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Meet the world’s richest woman

The world’s richest self made woman is Zhou Qunfei, the founder of Lens Technology, according to Forbes. The company supplies touch screen glass for Apple, as well as other tech companies. Qunfei’s net worth is approximately $7 billion USD.

AT 16, Zhou Qunfei dropped out of school to work in a factory in Shenzen, making watch lenses for 75p a day. “I worked from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., and sometimes until 2 a.m.,” she told the New York Times in 2015. “There were no shifts, just a few dozen people, and we all polished glass. I didn’t enjoy it.”

She quit her job at the factory by sending a letter to the factory owner, which resulted in receiving a promotion instead. After the company folded, Zhou set up her own company out of a three-bedroom apartment, according to the Independent. The company produced mostly high quality watch lenses until they were approached to make mobile phone screens. From that point on, success followed.

Zhiu Qunfei is now one of 56 self made billionaires in 2017. She also joins 21 self made women billionaires from China alone. In the US, 17 women are self made billionaires, while in the UK only three. “More women entrepreneurs than ever before have climbed into the ten-figure club,” Luisa Kroll, Managing Editor of Wealth at Forbes Media said. “A record 56 self-made women are now billionaires, including the first-ever from countries like Vietnam and Japan. In fact, more than half of these enterprising women hail from Asia. Women are still the much rarer sex when it comes to wealth creation, but they are moving in the right direction.”

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