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All over the world, women are becoming more and more inspired to step out of the shadows. They are now more confident about claiming their place as movers and shakers in various industries.

While the road to success wasn’t easy, this generation has seen more women take over the helm of multi-million dollar companies. There’s Oprah Winfrey, whose net worth according to Forbes, is a massive $2.8 billion. She founded three successful companies: Harpo Productions, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Marian Ilitch, on the other hand, became one of the most successful American entrepreneurs when she co-founded Little Caesars Pizza with her late husband, Mike Ilitch. Her net worth is estimated at $5.1 billion. She also owns the Detroit Red Wings and MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Oprah and Mrs. Ilitch are just two women who are now captains of their own industries. Here’s a roundup of 20 successful and emerging companies which are founded by female entrepreneurs:

There are countless challenges women encounter on their way to the top. Some of them have sacrificed personal relationships in exchange for success. Every day, women have to redefine gender roles to be treated as equals to their male counterparts. But more and more women are being recognized as successful leaders and global influencers.

To say that these women entrepreneurs made bold moves to get to where they are today is a massive understatement. Their courage and bold spirit continue to serve as an inspiration to other women who have yet to find their true calling.

Their stories are proof that women have what it takes to launch, grow and run some of the best companies in the world.