SPARKS, Nev. , June 16, 2022 – Eren Ozmen, chairwoman and owner of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), has been named among America’s Top 10 Most Successful Self-Made Women by Forbes. Ozmen has been featured on the coveted list since its inception, this year among the Top 10 tied with Oprah Winfrey. The annual list highlights the country’s most successful self-made entrepreneurs, executives and entertainers. The Most Successful Self-Made Women ranking follows Ozmen’s inclusion on the inaugural Forbes “50 Over 50” list alongside iconic women including Vice President Kamala Harris, Madeleine Albright, Arianna Huffington and Cathie Wood. Ozmen is also included in Forbes’ “Most Successful Couples” list with her husband Fatih Ozmen.
This year’s list of most successful self-made women represents nearly all sectors of the American economy — from agriculture and automotive to ecommerce and software development.
“I’m honored to be named alongside such remarkable women across so many industries,” Ozmen said. “This is a testament that opportunities are endless if you have the courage to work hard and dream beyond your circumstances. I’m driven by the prospect of paying it forward and inspiring the next generation.”
In June 2021, Ozmen launched Sierra Space, a commercial space company from the space capabilities within SNC including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane and three-story expandable LIFETM habitat. Later that year, Sierra Space announced a record $1.4 billion Series A capital raise valuing the company at $4.5 billion. This major transaction in part catapulted Ozmen to the Top 10 list.
Ozmen’s vision for making a positive impact extends well beyond the walls of her companies. Earlier this year, SNC launched a Women in STEM scholarship to support the next generation of women as they chase their dreams. Through the Ozmen Foundation, she supports a variety of causes including STEM initiatives and cancer-related medical research. She also founded the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at her alma mater, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). Ozmen also received an honorary doctorate from UNR in 2016.
SNC is a trusted leader in innovative, advanced technology solutions and open architecture integrations in aerospace and national security. Best known for its unique mission applications, SNC creates customized solutions for the world’s most pressing technology challenges in the fields of aviation, national security space, electronic warfare, command and control, mission systems and inline cybersecurity. SNC is owned by Chairwoman Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, and is once again recognized as a US Best Managed Company by Deloitte Private. In spring 2021, SNC announced the transition of its Space Systems business area to an independent commercial space company, Sierra Space.