Women of Wealth: Taylor Swift, Oprah, and Kim Kardashian Among Forbes’ Richest Self-Made in America

Forbes unveils its list of America's richest self-made women, featuring Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, and Kim Kardashian as prominent figures in business success.

In a remarkable showcase of entrepreneurial prowess, Forbes has unveiled its prestigious list of America’s wealthiest self-made women for 2023, with notable names such as Taylor Swift, Oprah Winfrey, and Kim Kardashian making significant contributions to this illustrious lineup.

Taylor Swift, the beloved singer-songwriter, secures an impressive position at 34th place on the list, boasting a remarkable net worth of $740 million, according to Forbes. As one of the highest-ranking female musicians, she follows closely behind Rihanna, who claims the top spot with a net worth of $1.4 billion.

Swift’s meteoric rise continues as she mesmerizes audiences on her Eras Tour, which commenced with a ticketing frenzy that even led to a Senate antitrust hearing. Undeterred by the challenges, she stands as an unstoppable force, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry.

Last year, Swift unveiled her highly anticipated tenth studio album, “Midnights,” smashing global music records and emerging as the bestselling release of 2022. With her extraordinary talent and business acumen, Taylor Swift proves that she is not only a musical sensation but also a shrewd entrepreneur.

Rihanna, a true trailblazer, achieved an extraordinary feat by becoming a billionaire in 2021. Renowned for her chart-topping hits and her booming fashion and beauty empire under the Fenty brand, she captivated the largest audience in Super Bowl history with her headlining performance during Super Bowl LVII’s Halftime Show. Rihanna’s success story continues to inspire as she redefines the boundaries of self-made success.

Oprah Winfrey, the influential media mogul and household name, secures a formidable position on the list at 13th place, amassing an astounding fortune of $2.5 billion. Adding to her impressive repertoire, she recently produced a highly anticipated musical remake of the cherished 1985 film, “The Color Purple,” directed by Steven Spielberg. The film is slated for a December theatrical release, promising an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Oprah’s talents extend beyond production; she also played a pivotal role in the original movie, earning an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. With her indomitable spirit and commitment to storytelling and empowerment, Oprah Winfrey remains an influential figure in the entertainment industry and beyond.

Kim Kardashian, a force to be reckoned with, secures the 21st spot on the list with a net worth of $1.2 billion. As a prominent figure in pop culture and through her role in “The Kardashians,” Kardashian co-owns the highly successful SKIMS shapewear brand, valued at an astonishing $3.2 billion.

Continuing her entrepreneurial endeavors, she ventured into the skincare industry with the launch of her brand, SKKN by Kim. Additionally, she owns the immensely popular cosmetics line, KKW Beauty. The family’s legacy of success extends further, with Kim’s younger sister, Kylie Jenner, ranking 38th on the list with a fortune of $680 million, courtesy of her thriving beauty line, Kylie Cosmetics.

Forbes also highlights the continued success of iconic singer Beyoncé, whose net worth has increased by $90 million since last year, bringing her total to $540 million. With the release of her seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” last year, Beyoncé continues to captivate audiences and embarked on her first solo tour in seven years, showcasing her unwavering talent and ability to redefine boundaries.

Joining the ranks of these extraordinary women are legendary icons such as Madonna, with a net worth of $580 million, securing her position as the third-richest American woman in music. Other notable musicians on the list include the incomparable Céline Dion at No. 56, with a fortune of $480 million, the timeless Dolly Parton at No. 59, amassing $440 million, and the incomparable Barbra Streisand at No. 61, with an impressive net worth of $430 million.

The pinnacle of this prestigious list belongs to Diane Hendricks, a mogul in the building supplies industry, who reigns as America’s wealthiest self-made woman with an astonishing net worth of $15 billion. Notably, Shonda Rhimes, the visionary behind Shondaland, makes her debut on the list at No. 96, with a fortune of $250 million, solidifying her status as an emerging powerhouse in the world of entertainment.

Forbes’ comprehensive list of America’s richest self-made women for 2023 celebrates the indomitable spirit, unwavering determination, and remarkable achievements of these exceptional individuals. Their contributions to their respective industries serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs and reaffirm the boundless potential within each of us. As we acknowledge their successes, we look forward to witnessing the continued impact they will undoubtedly make on the world stage.