54. Jan­ice Bryant Howroyd

$350 Mil­lion  Age 65 Res­i­dence las Ve­gas


CEO of $925 mil­lion (est. 2016 net sales) Ac­tOne Group, which pro­vides work­force so­lu­tions in­clud­ing tem­po­rary staffing, she opened the busi­ness in Los An­ge­les in 1978 with $1,500 in­clud­ing a $900 loan from her mother, a fax ma­chine and a phone. She cred­its her mom and dad, who raised 11 chil­dren, for teach­ing her such lessons as how to make a lot from a lit­tle.

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