These 10 Richest Women in America

These 10 richest women in America represent some of the wealthiest people in the country, according to Forbes’ most recent ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women. These self-made women are making their fortunes in everything from fashion and cosmetics to healthcare and technology, and their stories serve as an example of what’s possible when you put your mind to making your own fortune, regardless of what obstacles you face along the way. The first step to starting your own business or making more money at work is knowing who you can learn from, so let’s get to know these richest women in America.

10. Iris Fontbona

$2.3 billion. Fontbona is co-founder of mining company Pan American Silver, where she serves as a director. The company has operations across Latin America and Africa, and has a market cap of more than $6 billion. It took seventh place on Forbes’ list of largest silver producers in 2013. In 2013, Fontbona also became executive chairwoman of Antofagasta PLC (ANTO), one of Chile’s biggest mining companies; she became its CEO last year. In February 2014, Forbes announced that Fontbona was now worth $2.3 billion—up from $1.8 billion last year—making her one of four women billionaires on its list who live outside of North America or Europe.