Top wealthiest women in the technology


Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Alibaba co-founder Lucy Peng are the top three wealthiest women in the technology sector, according to Wealth-X “The Wealthiest Women In Tech” list.

The net worth of the women on the Wealth-X list still lags far behind their male peers in the technology sector. Microsoft founder Bill Gates, for example, has a net worth of around US$85.1 billion, according to Wealth-X estimates, while Mark Zuckerberg, the 30-year-old Facebook chairman, is worth at least US$35 billion.

The 58-year-old Meg Whitman boasts a US$1.3 billion fortune, the bulk of which is derived from profits from the sales of her shares in eBay, a company that she led from 1998 to 2008 during its dramatic expansion. Ranking second on the list is Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, whose net worth totals US$1.22 billion. Upon joining Facebook in 2008, Sandberg received company stock as part of her compensation plan. Since 2012, she has been selling off her Facebook shares, generating more than US$700 million in cash before taxes. However, she still holds US$430 million in Facebook stock.

Alibaba co-founder Lucy Peng (also known as Peng Lei) took third place on the Wealth-X list with a personal fortune of US$1.2 billion. The 42-year-old executive, who heads Alibaba’s new Ant Financial Services Group, became a billionaire in 2014 upon the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce giant prior to its record-setting IPO.

The youngest female tech executive on the list is 39-year-old Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, who has a net worth of US$410 million.

Hewlett-Packard chief executive Meg Whitman
1. Meg Whitman (Age: 58) Country: USA; Estimated Net Worth: 1,300 US$ million; Company: Hewlett-Packard;

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg
2. Sheryl Sandberg (Age: 45) Country: USA Estimated Net Worth: 1,220 US$ million; Company: Facebook;

Lucy Pengn Alibaba
3. Lucy Pengn (Age: 42) Country: China; Estimated Net Worth: 1,200 US$ million; Company: Alibaba;

Wang Hsiueh Hong HTC
4. Wang Hsiueh Hong; (Age: 56); Country: Taiwan; Estimated Net Worth: 890 US$ million; Company:HTC;

5. Marissa Mayer (Age: 39) Country: USA; Estimated Net Worth: 410 US$ million; Company:Yahoo.