A record number of women are making multi-million pound fortunes by starting their own businesses, according to a new survey.
For the first time, about one in four persons who appear in the annual list of Top 100 Entrepreneurs are women.
When the list, published each year by the magazine Management Today, started in 2004, there were 25 per cent fewer women included than today.
If this trend continues women are on their way to beating men to becoming UK's most successful entrepreneurs over the next few decades.
More than one million women in Britain are now running their own companies, according to official figures from the Office of National Statistics.
When records began in 1984, there were just 645,000 women who were self-employed in this country.
Philip Beresford, who compiled the list, said growing numbers of women are "invading traditional macho territory".
Elena Ambrosiadou, who set up one of the first hedge funds in London in 1991 when she was just 33, ranked fifth in the Top 100 list. Her total fortune is estimated at 140 million pounds.
Ambrosiadou, who works with her husband Martin Coward, named her company Ikos, which means 'home' in her native language, Greek.
In 2004, she became Britain's best-paid businesswoman after paying herself a staggering 16 million pounds from her hugely successful business.