We have compiled a list of the 7 richest women in the world, their net-worth, their businesses and how they made their fortunes.
Women today are making great strides and are quickly joining the ranks of the world’s wealthiest individuals. The world’s richest women come from all walks of life. Some have inherited their wealth while many worked hard to become the self-made millionaires and billionaires they are today.
So who are the 7 richest women in the world?
- Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, US$50.7 billion
- Alice Walton, US$48.7 billion
- Mackenzie Bezos, US$38 billion
- Jacqueline Mars, US$23.2 billion
- Laurene Powell Jobs, US$21.4 billion
- Yang Huiyan, US$21.3 billion
- Susanne Klatten, US$18.8 billion
To get you acquainted and up to date with the high and mighty women of the world, we take a closer look at the 7 richest women in the world:
Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers inherited her wealth as the heiress to one of the largest and most successful cosmetic brands in the world, L’Oréal cosmetics. As a result of her mother’s passing in 2017, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers acquired her mother’s 33% stake in the company.
Before this, she had been serving on the board of L’Oreal and had been president of the family foundation, which reportedly owns over US$900 million in assets. Apart from heading the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, she is also an accomplished author that specialises in Greek mythology and religious relations. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers‘ net worth is estimated to sit at around US$50.7 billion, securing her place firmly as the world’s richest woman.
Alice Walton also inherited her wealth from her father, Sam Walton. He is the man responsible for establishing the popular American shopping empire, Walmart. It is reported that Alice owns more than 6 million shares in the Walmart brand and has a net worth of US$48.7 billion.
Aside from owning shared in the mega shopping corporation, Alice Walton is also a well-known and well-respected philanthropist having formed the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art situated in Arkansas. Her family, the Waltons, is one of the richest families in America.
Mackenzie Bezos was married to the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos for 25 years until their recent divorce. She was initially an employee of Amazon, which is where the two met and fell in love.
Mackenzie acquired most of her wealth as part of the divorce settlement. She was awarded a 4% stake in Amazon for her role as Bezos’ partner and advisor placing her net worth at an estimated US$38 billion. Apart from her role in the online shopping empire, she is also an author that trained under Toni Morrison.
Daughter of Audrey Ruth and Forrest Mars, Jacqueline Mars is also the grandaughter Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars Incorporated.
This heiress and investor joined Mars Inc. in 1982 and served as Food Product Group President until her retirement in 2001. Jacqueline Mars‘ net worth is estimated to sit at US$23.2 billion, making her the fourth richest woman in the world and the 34th richest person in the world.
Laurene Powell Jobs
She is well respected having donated a huge portion of her inheritance to a number of worthy causes. Despite this, her current net worth is estimated to be around US$21.4 billion.
Yang Huiyan is not only China’s richest woman but is also the richest woman in Asia. Yan Huiyan also inherited her wealth from her father in 2007. She inherited a 57% stake of the property conglomerate Country Garden Holdings.
She, however, took her stake and turned Country Garden Holdings into one of the biggest property developers today. This has ensured that Yang Huiyan’s personal fortune is estimated to sit at US$21,3 billion, making her the 6th wealthiest woman in the world. She is only 37 years old.
Daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt, Susanne Klatten is the richest woman Germany and the 52nd richest person in the world. Following her father’s death, she inherited a 50.1% stake in the pharmaceutical and chemicals manufacturer Altana as well as a 12.50% stake in BMW.
Since then Susanne Klatten has worked hard and continues to grow her fortune through various businesses and investment opportunities. Her current net worth sits at US$18.8 billion.