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Four female sharks who put the average investor to shame

Despite the small percentage of women working in finance, many have contested that female investors are highly valued for their decision-making, quick wit and savvy approach to managing money. Studies have even shown that men can certainly learn a lot from women when it comes to making sound investments that will return higher profits.

We’ve taken a look at the world’s most innovative angel investors, venture capitalists, and investment advisors to determine which women have the most influence in the financial sector.

Lubna S. Olayan, Saudi Arabia

Lubna S. Olayan, Saudi Arabia

Lubna S. Olayan is the CEO of Olayan Financing Company, one of the leading investors in the Middle Eastern stock market. In 2005, she was named as one of the top 100 most influential people by Time Magazine and is regularly featured on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women. Olayan is recognised as a true inspiration for inspiring investors as being one of the first females to successfully infiltrate the male-dominated Saudi Arabian finance sector. 

Kathy Xu, China

Kathy Xu, China

Arguably the most successful female investor from China, Kathy Xu is the founder and president of Capital Today, a private equity firm which has had tremendous success as a leading investor in Chinese start-ups and internet businesses. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment, however, is her 10 million dollar investment in e-tailer JD.com, which has brought her a return of over 100 times to date.

Folorunsho Alakija, Nigeria

Folorunsho Alakija, Nigeria

Folorunsho Alakija is an oil investor who also serves as the second richest woman in Africa, with an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion. Her first major success, however, was her founding of a tailoring company, Supreme Stitches, which she opened in Nigeria after studying fashion design in London. This was followed by her decision in 1993 to obtain an oil prospecting license, for her company Famfa Ltd., which now has a 60% stake in a 617,000 acre oil block.

Geraldine Weiss, United States

Geraldine Weiss, United States

A global heroine for aspiring female financiers, Geraldine Weiss is regarded as the first female to challenge the patriarchal culture of Wall Street, serving as the founding editor of Investor Quality Trends, a leading financial advisement newsletter which has been in publication since the 1960s. During the first ten years of its run, she disguised her gender by identifying herself as ‘G. Weiss,’ as she was often told that women are in no position to offer financial advice. The publication’s sweeping success surely proved everyone wrong.

Who’s your favourite female investor?