Women have been paving the path for entrepreneurs in every industry for many decades. From Estee Lauder, who launched her cosmetics company (EL) in the 1940s and Ruth Fertel, who wanted to have the best steak restaurant–Ruth’s Chris Steak House (RUTH), to feminine luggage tycoons Patricia R. Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founders of Vera Bradley (VRA), to Martha Stewart with her modern lifestyle tips in the 1980s and 1990s, women entrepreneurs have been able to withstand the economic and business pressures to be the best. Today, the list of women entrepreneurs spans many industries, from fashion to semiconductors, and even more countries.
Below is a list of the top women entrepreneurs who have made a significant mark this decade. This list is in no particular order but strives to recognize women who have built a world-renowned brand through their own hard work and strong drive.