YOUNG women are outstripping men in the race to become millionaires.
For the first time in Britain there are more women than men worth a seven-figure sum between the ages of 16 and 44.
The Inland Revenue statistics are reported in a BBC documentary next week.
The Money Programme: Filthy Rich And Female also claims the number is set to rise - and that 60 per cent of the world's wealth will be controlled by women within 20 years.
Among the success stories are six women who, combined, are worth Pounds 140 million. The best known is "superwoman" Nicola Horlick, with Pounds 20 million. But while Chrissie Rucker, Dawn Gibbons, Judy Naake, Judith Wilson and Laura Tenison are not household names, many of their products are.
Mail-order entrepreneur Chrissie Rucker, 37, set up The White Company after noticing how hard it was to find good bed linen and towels. Now worth Pounds 15million, she said: "I didn't think, in my wildest dreams, it would grow into what it has become today."
Naake, in her fifties, has built up a Pounds 30 million fortune with her St Tropez self-tanning line but faced sexism in the early years.
"I had my first consignment of St Tropez and the delivery man met Norman, my partner, and said: 'Is this a job for the little woman? Does it keep her out of mischief ?'" she said. "He survived - but only just."
Judith Wilson is an unlikely millionaire.
In her late fifties, she is a former maths teacher who caught the property bug in the Nineties and built up a …