Meet the 15 richest self-made women on earth, who are paving the way for the next generation

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The top tier of wealth in the world is a veritable boys’ club, with only four women breaking the top 50. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of women who have earned huge fortunes for themselves as well. With data from Wealth-X, a company that conducts research on the super wealthy, Business Insider has taken a look at the richest self-made women in the world. These women have built companies, pioneered new technologies, and made huge advances in their respective fields. They’re worth a combined $53.1 billion — larger than the combined gross domestic product of Honduras, Iceland, and Cambodia.

This woman has worn the same outfit to work every single day for the past 4 years

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Last year, a former art director named Matilda Kahl went viral for writing about her decision to wear the same outfit to work every single day.She has since switched industries and moved to Sweden — but she’s still rocking her black and white “work uniform.”Back in April of 2015, Kahl wrote an article for Harper’s Bazaarabout the decision to implement her work uniform after realizing her male coworkers didn’t face the same sartorial stress she felt every morning while getting ready.For someone in a creative field who made a lot of decisions throughout the day, she longed for one less choice to make.

Former Wall Street trader explains why he’s happier living in the suburbs than in a $9,300-a-month Manhattan apartment

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In 2003, Turney Duff’s total compensation amounted to $1.9 million.At the time, he was the head trader at Argus Partners, a multi-billion dollar fund focused on health care stocks.Today, his life looks very different.”I’m living in the middle of Long Island, which is not my first choice,” he told James Altucher on a recent podcast. “I’m paying $1,300 a month in rent for the first floor of a split floor house. I’m driving a busted up Honda Civic hybrid … I try to get a little bit of writing done each day. And I’ve never been happier.”Finance was never part of Duff’s life plan. “I have no idea what Goldman Sachs is,” he writes of his 20-some self in his bestseller, “The Buy Side.” “It sounds like a fancy department store.”

This request from a grieving father shows why Apple absolutely cannot build a back door into the iPhone

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Apple told the FBI in no uncertain terms that it did not want to help it hack into a dead terrorist’s iPhone.But would it tell the same thing to a grieving father who wants the texts and photos on his dead son’s password-protected phone?While Apple hasn’t publicly responded to Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti’s viral letter to the company to help him crack his deceased son’s phone, reports AFP, the company has told him privately that it doesn’t have the ability.The request is an excellent example of why Apple continues to fight government requests for a “back door,” or software built into the iPhone or iPad that would allow it to access locked or encrypted user data. 

Jefferies just hired a Navy SEAL from Goldman Sachs to join a desk that’s had a brutal time

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Jefferies has hired Goldman Sachs managing director and former Navy SEAL Joseph V. Femenia to join its distressed-debt trading team.He’s joining as a senior trader and manager in the high-yield group, according to a person familiar with the hire.Bloomberg News first reported the hire.Femenia, 39, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998. He served in the US Navy until July 2005, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afterwards, he earned his MBA from Columbia University. He began his career at Goldman Sachs as a vice president in distressed debt trading. He wasmade a managing director in November 2013.

Republicans would be screwed without racist voters

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The Republican Party can be understood, broadly, as a coalition of people who dislike food stamps because they think the government is too big and discourages people from working, plus people who dislike food stamps because they think black people get them.For years, Republicans have bristled at these sorts of descriptions, especially because Democrats tend to leave out the first part, painting the party as purely racist. But this election has forced Republicans to confront reality: A healthy chunk of Republican voters don’t have a broad objection to big government, but an objection to big government for the wrong people.

The capital of ‘the most miserable country in the world’ could be about to go dark

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The capital of Venezuela, Caracas, could be about to go dark.The problem is Caracas’ power source. According to Bloomberg,the Guri Dam, a hydro electric power plant, has seen its water levels dip precipitously low. An engineer who managed the plant in the 1980s said there could be rolling blackouts in Caracas by late April.“At the current rhythm, the minimum level to operate the 8 turbines could be reached by April 30,” Cesar Cardozo told Bloomberg. “That date could be extended into May if more severe rationing is implemented.”

Hope Solo and 4 other soccer stars file lawsuit claiming ‘gross disparity’ of wages for female players

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Five members of the US Women’s National Team filed a wage-discrimination complaint against the US Soccer Federation on Wednesday, citing figures from the USSF’s 2015 financial reportto argue that players on the women’s national team earned nearly one-fourth what their male counterparts did, even though the women’s team made more money.”There are no legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for this gross disparity of wages, nor can it be explained away by any bona fide seniority, merit or incentive system or any factor other than sex,” the complaint said.Last season, the women’s team generated nearly $20 million more in revenue than the men’s national team, according to ESPN.

The day the GOP unity pledge died

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The much publicized Republican “pledge” for the party’s presidential candidates to support the eventual GOP nominee met its unofficial end Tuesday night.During the CNN town hall ahead of the Wisconsin primary, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said, “No, I don’t anymore,” when asked whether he still backed the pledge to support the eventual nominee, should it not be him.Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio backed away from the pledge as well during the event.”I’m not in the habit of supporting somebody who attacks my wife and attacks my family,” Cruz said when asked about the pledge. “I think that is going beyond the line.”He added: “Listen, I think nominating Donald Trump would be an absolute trainwreck.”