It may be men who hold all the top spots on the Forbes rich list. But some of these women are hot on the tails and earning some absolutely eye-watering sums. So as we celebrate sisters doing it for themselves, independent women, and some very lucky heiresses. Let’s take a look at just who are the top ten richest women in the world and see what we can learn from them. Personal riches are an amalgamation of income, property, ownership, marriage connections, marriage connections and companies owned.
Here are the Top 10 Richest Women in the World
Net worth $44.8 billion. Liliane Bettencourt is the principal shareholder of the world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company. Making her the richest woman in the world and the 14th richest person in the world. Not only that her wealth makes her the richest woman in history. The French businesswoman and socialite inherited the company from her father when he died in 1957. Since then she has founded numerous projects to help humanitarian projects. However, you don’t get to be in such a powerful position without some press scrutiny. Though married for 52 years her affairs were highly publicized by the media. All in all her life has been a tightly knit web of scandals, forbidden love, frogs, and political mishaps. If ever there was a film dying to be made it’s Lily Anne’s life. At 94 Lily Anne shows no sign of slowing down which is why we love her so much.
Net worth $40.8 billion. Alice Walton is another American heiress who has amassed great wealth over the course of her life. Walton is the second wealthiest woman in the world according to Forbes due to her inheriting Walmart’s great fortune. Back in 2016, it was reported that Alice owned over 11 billion dollars in Walmart shares alone. Alice however proved herself to be worthy of such wealth by studying and working hard. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas with a BA in economics and finance. Alice originally began her career in finance as an equity analyst and money manager for First Commerce Corporation. And later she went on to serve as vice-chairperson and head of all investment-related activities at the Arvest bank group. Unfortunately in an incident similar to Jacqueline Mars Alice was arrested in 1989 for an alcohol-induced car accident that killed one woman. Although no charges were filed.
Net worth $28 billion. Chocolate strikes again, this time in the form of Mars confectionery. Jacqueline Mars is an American heiress born in 1939 to parents Forrest and Audrey Mars. Her grandfather was Frank C Mars, who founded the American candy company way back in 1911. Jacqueline has enjoyed a life of luxury due to her family name. However in 2013 Mars was involved in a car accident with six other vehicles, one person died and a pregnant woman sadly miscarried her child. Jacqueline pled guilty in court for negligent driving although no traces of alcohol drugs or medications were found in her system. It’s believed she fell asleep at the wheel.
Net worth $27.9 billion. She’s a German businesswoman and heiress to the supermarket chain all these fortunes. Heister balances being on the company’s board along with being a mother of six children. The Aldi stores were started by her father Karl Albrecht way back in 1913 and since then Aldi has open stores in over 18 countries worldwide. Though worse such an incredible sum be it a much prefers to keep her life private and enjoys balancing her business and family time above everything else.
Maria Franca Fissolo
Net worth $25.2 billion. Who would have thought the manufacturing of chocolate could make you so much money. Well, Maria’s marriage to Michael Ferrero did just that. Maria is one of the richest women in Italy after inheriting the Ferrero s.p.a company. Following her husband’s death in 2015. Maria now lives in Monaco leaving her son Giovanni to run the company just as his father did.
Net worth $22.4 billion. Susanne Klatten has been listed as the richest woman in Germany. However, her wealth is sometimes difficult to measure as she often worked under the fake name Susanne Conte. Susanne studied hard to achieve the position and power she now has. After gaining a degree in business finance. She completed a course in marketing and management at the University of Buckingham alongside studying for an MBA from IMD in the sand, Specializing in advertising. A very clever woman indeed, following the death of her father Herbert Quandt Susanne inherited 50.1% of his pharmaceuticals company Atlanta for which she now sits on the Advisory Board. Klatten is very Pro recyclable energy, investing a lot of time and money into the development of wind farms. Smart, Green, and driven, now there is a female role model.
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Net worth $14.40 billion. Abigail Johnson is the CEO of US investment firm fidelity investments or FMR. She is also the chairwoman of its international sister company fidelity international FIL. Abigail used her family name and connections along with her own intelligence and education to assert herself as president of the company. Johnson graduated from Hobart and William Smith with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history back in 1984. However after a brief stint as a consultant at Allen Hamilton from 1985 to 86. Johnson went on to complete her MBA at Harvard Business School and joined fidelity which her grandfather Edward Johnson ii founded in 1946. Furthermore, Forbes placed Abigail at 16 on the list of most powerful women in the world back in 2016.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Net worth $14.4 billion. Loreen is an American businesswoman executive and founder of Emerson collective. Which advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, social justice, and environmental conservation. She is also the widow of the sadly missed Steve Jobs founder of Apple Inc. The two merged their wealth making them one hell of a power couple. However, after Steve’s passing Loreen went on to inherit the Steve P Jobs Trust which as of May 2013 had a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company. Or is approximately $11.1 billion and 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc. Plus in September 2015 Powell Jobs launched a 50 million dollar project to develop high schools with new approaches to education. This project was called XQ, The super school project. The initiative aims to inspire teams of educators students and community leaders to create and implement new plans for high schools.
Net worth $13.7 billion. Iris Val Venis Fontbona Gonzalez was born in 1942 in Chile. And due to her marriage to the now-deceased Antonio andronica looks like a Varela who founded the looks a group is now a very wealthy woman. Following his passing iris went on to inherit his great wealth, but that’s not to say she didn’t help her husband amass his empire. France fauna is quite the businesswoman herself her achievements include turning the business into the second-biggest bank in Chile. The biggest Brewer in the world, manager of the largest copper mines in the world, and controlling the world’s largest shipping company. So while marriage may have given iris to step up. She certainly did her part in creating such a personal wealth.
Net worth $12.7 billion. Australian born Gina is the chairperson for Hancock prospecting. A company founded by her father Laing Hancock. When her father died, Gina inherited 76.6% of the company with the remaining 23.4% constituting the hope Margaret Hancock trust a trust named after her mother. Gina has held the position of the richest Australian for nearly five years now. And has recently secured seven point nine billion dollars in funding for a new project Reinhardt is planning to open the huge Roy Hill mine so her wealth may increase even more.
And there you have it, the 10 richest women in the world. I hope there’s at least one on the list that can inspire you whether you achieve your wealth through hard work, clever investment, or well-planned marriages. These women prove that with dedication and ingenuity you can achieve the luxury lifestyle you so desire.
As of 2017 women only made up 11% of the Forbes rich list, with the majority being Eris’s to fortunes. We wanted to keep this in the bonus info but none of the women in our top ten are self-made. The richest self-made woman in the world is Joe Kahn Faye from China. Where six billion dollars after founding lens technology. We need more women billionaires.