Happy International Women's Day!

We thought we'd take this opportunity to celebrate some of the most inspirational female bosses in history.

Whether founders of some of the world's most iconic brands, or currently steering the ship for the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Apple - these women know what it takes to make it all the way to the top.

If you're looking for inspiration, guidance or a kick up the backside - these ladies have a few words of wisdom for you:

1. Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

"Done is better than perfect."

Net worth? $1.6 billion

2. Marissa Mayer

Oversaw the layout of Google's homepage and introduced Adwords to the world. Former CEO of Yahoo.

"When you need to innovate, you need collaboration."

Net worth? $600m

3. Ursula Burns

CEO of VEON, former CEO of Xerox, board of Uber.

"Impatience is a virtue."

Net worth? $18m

4. Oprah Winfrey

Media executive, actress, producer, tv show host.

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.”

Net worth? $2.5 billion

5. Baroness Karren Brady

Vice-chairman of West Ham United

"You can't determine where you start in life, but you can determine where you end up."

Net worth? $111m

6. Susan Wojcicki

CEO, YouTube

"Things are always changing. Part of being successful is being comfortable with not knowing what's going to happen"

Net worth? $500m

7. Ginni Rometty

President and CEO of IBM

"Your value will not be what you know; it will be what you share."

Net worth? $33m

8. Laura Lang

Former CEO, Time inc.

"To me, success in the job is setting a vision, guiding an organization through change."

Net worth? $19m

9. Angela Ahrendts

Senior Vice President of Apple Inc. Former CEO of Burberry.

"You have to create a consistent brand experience however and wherever a customer touches your brand, online or offline. The lines are forever blurred."

Net worth? $150m

10. Cher Wang

Co-founder of HTC

"It takes humility to realize we don't know everything, not to rest on our laurels, and to know that we must keep learning and observing. If we don't, we can be sure some startup will be there to take our place."

Net worth? $1.1 billion

11. Sue Naegle

Chief Content Officer, Annapurna Pictures. Former President of HBO.

"Marketing is designed to bring people in to something."

Net worth? Unknown - but during her time at HBO she was largely responsible for (and served as Executive Producer on) Game of Thrones, so you can hazard a guess...

12. Sara Blakely

Youngest self-made billionaire in America, founder of Spanx.

"It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing than can happen? You become memorable."

Net worth? $1.1 billion

13. Coco Chanel

Founder of Chanel

"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."

Net worth? $100m when she died in 1971. Her brand's value is $8 billion today.

14. Mary T. Barra

Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors Company

"Don't confuse progress with winning."

Net worth? $39m

15. Denise Coates

Founder of Bet365

"The more grateful we feel, the more things we receive to feel grateful for."

Net worth? $6.7 billion

16. Indra Nooyi

Amazon board of directors, Former CEO PepsiCo.

"Just because you are CEO, don't think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I've never forgotten that."

Net worth? $80m

17. Martha Stewart

Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

"When you're through changing, you're through."

Net worth? $638m

18. Arianna Huffington

Founder of the Huffington Post

"Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me."

Net worth? $50m

19. Estée Lauder

Co-founder, Estée Lauder companies.

“I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it and I sell it hard.”

Net worth? $5.1 billion at the time of her death in 2004. Her brand's value today is $17 billion.


We couldn't leave out a quote from one of the original badass B's now could we?

Millicent Fawcett

Suffragette and political activist

"Courage calls to courage everywhere."

Whether man, woman or child - if that hasn't lit a fire inside, I don't know what will...

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