Richest self-made female billionaires are from China

Beijing: More than half of the 20 richest self-made women in the world are Chinese, with their average fortune surpassing US talk show host Oprah Winfrey and author J. K. Rowling, a list showed on October 12.

The three richest women on the planet are Chinese, led by paper-recycling queen Zhang Yin, who has a personal fortune of $5.6 billion, according to the Shanghai-based Hurun Report, which compiles data on wealthy individuals.

Of the 20 richest self-made female billionaires, 11 are Chinese, with wealth averaging $ 2.6 billion – compared with ninth-placed Winfrey’s $2.3 billion, the report said.

Rowling, author of the wildly popular Harry Potter books, came on bottom of the list, with one billion dollars.

The list includes three billionaires from the United States, three from Britain and one each from Italy, Russia and Spain.

The richest non-Chinese person on the list was Rosalia Mera of Spanish clothing store Zara with $3.5 billion.

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