Wealth knows no boundaries and gender, and when it comes to women, the list is highly diverse, spanning philanthropic businesses women as well as heiress. While some of the richest and successful women in the world have had wealth handed down to them through inheritance, some have made their wealth from scratch through strategic investments.
Likewise, the richest women in the world won’t be in the last if it weren’t for their leadership and guts that has seen them expand their empires and grow their wealth
Iris Fontbona Net Worth: $13.8 billion
Iris Fontbona sums the top ten richest women in the world with a net worth of $14.5. A good chunk of here wealth stems from inheritance. Fontbona is the matriarchs of Chile’s richest family with stakes in the mining industry. She inherited a good chunk of the wealth upon the passing away of her father, who had made a name for himself on building the world’s largest copper mining company. Fontbona has since diversified her wealth into banking, jewelry, brewery and Shipping business
Gina Reinhart Net Worth: 14.5B
Gina Reinhart is one of the richest women in Australia with a net worth of $15.5 billion. Just like Fontbona, she accrues a good chunk of her wealth from the mining business through an iron-ore mining corporation. She inherited a business that was about to collapse in 1992 and turned its fortune around. For that matter, she is considered a self-made billionaire. She was the richest woman in 2012
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken Net Worth: 16.5B
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken owns a 25% stake in Heineken International, the world’s largest brewer. She inherited the stakes upon the death of her father in 2002. She is currently the richest personality in the Netherlands and maintains a quiet life as an executive director.
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Abigail Johnson Net Worth: 16.3B
Abigail Johnson broke the chains and rose in an industry well dominated by men. She accrues a good chunk of her wealth in finance as the chairperson of Fidelity Investments, which manages over $1 trillion worth of assets. She owns a 24.5% stake in the company
Susanne Klatten Net Worth: $19.6 Billion
Susanne Klatten is the richest women in Germany with a good chunk of her wealth coming from the auto industry. She owns 19% stake in luxury automobile BMW, which owns Rolls Royce brand. Similarly, she has diversified her wealth fortunes with investments in the pharmaceutical industry through Altana AG.
Laurene Powell Net Worth: 24.4B
Laurene Powell is one of the richest women in America, thanks to her ties to the most valuable company Apple Inc. She is the wife of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Upon the passing away of Jobs in 2011, Powell was left with a high-profile fortune tied to stakes in Apple and Disney companies. In addition, Powell has expanded her empire having acquired minority stake in NBA Washington Wizard and the NHLs Washington Capitals.
Yang Huiyan Net Worth: $23.6B
Yang Huiyan is one of the youngest and richest women in China. She accrues most of her wealth from real estate investments through Country Garden Holdings in which she owns a 57% stake. While most of her wealth comes down through inheritance, the Chinese heir has diversified her wealth into the education sector through Bright scholar Education holdings that runs the biggest K-12 schools in China
Jacqueline Mars: 30.4B
Jacqueline Mars is the second richest woman in America thanks to her stakes in the world’s most famous candy corporation Mars Inc. While she owns a third of the company she also owns some of the top eventing horses in the U.S
Alice Walton: Net Worth: 51.3B
Alice Walton has her wealth tied to the world’ largest retail chain Walmart. She is a co-manager of Walton Enterprises that manages a 50% stake in Walmart. However, she maintains a minimum interest in the family business as she spends most of her time in curating art. In 2011, she opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that highlights some of the biggest and best art collections
Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers: Net Worth: $55.7B
Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers is the richest woman in the world as the heir of the $107 billion cosmetic empire L’Oreal. She assumed control of a 33% stake in the cosmetic giant upon the passing away of her mother in 2017. She also serves as the president of the family’s philanthropic foundation that focuses on sciences and arts.