Forbes billionaires list: Meet the nine richest self-made women

Forbes has released its annual billionaires list, and nestled among the usual suspects were women who have made or helped make their own fortunes, in industries ranging from television to real estate to clothing. These are the nine richest self-made women on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List.  

5. Gayle Cook

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The atrium of Cook Industries in Bloomington, Ind., is shown in this undated photo.

Net worth: $4 billion

Country: United States

Source of wealth: Medical devices – Cook Group

Overall Forbes rank: #329

In 2011, Ms. Cook inherited her late husband’s stake in the medical-device company they founded in a Bloomington, Ind., apartment building together in 1963. June 20th is Bill and Gayle Cook Day in Bloomington, on account of the couple’s extensive philanthropy work in the area.

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