and AWIS’ political and

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23 your network | your resource | your voice careerplaybook self-made women The World's Richest Women: Where Do Women in STEM Rank? I n the recently released sixth edition of the Hurun Richest Self-Made Women in the World, three of the top ten women and a total of 18 women on the list were in science, technolo- gy, engineering and math (STEM) related fields. Out of the 73 self-made women on the list, Zhou Qunfei comes out of top with a total wealth of $7.8 billion. Qunfei founded Lens Technology, the touchscreen company that is a supplier to Apple, Samsung and Huawei. The richest self-made American woman is listed as Elizabeth Holmes, who comes in at number five. Holmes founded the blood testing company Theranos when she was a 19-year-old chemical engineering student at Stanford University. She's valued at $3.4 billion. The third women in a STEM-related field in the top ten is Ma Dongmin, the inspiration behind China's search engine giant Baidu.com – her husband Robin Li is one of its founders. China had 49 of the top 73 richest women while the U.S. came in second with 14 on the list, followed distantly by the U.K. with two. = Number of female billionaires Total wealth Female billionaires: nowhere comes close to China Female dollar billionaires and total wealth by country in 2015 China United States United Kingdom Spain Australia Brazil Italy Nigeria 49 $95.4 bn $4.6 bn $28.8 bn $1.8 bn $4.9 bn $1.4 bn $2.4 bn $2.4 bn 15 3 2 1 1 1 1 $

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