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Jessica Alba among world's richest 'self-made' women

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Marilyn Malara
Cast member Jessica Alba attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For attends the premiere of the film at TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 19, 2014. The co-founder of the Honest Company made the cut as one of Forbes' top 40 richest selfmade women. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Cast member Jessica Alba attends the premiere of the motion picture crime thriller "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" attends the premiere of the film at TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on August 19, 2014. The co-founder of the Honest Company made the cut as one of Forbes' top 40 richest selfmade women. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Actress and household product mogul Jessica Alba is now a member of the country's richest self-made women.

The 34-year-old and co-founder of The Honest Company -- an online brand of sustainable, nontoxic goods -- now surpasses Beyonce and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in terms of net worth since her company reported $100 million in financing last week.

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The announcement brings the Honest Company's worth to $1.7 billion, and Alba's to about $340 million. The Fantastic Four actress reportedly owns 20 percent of the company and found it alongside former Healthy Child Healthy World CEO Christopher Gavigan.

Alba joins Texas oil mogul Kathy Lehne and novelist Nora Roberts in Forbes' top 40 list of the United States' wealthiest "self-made" women -- those who made their money "from scratch," without having inherited it.

According to Forbes, The Honest Company's series D financing round was led by Glade Brook Capital Partners LLC and also included AllianceBernstein LP, Fidelity Management & Research, Wellington Management Company and Institutional Venture Partners.

Honest is still a private company, and if it decidedly goes public, Alba could join another list: the billionaires' club.

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