It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that there is a major gender gap in the tech world. The tech industry has definitely been known as a “men’s club”, but that hasn’t stopped these fearless, and ambitious females from rising to the top despite the adversity.
Here are seven women in tech that are crushing it, and paving the way for women to come.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Sandberg’s net worth is around $1 billion and she has really made her mark as Facebook’s chief operating officer. Sandberg also authored the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which led her to scoring a movie deal from Sony Pictures.
Meg Whitman, CEO, HP
Before becoming CEO at HP, Whitman made her fortune at eBay and is reportedly worth $1.9 billion. Whitman is also the only female tech executive to hit Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans.
Angela Ahrendts, SVP of Retail & Online Stores, Apple
She may not have CEO beside her name but Ahrendts was CEO at Burberry before moving to join Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook’s executive team. Not only is Ahrendts the only senior executive at Apple, it’s rumored that she earned $70 million in 2014, which is more than any other executive at Apple, including the CEO.
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo
Sitting on Forbes’ list of America’s richest self-made women, Mayer as an estimated net worth of $300 million. Prior to becoming CEO at Yahoo, Mayer worked 13 years at Google helping to develop tools we all know and love like Google Maps and Gmail.
Cher Wang, Co-Founder & Chair, HTC
Known to be the most powerful female in wireless, co-founder and chair of HTC, Cher Wang founded VIA Technologies in 1987 which 10 years later became HTC. The tech powerhouse said at one point to be making one in every six smartphones sold in the USA. The combined fortune of this couple was $3.1 billion in 2011 when they were named the richest couple in Taiwan.
Zhou Qunfei, Founder & CEO, Lens Technology
The world’s richest woman tech founder as of March 2015, Qunfei owns nearly 88% of Lens Technology, one of the world’s largest makers of glass covers for mobile phones and tablets that supplies top companies like Apple and Samsung. Qunfei started her company after learning about glass making and today has over 60,000 employees.
Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube
As the 16th employee of Google, Wojcicki moved on to become CEO of the Internets video hub, YouTube. Wojcicki can be thanked for Google AdSense and she also spearheaded Google’s purchase of YouTube. Wojcicki is known to be hands on and regularly engages with YouTube creators to help improve the platform.
If these fearless and bold females don’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.
About the Author
Lauren Marinigh is a Toronto-based online marketing and content development professional, who is completely addicted to traveling, puppies, and GIFs.