Some unbelievable stories of women who have shared the list of the wealthiest women in the world have proved all the stereotypes wrong with their unfathomable power. Often, when we speculate to think about richest people in the world, we even cannot imagine of a woman sharing the list. But that is a story of the past, and now women are coming in every walk of life proving their worth. Same as the wealthiest men in the world there are and have been women in the world who have acquired the list of the richest women in the world. Some of which have acquired the wealth from their ancestral properties while some have made it to the list with their own diligence and incredible dedication. There are a few of the women who did it by taking powerful initiative and climbed the ladder of success and they began their long journey of struggle with just some handful of resources.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyer (Net Worth – $46.5 billion)
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers has ownership of 33% of the World’s largest makers of cosmetics, L’Oreal. The company was before attributed to her late mother Liliane till 2017 September. The company L’Oreal is a big brand and it has revenue of $42.2 billion and it owns the Garnier and Lancome brands. Francoise became heiress of the empire after death of her mother Liliane Bettencourt. She is now the richest woman in Europe and she has also written three books including oene based on Greek God.
2. Alice Louise Walton (Net Worth – $41.5 Billion)
Alice Louise Walton was born in 1949 October is an heiress from America of the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. She is born to Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart stores, and Helen Walton and sister of late John T. Walton, S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton. The latest data shows that she has a net worth of $46 billion and is the second wealthiest women in the world. She is not as involved in the running of the mega store, Wal-Mart which was founded in 1962 by her father, as are her brothers. Nevertheless she has an equal share in the wealth that Wal-Mart has reaped in.
3. Susanne Klatten (Net Worth – $25 billion)
Susanne Klatten was born in April, 1962 is the daughter of Johanna Quandt and Herbert and she is a native of Australia. As per the current data, her estimated wealth had led her to being the third richest woman in the world. Upon her mother, Johanna Quandt death who was in 2015, the ninth richest woman in the world, it came to light that she had received additional share of BMW. She along with her brother owns approximately half of the share of BMW. She is trained in economics and also has stake in wind power outfits and controls, Altana, a chemical manufacturer.
4. Jacqueline Mars (net Worth – $23.6 billion)
Jacqueline Mars was born in October 1939 is an investor and heiress by profession. The American candy company Mars was founded by her grandfather Frank C. Mars and daughter of Forrest Mars and Sr.Audrey Ruth (Meyer). Recently in 2018 she was described to possess a net worth of $23.6 billion and is the third richest woman in the world. In 1999, after the death of her father, she and her brothers inherited the largest candy maker company in the world. This company achieved and unbelievable task which was not possible for a sweet making company. Besides sweets, the company also makes pet food and Uncle Ben’s rice.
5. Yang Huiyan (Net Worth – $21.9 billion)
Bloomberg reportedly stated that vice-chairman of Chinese property developer Country Garden Holdings, Yang Huiyan, had her wealth rose to such heights in the first few days of 2018. Her company is the biggest property developer according to sales. In 2017, this 36 year old was reportedly listed fourth in the Hurun list. According to Bloomberg her net worth is US $21.9 billion but as per the original data as per Forbes is US $21.9 billion. It was in 2007 that she became the richest person in China and that too merely at the age of 25. She holds the company’s 57 % share and that makes her the largest shareholder of the company.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs (Net Worth – $18.8 Billion)
Laurene Powell Jobs who is the wife of the late Apple giant’s owner, Steve Jobs, has taken up the legacy further. She began as a philanthropist and has gradually acquired the skills to take care of the mammoth company after the death of her husband. She holds as of now a share of 38.5 million in Apple and nearly 8% of share in Disney Company. Powell on her own has founded the a company named College Track which is dedicated to preparing students by helping them acquiring educational degrees from high school to University degrees. Besides that she is also the founder of Emerson collective, a resources bank which aims at helping those who are interested in enhancing the condition of some social and educational issues.
7. Gina Rinehart (Net Worth – $17.4 Billion)
Hancock Prospecting was founded by Lang Hancock, father of Gina Rinehart who is the current chairman of the company. Her father Hancock, who was a bush pilot and pastoral farmer in 1952, flew back and when he was dodging storm, he found red spots on the bank of Pilbara river gorge. He found the rocks to be oxidize iron that was flowing for miles. He then found that the ores that he found were better than that of those found in the U.S. steel mills. Gina Rinehart is the richest person of Australia and here wealth has ben built on iron ore. She is the one who courageously took up the bankrupted iron-ore exploring company of her father and re-built it into a big one.
8. Iris Fontbona (Net worth – $16.3 Billion)
Iris Fontbona who was born in 1942 is by profession a businesswoman and is native of Santiago, Chile. She is the widow of Andrónico Luksic Abaroa and is the owner of Antofagasta PLC which is one of the largest mining operations all over the world. Other involvements of Fontbona include operation within Chile’s largest brewer, a handful of serious investments within both Chile’s energy infrastructure, central bank of Chile and also within some Croatian resorts. Her deceased husband Andrónico Luksic earned name and fame within beverage and mining before he died of cancer in 2005. In 2015 she donated to the children with physical disabilities a record $4.3 Million.
9. Abigail Johnson (Net Worth – $15.9 Billion)
She was born in December, 1961 is a famous businesswoman of America. Abigail Johnson is an alumnus of Abigail, Harvard business School and she started her career as a portfolio manager at Fidelity investment, a company founded by her grandfather. She became one of the powerful women in the world after reaching to the position of the CEO and President of the company and owing 49% share of the company in 2014. Later in 2016, she became chairman of the company taking up the additional charge. Forbes in 2016 ranked her as the sixteenth most powerful woman around the globe while in 2015 she was on 16th positions and 34th in 2014.
10. Hilary Mary Weston (Net Worth – $15.8 Billion)
Hilary Mary Weston, is an Irish-Canadian businesswoman and writer who served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from 1997 to 2002. During her five-year tenure, Weston focused on issues related to women, volunteerism, and young people, drawing public attention to people working with the homeless, in hospices and as mentors to at-risk youth.
Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Weston spent over two decades working in business and in the fashion industry. As deputy chair of Holt Renfrew, she promoted Canadian design and merchandise. During the same time, she also served as director of Brown Thomas & Co. in Ireland, co-founded Torwest in the United States, and served as vice-chair and design director of the Windsor Club in Florida.
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