Top 10 Richest Women in the World

Women, in general, earn less than men, this fact is widely known. This gender gap doesn’t just show in average jobs and among average citizens, but also among the wealthiest people in the world. It is, therefore, no surprise that all of the current Top 10 Richest People in the World are men, just as the Top 10 Richest People in History are and were all men. But the gender gap does not mean rich women do not exist. They absolutely do, as the following ranking will show you. Their nationalities, age levels, and, apart from all being inherited, the sources of their wealth differ greatly, but each of the 10 richest women in the world is very wealthy and influential net billionaires. Check out the current Top 10 Ranking of the richest women in the world below.

1. Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Net worth: $53.2 billion

Born: July 10, 1953, in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ile-de-France, France
Nationality: French
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of L’Oreal (inherited from her mother Liliane Bettencourt)

2. Alice Walton

Net worth: $46.4 billion

Born: October 7, 1949, in Newport, Arkansas, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Walmart (inherited from her father and Walmart founder Samuel Walton)

3. Jacqueline Mars

Net worth: $27.0 billion

Born: October 10, 1939, in Washington, D.C., USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Mars (inherited from her father Forrest Mars)

4. Yang Huiyan

Net worth: $22.4 billion

Born: July 20, 1981, in Foshan, Guangdong, China
Nationality: Chinese
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of Country Garden (inherited from her father and Country Garden founder Yang Guoqiang)

5. Laurene Powell-Jobs

Net worth: $20.6 billion

Born: November 6, 1963, in West Milford, New Jersey, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Heiress to the Steve Jobs Trust (includes shares of Apple and stakes in The Walt Disney Company, inherited from her former husband Steve Jobs)

6. Susanne Klatten

Net worth: $19.6 billion

Born: April 28, 1962, in Bad Homburg, Hesse, Germany
Nationality: German
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of BMW (inherited from her father Herbert Quandt)

7. Abigail Johnson

Net worth: $16.9 billion

Born: December 19, 1961, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: CEO & Co-Owner of Fidelity Investments (inherited from her father Edward Johnson)

8. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Net worth: $15.8 billion

Born: June 30, 1954, in Amsterdam, North-Holland, Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch & British
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Heineken (inherited from her father Freddy Heineken)

9. Gina Rinehart

Net worth: $15.5 billion

Born: February 9, 1954, in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality: Australian
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of Hancock Prospecting (inherited from her father and Hancock Prospecting founder Lang Hancock)

10. Iris Fontbona

Net worth: $14.5 billion

Born: January 8, 1942, in Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Nationality: Chilean
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Antofagasta PLC (inherited from her former husband Andronico Luksic)

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