World’s richest self-made woman earns average UK salary every 28 minutes

The richest self-made woman in the world earns the average UK salary every 28 minutes, new data has revealed.

Forbes' list of wealthiest women who earned the cash themselves has illustrated the enormous gap between the ultra-rich and the rest of us.

The annual Forbes 400 list features 56 women, most of whom inherited their wealth either through family like Alice Walton whose father founded Walmart, or by their ultra-rich spouses dying or divorcing them as in the case of Mackenzie Bezos whose split with Amazon founder Jeff saw her become the third-richest woman in America.

However 11 of the women on the list are designated as "self-made" billionaires, meaning they built their empires alone or with a spouse.

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Electronics company RS Components has analysed the Forbes data and come up with an online tool that allows users to input their own salary and see how long it takes the world's richest self-made women to earn how much they make in a year.

The findings are startling. Diane Hendricks, a 72-year-old who founded one of America's biggest roofing suppliers, has a net worth of US$6.3 billion (£4.8 billion). 

The average UK salary is £35,432 – a sum it takes Mrs Hendricks just 28 minutes to earn.

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Thai Lee, the 61-year-old CEO of IT provider SHI International, is number two on the list with a net worth of US$2.1 billion (£1.6 billion). It would take her 48 minutes to earn the average UK salary.

The youngest entry on the list is 22-year-old Kylie Jenner, whose cosmetics business has netted her US$1 billion (£759 million). She earns the average UK salary every four hours and four minutes.

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Even among the super-wealthy, the gender pay gap is alive and well. 

The world's wealthiest man is Jeff Bezos, whose enormous fortune also happens to be considered self-made. The CEO of Amazon is worth US$110 billion (£83 billion), making him the world's only centi-billionaire.

However his club of one could double in membership within the decade, as L'Oréal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers (whose wealth is not self-made) looks set to catch up to the $100 billion mark in just nine years .

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