Australia’s Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs, Revealed

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell
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We know that Australia is home to some of the most successful businesswomen in the world, but it wasn’t until SmartCompany released its annual list of top female entrepreneurs that we were reminded just how successful they are. The list of 30 women is ranked according to the revenue of their business—and this year’s list is as impressive as you’d imagine. Featuring the likes of mining magnate, Gina Rinehart; Boost Juice founder, Janine Allis; and activewear queen Lorna Jane Clarkson, the 30 women featured on the list are responsible for a combined revenue of $10.67 billion. Read on to find out which inspiring female entrepreneurs made this year’s list.

1. Katie Page

Company: Harvey Norman

Established:1982

Revenue: $2.71 billion (with Gerry Harvey)

 

2. Gina Rinehart

Company: Hancock Prospecting

Established:1955

Revenue:$2.04 billion

 

3. Vicky Teoh

Company: TPG

Established: 1992

Revenue: $1.27 billion (with David Teoh)

 

4. Lesley Gillespie

Company: Bakers Delight

Established:1980 (becoming a franchise in 1988)

Revenue: $619 million (with Roger Gillespie)

 

5. Maxine Horne

Company: Vita Group

Established: 1995

Revenue: $601.4 million

 

6. Naomi Milgrom

Company: ARJ Group

Established: 1939

Revenue: $490 million*

 

7. Yenda Lee

Company: Bing Lee

Established:1957

Revenue: $490 million*

 

8. Janine Allis

Company: Retail Zoo

Established:2000

Revenue: over $350 million

 

9. Charlotte Vidor 

Company: Toga Group

Established:1963

Revenue: $285 million* (with Ervin Vidor)

 

10. Sue Hollis

Company: TravelEdge

Established:2000

Revenue: $250 million*

 

11. Lorna Jane Clarkson

Company: Lorna Jane

Established:1990

Revenue: $200 million* (with Bill Clarkson)

 

12. Iris Lustig-Moar

Company: Lustig & Moar

Established:1971

Revenue: $171 million*

 

13. Gillian Franklin

Company: The Heat Group

Established:2000

Revenue: $130 million

 

14. Diana Williams

Company: Fernwood

Established:1989

Revenue: $106 million*

 

15. Sarina Russo

Company: Sarina Russo Group

Established:1979

Revenue: $106 million

Head to SmartCompany to learn more about these inspiring women and find out which other 15 Australian female entrepreneurs made the cut. Plus, shop our favourite career books here for more career motivation.

Note: Wherever possible, SmartCompany has listed revenue figures that have been provided by the entrepreneurs themselves. If not, it has relied on publicly available sources, industry contacts or internal estimates. An asterisk shows when revenue has been estimated.

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