(8) Melinda Gates–Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Melinda Gates is most renowned for her partnership as co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. Melinda is one of our most powerful and inspirational self-made women because of the time she took to stay at home and raise her family. Melinda Gates has served on the Board of Trustees for Duke University and is involved in the day-to-day operates of the Gates Foundation. As of 2014, Melinda Gates has directly overseen the donation of more than $30 billion to various organizations in need.