JK Rowling voted ‘the most inspirational role model for businesswomen’

Updated: May 16, 2011, 15:11 PM IST

London: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has emerged as the firm favourite in a poll of 3,000 women as she clinched the title for the most inspirational role model for businesswomen.

Rowling, 45, who wrote the first ‘Potter’ book as a struggling single mum in Edinburgh, is now worth an estimated 530million pounds.

The Apprentice’s Karren Brady, 42 – Lord Alan Sugar’s assistant in the TV show and vice-chairman of West Ham FC – was the second most inspirational working woman, reports the Daily Express.

The late Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, was third in the survey by ‘Marie Claire magazine’ and business network ‘Everywoman’.

The list of 25 career-topping women included ‘X Factor’ judge Cheryl Cole and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.