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8 inspiring women who are self-made millionaires

By: Bryan Nelson on April 16, 2014, 4:59 p.m.
Madam C.J. Walker

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Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker is widely regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she founded a company, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, and developed a successful line of beauty and hair products for black women.

Her achievements are particularly noteworthy given that she the first free-born child in her family. At the time of her birth in 1867, her parents had only recently become freed slaves.