Meet the Seven Florida Women on Forbes’ Richest Self-Made Women List – NBC 6 South Florida

Florida is well represented on Forbes’ latest list of the “richest self-made women,” released last week.

A total of seven women from the Sunshine State made the list of the country’s 100 most successful female entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers.

Florida’s top-ranked woman and number 20 on the list is Safra Catz of Fort Lauderdale, with a net worth of $1.9 billion.

Catz, 62, is the CEO of computer technology company Oracle, which she joined in 1999.

Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle Corp.

According to Forbes, Catz, born in Israel, earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and worked on Wall Street for the software industry for 14 years.

At number 27 on the list is Neerja Sethi, from Fisher Island, with a net worth of $1 billion.

Sethi, 69, co-founded IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel with her husband Bharat Desai in 1980 in their apartment in Troy, Michigan, with an initial investment of $2,000. It was purchased in 2018 for $3.4 billion and Sethi received an estimated $510 million for her stake.

Number 42 on the list is Martine Rothblatt of Satellite Beach, with a net worth of $820 million.

Rothblatt, 69, co-founded Sirius Satellite Radio in 1990 and later founded United Therapeutics after her daughter was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 19: Martine Rothblatt attends the Forbes Media Centennial Celebration at Pier 60 on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Gravin/Getty Images)

The company sells five FDA-approved drugs to help people with the disease and is experimenting with pig cloning and genetic engineering to create lung transplants that the human body does not reject.

At number 58 is Judy Sheindlin, also known as TV’s ‘Judge Judy’, who lives in Naples and has a net worth of $560 million.

Sheindlin earned $47 million a year, before taxes, hosting the once top-rated daytime show and was the highest-paid TV host in 2018 after buying the rights to her 5,200-episode library last year, plus future episodes, for some had sold to CBS. $100 million.

FILE – Judge Judy Sheindlin arrives at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, California, on May 5, 2019. Sheindlin sued the parent company of National Enquirer and InTouch Weekly on Monday, May 13, 2024, over a story that she falsely said she was trying to to help the Menendez brothers get a new trial after they were convicted of murdering their parents.

She quit the daytime show in 2020, but has a new show called “Judy Justice” on Amazon’s Freevee.

Number 64 on the list is Lucy Guo from Miami, with a net worth of $500 million.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 03: Lucy Guo attends the 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit at the Detroit Opera House on October 3, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Guo, 29, founded and runs Passes, a platform for creators to share advice and more. She co-founded artificial intelligence company Scale AI, but left in 2018.

At number 87 on the list is Doreen Granpeesheh, from Marco Island, with a net worth of $390 million.

Granpeesheh, 61, founded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, an autism treatment company, in 1990.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh attends the Facebook live event for ACT Today hosted by Corey Feldman and Courtney Feldman on May 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)

She was CEO and majority owner of the company until 2018, when she sold it to Blackstone in a deal that valued it at $600 million. The company later filed for bankruptcy protection and Granpeesheh bought it back for $50 million.

The last Florida woman on the list, at No. 97, is tennis superstar Serena Williams, who lives in Jupiter and has a net worth of $340 million.

Williams earned nearly $95 million in prize money during her career before retiring in 2022, but still has endorsement deals with more than a dozen brands.

FILE – Serena Williams arrives at the premiere of “Creed III” at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Feb. 27, 2023. The tennis star, who has taken a step back from the sport, has a two-book deal with Random House Publishing Group, starting with an “intimate” memoir in which she will talk about everything from her childhood and early tennis training. dramatized in the 2021 film “King Richard,” about her extraordinary career and the obstacles and setbacks she endured along the way. The book does not yet have a title and no release date.

In addition to running her venture capital firm and her multimedia company, Williams also owns a small stake in the Miami Dolphins

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