In a recent study, blur Group surveyed more than 1000 national and international entrepreneurs about the top business people that inspire them the most.\u00a0 Almost 10% of those surveyed were women. But when it came time to cast a ballot for the top entrepreneurs, women didn\u2019t even receive 3% of the vote. Richard Branson, British entrepreneur and Chairman of the Virgin Group, received 27.5% and topped the list for his creative ideas and ongoing innovation of new products.\u00a0 And I agree, he is inspiring. But what about the ladies?\u00a0 Is it an issue of out of sight, out of mind? Maybe we just a need a little reminder.\u00a0 So, here are 10 leading ladies to consider - including the two that made the list, Oprah and Roddick, and the tweet-able mention, Hashemi (she was \u201ctweet-in\u201d after the fact). MEDIA INSPIRATION Oprah Winfrey, has been at the top of the television talk show industry since she aired 25 years ago.\u00a0 With the production company, the magazine, the television network, the dreams that she launches for other professionals, and her philanthropy, entrepreneurship and inspiration is a lifestyle. Arianna Huffington, Founder of the The Huffington Post, is one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women. This author and syndicated columnist recently sold her online empire to AOL for $315 million, making her the Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. Tina Brown, considered to be as resilient as Donald Trump (according to author and onetime billionaire, Felix Dennis) is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast.\u00a0 Brown is also the author of The Diana Chronicles, Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek, and host of CNBC\u2019s Topic A with Tina Brown. FINANCIAL Inspiration Suze Orman, personal finance expert, author and television host, has built an empire around plain talk about money issues. Orman is also one\u00a0of the Time 100 World\u2019s Most Influential People. COSMETICS & FASHION Inspiration The late Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and Founder of the cosmetics company, The Body Shop.\u00a0 Mixing her convictions with business, her cosmetic company was one of the first to block the use of ingredients tested on animals. Serving more than 77 million customers in 51 different markets, she referred to \u201centrepreneurship as survival\u201d and that it \u201cnurtures creative thinking.\u201d Diane von Furstenberg, businesswoman and designer, introduced the wrap dress more than 30 years ago and has built and expanded a fashion house around it. She is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. RETAIL Inspiration Sahar Hashemi, Co-Founder of the British coffee bar and deli franchise, Coffee Republic is a lawyer turned entrepreneur and author of "Anyone Can Do It \u2014 Building Coffee Republic." Maxine Clark, referred to as the Chief Executive Bear at Build-A-Bear Workshop, left a corporate career to start her own business. Three hundred stores and $437 million later she has taken a child\u2019s shopping experience to the next level. TECH Inspiration Caterina Fake is Co-Founder of Flickr - the photo-sharing site that Yahoo! purchased for 8 figures in 2005. Fake (that is her real name) is one of Time Magazine\u2019s Top 100 Most Influential People. Gina Trapani is the founding Editor of Lifehacker.com (mega-blog and home of smart and savvy solutions for life and technology) and one of the Fast Company Most Influential Women in Technology. That\u2019s my list, but there are quite a few women that are at the top of their game -- billionaires, millionaires, and power houses in their industries. When you add inspiration to the mix, it seems to change things. After all, we are inspired by the stories that we know and that has a lot to do marketing and transparency.