As a result of rapid urbanisation, a cultural emphasis on education and technological advancements, it comes as no surprise that China currently boasts more than half of the world's richest self-made women. Here we salute the entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity of some of these self-made billionaires – from tech to finance – who have made it to the super-rich category, and spell out which universities they attended to help them get there. Lillian Wu: the richest female self-made billionaire under 40 Anni Chen Anni Chen is the founder of Kuaikan Manhua, a leading comic-reading platform in China with more than 40 million active monthly users, 3,000 authors and 3,000 comics. Born in 1992, she always had a passion for drawing but studied economics at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. The 28-year-old first rose to fame in 2014 after she posted her own comic series The 1% Life on the platform. Within two months, Kuaikan became the top free downloaded app in China and recently, in August 2019, tech giant Tencent invested US$125 million in the company. Who is Jumei founder Chen Ou, the entrepreneur who made then lost billions? Lucy Liu Yueting In the mostly male-dominated fintech industry, Lucy Liu Yueting stands out not only as one of the few female figures, but also as the president and co-founder of Airwallex, one of the fastest-rising fintech unicorns in Australia after it achieved a USS1 billion valuation in 2019. Liu studied finance and accounting at the University of Melbourne and graduated with both Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Finance degrees. In 2018, she was awarded Female Fintech Leader of the Year from FinTech Australia. What luxury fashion brands do China’s millennial girl bosses prefer? Chen Beier The founder of Seekers VR dove headfirst into entrepreneurship after graduating from the University of Nottingham Ningbo China with a BSc in international business management. After several unsuccessful attempts at starting her own men's fashion label, cafe and bar, Chen found her niche in the virtual reality industry in 2016. Within two years, the company's annual turnover broke US$1.5 billion and she has opened more than 200 virtual reality experience centres in over 70 cities across the country. Have these 5 Chinese billionaires really left the country? Wang Jiayin and Ou Yirou China’s leading luxury activewear brand Maia Active was founded by Lisa Ou Yirou and Mia Wang Jiayin in 2016. Dubbed the Chinese counterpart of Lululemon, the brand’s annual sales increased 10-fold in the year after its founding and broke US$100 million in 2019. Co-founder Lisa Ou was born in Taiwan and attended Parsons School of Design in New York. The company’s CEO, Wang Jiayin, graduated from Ohio State University with a dual degree in business administration and mathematics, with a finance track. Post-graduation, she joined Victoria’s Secret in New York and became the brand’s first Asian buyer. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .