Six of the richest women in STEM

The gender pay gap is narrowing. Most interesting, STEM careers are among the best-paying jobs for women, with the narrowest gender wage gap. DiscovHER celebrates some of the highest-earning women in STEM.

The net worths of this women are estimated sourced from Forbes first ranking of America’s richest self-made women and Time’s ranking of highest-paid women.

Elizabeth Holmes, founder, chairman and ceo of Theranos: $4.5 billion

The biomedical diagnostics company has redesigned the blood test with a cheaper, faster, less painful fingerstick method. Today, Theranos is valued at $9 billion and Holmes is the youngest self-made female billionaire at 31.

Judy Faulkner, ceo and founder of Epic Systems: $2.6 billion

Faulkner gained a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She founded her electronic health records company: Epic Systems in 1979. Today used to store medical data by more than 50% of hospitals in the U.S.

Weili Dai, president and co-founder of Marvell Technology Group: $720 million

Dai is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, according to Marvell. Dai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Named one of "150 Women Who Shake the World" by Newsweek.

Alice Schwartz, co-founder Bio-Rad: $630 million

Schwartz founded "Bio-Rad" an amalgam of "biochemicals and radiochemicals," alongside her husband David in 1952, after graduating in biochemistry from University of California, Berkeley. Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. manufactures products for life science research and clinical diagnostics, with more than 100,000 research and industry customers worldwide.

Marissa Mayer, ceo of Yahoo: $380 million

Second on Fortune’s most powerful women ranking, Yahoo’s female leader began her studies in neuroscience before switching to symbolic systems. She graduated with honors from Stanford with a BS and an MS in Computer Science, specializing in artificial intelligence.

Ginni Rometty, ceo of IBM: $19.3 million

IBM’s Rometty graduated from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University (Illinois) with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She has been ranked on Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for 10 consecutive years.


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