Editor's note: Where is the land of dreams for female entrepreneurs? The answer may be China. The country has the most self-made female entrepreneurs in the world, and 11 of the top 20 wealthiest self-made women in the world are Chinese, according to the Hurun List of Self-Made Women Billionaires released on Oct 12 in Beijing.
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No 1: Zhang Yin
"Paper Queen" Zhang Yin, 53, is the founder and chairwoman of Nine Dragons Paper, China's largest containerboard producer. Zhang ranks as the wealthiest woman in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of 38 billion yuan ($5.6 billion).
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No 2: Wu Yajun
Wu Yajun, 46, is general director of Longhu Real Estate Development Co, a developer in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing. Wu ranks as the second wealthiest woman in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of 28 billion yuan.
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No 3: Chan Laiwa
Chan Laiwa, 69, is president of the Hong Kong-based Fu Wah International Group, a multinational company established in 1988 involved in real estate development, hotel business, tourism and electronics. Chan ranks as the third wealthiest woman in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of 27 billion yuan.
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No 4: Xiuli Hawken
Xiuli Hawken, 47, is the biggest shareholder in Renhe Commercial Holdings, a developer of underground shopping malls. She ranks fourth among Chinese women billionaires and fifth in the world, with an estimated personal fortune of 22 billion yuan.
Renhe to acquire rights to 6 shopping centers for $122m
Mall maker Renhe's IPO debut comes up flat
Renhe slashes IPO price by a third
Renhe braves panicky market, seeks HK$5b
No 5: Chu Lam Yiu
Chu Lam Yiu, 40, is chairwoman of Huabao International, a fragrance and flavoring company based in Hong Kong. Chu ranks fifth in China and seventh worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 18 billion yuan.
Huabao sees 30 percent sales growth, eyes acquisitions
Huabao gets license to set up fund-management JV
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No 6: Zhang Xin
Zhang Xin, 45, is CEO of property developer SOHO China. Zhang ranks sixth in China and 10th worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 15 billion yuan.
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SOHO stores shut for selling fake goods
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No 7: Chen Ningning
"Steel princess" Chen Ningning, 38, is president of Pioneer Metals Holdings Co Ltd, a Hong Kong-based iron ore trader. Chen ranks seventh in China and 12th worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 11.5 billion yuan.
Copper gets a lift from weak dollar
ArcelorMittal offers to take over China Oriental
No 8: He Qiaonu
He Qiaonu, 44, is chairwoman of Beijing Orient Landscape Co Ltd, a company engaged in research, development, plant and distribution of landscape plants, landscape design, landscaping projects and landscape maintenance. She ranks eighth in China and 13th worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 10.5 billion yuan.
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No 9: Huang Xi
Huang Xi of Good First Group, 48, is the founder and largest shareholder of China Minsheng Banking Co Ltd. Huang ranks ninth in China and 14th worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 10 billion yuan.
Minsheng Bank Q3 profit up 46% on higher interest income
China Minsheng bank's net profit up 20% in H1
Minsheng Banking tops execs' pay list
Minsheng Bank gets nod for subordinated bond issue
No 10: Dai Weili
Dai Weili, 48, is co-founder and vice president of Marvell Technology Group Ltd, the world leader in semiconductors. Dai ranks 10th in China and 18th worldwide, with an estimated personal fortune of 8 billion yuan.
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