Top Richest Women in the World
Men have always dominated people’s list of the wealthiest people in the world despite the fact there are also powerful and wealthy women around. The names populating the richest women in the world would not be recognizable, given that most of them live under the radar and out of the public’s eye.
Just like men, the world’s richest women have acquired their wealth from a variety of means. However, many of them came into their wealth through inheritance, either marrying into it or receiving it from a dying parent or grandparent. There are also those that have made their fortune from wise investments or successful businesses.
According to FORBES World Billionaires, 227 women made the list of 2,043 billionaires in the world, an increase from 202 last year.
Here are the richest among them.
Net Worth $41.6 Billion
Alice Walton is the only daughter of Sam Walton, founder of U.S Supermarket chain Walmart. She does not have an active role in Walmart but has a good chunk of her net worth tied to the retail outlet stock price and hefty dividends.
However, she has also moved away from the family business and invested in other areas including arts where she is the chairwoman of Crystal Bridges Museum OF American Art. Together with her sister-in-law Christy Walton, cousins Anne Walter Kroenke and Nancy Walton, Laurie, they have a combined net worth of $49.5 billion.
Net Worth $40billion
Lilian Bettencourt was the second richest woman in the world with a net worth of about $40 billion before she passed away on September 21, 2017. The heir of the French L’Oreal hairspray was the face of France biggest cosmetics conglomerates.
Born in France in 1922, Bettencourt started working at L’Oreal, a company founded by her father, Eugene Schueller when she was just 15 years old. Forty years later, she became the deputy chairman and took over when her father died. At the time of her death, Bettencourt along with her children owned 33% of the L’Oreal Empire.
Net Worth $25.8 billion
Born in October 1939, Jacqueline Mars is an investor and heiress of the American candy company, Mars, founded by her grandfather Frank CM, Mars. After the death of her father in 1999, she and her brothers inherited the largest candy maker company in the world. The company has since ventured into the pet food business as well as the manufacture of Uncle Bens Rice.
Ms. Mars worked in the family’s company for almost 20 years and retired from the board in 2016. She is described as a philanthropist while sitting in a number of organizations boards.
Maria Franca Fissolo
Net worth $25.2 Billion
Maria Franca Fissolo is the richest woman outside the U.S. The Italian native is the widow of Michele Ferrero, the founder of the largest confectionary company in the world, Ferrero Spa. The company is one of the largest sweet company in the world renowned for its Nutella brand, Tic-Tac Mint, and Kinder Chocolate.
Net Worth $23.8 billion
Susanne Klatten an Australian native derives a good chunk of her net worth from mixture of cars and pharmaceuticals businesses. Klatten inherited 50% of chemical company Altana AG when her parents died. In partnership with her brother, they own about 50% of BMW.
She also has stakes in wind power producers to add to her portfolio.
Lauren Powell Jobs
Net worth $20 billion
Lauren Powell Jobs is the widow of Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs. A good chunk of Mrs. Powel net worth is tied to her 38.5 million shares of the most valuable company in the world. She also owns an 8.5% stake in theme park giant, Disney.
Mrs. Jobs has also sought to diversify her holdings by founding a company named College Track that is dedicated to helping students acquire educational degrees from high school to university.
Net worth $17.3 billion
Abigail Johnson is an American Businesswoman and an alumnus of Harvard Business School. She served as the president and CEO of Fidelity investments having started rather low on the ladder, as an analyst in the firm. She is currently the chairman of the company founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II.
Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken
Net Worth – $13.4 Billion
Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken owns a 25% stake in Heineken International, considered the third largest brewer in the world. The Dutch-English businesswoman is an executive director at Heineken International having inherited £3 billion worth of property when her father died in 2002.
Charlene holds a degree in law from the University of Leiden. She is considered the wealthiest Dutch person and holds the 10th position in the UK within the list of the richest person.
Net Worth $15.7 billion
A native of Santiago Chile Iris Fontbona is the widow of Andronico Luksic Abaroa, is the owner of Antofagasta PLC considered as one of the largest mining company in the world. In addition to the mining business, Fontbona also has stakes within Chile’s largest brewer. She also has stakes in the country’s energy infrastructure and central bank of Chile.
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti
Net Worth – $11.6 Billion
Born in Italy in 1942, Massimiliano Landini Aleotti (Net Worth – $11.6 Billion) together with her two children is a billionaire heiress of pharmaceutical giant Menarini. Her husband Alberto Aleotti rose from poverty to become one of Italy’s prominent businessmen which culminated in him acquiring Menarini form its initial owners in the 1990’s. He died aged 91 and left the reigns to his family.