Meet the 6 Richest Self-Made Women in America

Last week we gave you a list of the six richest women in America. Just one problem: They were all heiresses.

We're all about financial independence here at LearnVest, so we decided to plumb the Forbes Billionaire List a little further to find women who have had a strong hand in their own financial success.

The list isn't perfect, unfortunately. Three out of the five women cofounded the empires they now run with their late husbands. But there's a media mogul on there who isn't married and hasn't needed a man at all to amass her billions. We think you know who she is.

It's worth considering that most of the billionaires on the Forbes list are either older or have inherited thriving businesses you recognize that were founded in the early 20th century or even the 19th century. Meanwhile, women only starting gaining somewhat equal workplace rights and respect starting in the '70s. Perhaps fifty years from now, we'll see a more equal distribution of women on the list.

But for now, let's applaud these smart and hard-working women. Click on the pictures below to see who they are:

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