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8 inspiring women who are self-made millionaires

April 16, 2014, 4:59 p.m.
J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling

Before authoring the "Harry Potter" series, J.K. Rowling was a divorced mother struggling to scratch out a living on government assistance. Today she has been called one of the most powerful women in the United Kingdom. She has used her fortune and influence to become a notable philanthropist, supporting charities like Comic Relief, One Parent Families, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain.