This year’s list includes 239 women from all around the world, representing a variety of industries like mining, real estate, banking, pharmaceuticals, and more.
But, within this large list of wealthy women, let us look at who made the top ten—the wealthiest among the heiresses and self-made magnates—and what made them deserving of the coveted billionaire title.L’Oreal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the world’s richest woman, had the largest dollar gain among women whose fortune is linked to public stocks. Since last March, the stock price of L’Oreal, in which she and her family own a 33 percent interest, has risen about 40%, boosting Bettencourt’s net worth to $24.7 billion. Despite her enormous charity activities during the pandemic, MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, grew wealthier this year.
List Of The Top 10 Richest Women In The World
10. Iris Fontbona & family
Fontbona has re-entered the top ten richest women in the world after her fortune plummeted in early 2020. She is the widow of Andrónico Luksic, a mining and beverage magnate who died in 2005.She and her children own Antofagasta, a Chilean mining firm with $5.1 billion in sales in 2020. Fontbana also owns a majority position in Quienco, a Chilean conglomerate with interests in banking, brewing, and manufacturing. NENet worth: 23.3 billion
9. Gina Rinehart
Rinehart is the chairwoman of the Hancock Prospecting Group, a mining and agriculture corporation founded by her father, iron-ore pioneer Lang Hancock (d. 1992). The epidemic hit the iron ore business in early 2020, but the market has since recovered, boosting the value of her 77 percent share in the company.Another mining magnate is Gina Rinehart. Her principal business is the iron-ore mining company that her father, Lang Hancock, founded. Gina, on the other hand, neither has a traditional heiress tale nor does she want to be dubbed one—she isn’t an heiress because she didn’t inherit her father’s fortune, only his difficulties. Net worth: $22.8 billion
8. Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten owns about 19% of German automaker BMW, which she inherited from her mother Johanna Quandt and father Herbert Quandt, the industrialist who is credited with rescuing BMW from bankruptcy in 1959. Klatten also owns chemicals company Altana.Despite the fact that she was an only child, Charlene was not an active participant in her father’s business—she used to own only one share of the company, valued $32. Rather of learning the ropes of the family business, she chose to live a low-key life in London with her husband and children, studying law.Charlene was put on the spot by her husband a week after her father died, and she made the life-changing decision to take over a quarter of Heineken International’s shares, trading her quiet days in London for the demanding life of a businesswoman, traveling to various parts of the world to explore the empire her father left behind in order to prove herself a true successor. Net worth: $24.3 billion
7. Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson, the widow of Republican kingmaker and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, now owns roughly half of her late husband’s interest in Las Vegas Sands after his death in early 2021.In an effort to focus on the Asia market, the business agreed to sell its iconic properties in Las Vegas, including the Venetian Resort and the Sands Expo & Convention Center, for $6.25 billion two months after Adelson died.
6. Jacqueline Mars
Mars Incorporated, the $40 billion (sales) confectionery, pet care, and food corporation best known for M&M’s and Skittles, is owned by Jacqueline Mars and her brother John. Frank C. Mars, Jacqueline and John’s grandfather, launched the company in 1911.Mars Incorporated purchased snack bar company KIND North America for an undisclosed sum in November 2020, three years after taking a minority stake. Net Worth: $31.3 Billion
5. Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene has always existed in the shadow of her late husband, Steve Jobs, and preferred to do so until his death from cancer in 2011. Laurene was left with a high-profile fortune connected to her name after his untimely death at the age of 56—a money she had to care for while grieving the loss of her husband, becoming a single parent to their children, and dealing with the attention she would rather avoid.
4. Yang Huiyan
Yang has accomplished a lot this year, including earning $2 billion in the first four trading days of 2018, remaining China’s richest woman for the sixth year in a straight, and turning 37. The results are not surprising given her position as vice chairman of Country Garden Holdings, a real estate development company in which she controls 57 percent of the stock.Yang’s ascension to the top of the wealthiest began in 2007, when her father, Yang Guoqiang, transferred a 70% ownership in the company to her name, making her not only one of the company’s largest shareholders but also China’s wealthiest individual at the tender age of 25.
3. MacKenzie Scott
Scott, whose marriage to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos split in 2019, became the pandemic’s most generous philanthropist, donating $5.8 billion to 500 nonprofit organizations across the United States, supporting issues such as racial fairness, LGBTQ+ rights, and public health.She just remarried, and her new husband, science instructor Dan Jewett, has pledged to give away a large portion of her income in 2019.
2. Alice Walton
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers took over as the world’s richest woman from Sam Walton’s daughter, but she still made $7.4 billion in the last year thanks to Walmart stock climbing more than 5% since mid-March 2020. Free delivery as part of an Amazon Prime-like membership program helped raise online sales by 69 percent in the year through January, according to the retailer.
1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers & family
Liliane Bettencourt (d. 2017), Bettencourt Meyers’ mother, received her fortune from Eugene Schueller, the founder of cosmetics giant L’Oréal. Profits for the $33.6 billion corporation (2020 sales) decreased 6% in 2020, owing in part to consumers’ loss of desire for cosmetics during quarantine measures. Despite this, the stock climbed 38% as a result of improving cosmetics demand, particularly for skincare. L’Oreal’s board of directors has had Bettencourt Meyers on it since 1997.