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A decade ago, the average male millionaire was worth £2.7million, compared with £1.3million for female tycoons.
Today, a man has nearly £3million, while a woman has a typical fortune of £2million.
Women are now forming new businesses in all types of industries, offering everything from organic baby food to financial advice.
For the first time, they make up around one in four of Management Today magazine's annual list of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs.
She owns most of the Sheffield-based firm, which made £3.9million in profit in 2004-5, as well as two other businesses. Married, she has four children and lives in Derbyshire's Peak District.
Women account for nearly half of the millionaires in Britain for the first time, research has revealed.
Huge success in their careers - or the divorcecourts - has made them extraordinarily wealthy.
In 1984, when official records were first collated, there were just 645,000 selfemployed women.
But the army of businesswomen has breached the one million mark for the first time this year, a rise of 62 per cent.
Now the 39-year-old founder of Ambition 24hours is worth £75million. But I knew disaster had taught me in the most brutal way all I needed to know.' Her big break came when she was asked to supply care assistants for a nursing home.