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Ranking Fashion’s Self-Made Billionaire Women

HONG KONG–Longfor is not likely a name that will ring any bells, nor is Wa Yajun, the billionaire businesswoman who founded the company. But the Chinese shopping mall developer takes the top spot when it comes to the fashion industry’s self-made female entrepreneurs.
Wealth-tracker Hurun released a global list of the top 100 self-made billionaire business women to coincide with International Women’s Day–and there were quite a few fashion and retail-related fortunes in the mix.
Chinese businesswoman Zhou Qunfei topped the global list overall–and she has the success of the iPhone and Samsung to thank for that. A classic rags-to-riches tale, the former factory worker built up an empire with her company, Lens Technology, which makes phone touchscreens.
Coming in second place on the ranking but holding the number one spot if going by fashion industry-related names is Longfor Properties’ Wa. The company was one of the first developers of shopping malls in China, operating for over two decades now. The group has launched 26 shopping malls over an area of 2.6 million square meters (about 27.9 million square feet) but has focused mainly on tier-two cities in the country and an affordable mix of retailers.
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