Jessica Alba has been named the richest self-made woman in the U.S. according to Forbes, but the title isn’t about the competition, it’s about the power of women to affect huge movements.
Celeb ladies are owning 2015 so far and Alba’s achievement, topping the list, is more a testament to the great feats women are accomplishing rather than a note on the competition.
The actress is now worth a reported $340 million, thanks to her non-toxic product line The Honest Company.
She beat out other heavy-hitting ladies like YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki ($300 million) and Beyoncé ($250 million).
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I had no freaking idea Jessica Alba was that rich !!!! She's richer than Beyoncé 😮
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Though Alba’s Honest Company has earned its fair share of criticism, the heat over her sunscreen hasn’t stopped this hot mama from dominating the industry. The company originally focused on non-toxic baby wipes and diapers but has now expanded to everything from laundry detergent to vitamins.
Alba has yet to comment on the new title, but she has definitely commented on her business in the past and what it means to be a female CEO.
“My [business] partners are men,” Alba said in an April interview with People. “Whenever I say something that’s kind of against their intuition, they go back and talk to their wives. And then their wives usually agree with me. So that’s how we get stuff done over here.”
As for why she started her company and what led to its success, Alba explained, “I didn’t want to wake up and kick myself for not pursuing something I believed in. I couldn’t wait to reject the status quo, punch it in the face and kick it to the curb.”
We’re going to go ahead and say: mission accomplished.
And Alba’s success isn’t just about her. It’s about inspiring other women. Just because she is was an A-list actress when she entered into the business world doesn’t mean she didn’t face competition, setbacks and hardships. In fact, just the opposite. Her success story is one that many women can relate to. And one that will hopefully inspire others to follow their dreams no matter the challenges.