03/03/2014 10:44 am ET Updated Mar 03, 2014

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg And The Rise Of Women Billionaires

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In the world of Self-Made, hoodie-wearing technology billionaires, Sheryl Sandberg has pulled off something improbable: She has joined their ranks without founding her own company or writing a single line of code.

The fact that Facebook’s chief operating officer is a woman is incidental, of course, but it’s also noteworthy: Of the 268 newcomers to the 2014 FORBES Billionaires list, 42 are women–a single-year record and, more notably, the highest-ever percentage of newcomers (and of women billionaires overall–172 out of 1,645 ).

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