This picture taken on March 12, 2015 shows Zhou Qunfei, chairwoman and president of Hunan-based Lens Technology, during an interview in Changsha, central China's Hunan province. Zhou, a former factory worker who founded Lens Technology, a company supplying Apple, Samsung and other technological giants with touchscreen glass has become China's richest woman, reports said, with a fortune surpassing 8 billion USD. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Zhou Qunfei is the richest self-made woman billionaire in the world, according to new data, after her predecessor plummeted from billions to zero when she was sued for fraud.
Zhou, the 47-year-old founder of Lens Technology, which makes glass screens for iPhones, instantly became a multi-billionaire when her company went public in 2015.
She is estimated to be worth $9.2 billion, found Bloomberg and reported by Time. Her company is worth around $11 billion.
Her number one status replaces Elizabeth Holmes, the 33-year-old founder of healthcare tech firm Theranos, who was worth $4.5 billion but lost her cash when she was sued for fraud.
Born in China, the country with the most woman billionaires in the world, she benefited from the Chinese Communist party’s commitment to gender equality which “allowed women to flourish after capitalism started to take hold”, Huang Yasheng, an MIT professor, told the New York Times.
She grew up on a farm and dropped …
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