Welcome back to another in-depth look into the lifestyles and motivation of millionaires worldwide. This list we’re taking a look at the richest women in the world. It may be men who hold all the top spots on the Forbes rich list. But some of these women are hot on the tails and earning some absolute eye-watering sums. So, as we celebrate sister’s doing it for themselves, independent women and some very lucky heiresses. Let’s take a look at just who are the top 10 richest women in the world. Let’s see what we can learn from them. Personal riches are an amalgamation of income, property ownership, marriage connections and companies owned. All these net worths are as of 2019. So, let’s not waste any more time and ladies be prepared to be inspired.
10: Maria Franca Fissolo – Net Worth $1.8 Billion
Who would have thought the manufacturing of chocolate could make you so much money? Well, Maria’s marriage to Michael Ferrero did just that. Maria is one of the richest women in Italy, after inheriting the Ferrero SPA company. Following her husband’s death in 2015, Maria now lives in Monaco leaving her son Giovanni to run the company just as his father did.
9: Iris Fontbona – Net Worth $14.3 Billion
Iris Balbina Fontbona González was born in 1942 in Chile. Due to her marriage to the now deceased Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, who founded the Luksic Group is now a very wealthy woman. Following his passing Iris went on to inherit his great wealth. But that’s not to say she didn’t help her husband amass his empire. Fontbona is quite the business woman herself, her achievements include turning the business into the second biggest bank in Chile. She has the biggest brewer in the world, manager of the largest copper mines in the world and controlling the world’s largest shipping company. So, while marriage may have given Iris the step up, she certainly did her part in creating such a personal wealth.
8: Gina Rinehart – Net Worth $15.4 Billion
Australian born Gina is the chairperson for Hancock Prospecting, a company founded by her father Lang Hancock. When her father died Gina inherited 76.6% of the company with the remaining 23.4% constituting the Hope Margaret Hancock Trust, a trust named after her mother. Gina has held the position of the richest women in Australia for nearly 5 years now. She has recently secured $15.4 Billion in funding for a new project. Rinehart is planning to open the huge Roy Hill Mine, so her wealth may increase even more.
7: Abigail Johnson – Net Worth $16.8 Billion
Abigail Johnson is the CEO of US investment firm Fidelity Investments or FMR. She is also the chairwoman of its international sister company Fidelity International FIL. Abigail used her family name and connections along with her own intelligence and education to assert herself as president of the company. Johnson graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history back in 1984. However, after a brief stint as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton from 1985 to 1986. Johnson went on to complete her MBA at Harvard Business School and joined Fidelity. Which her grandfather Edward Johnson the second founded in 1946. Furthermore, Forbes placed Abigail at 16 on the list of most powerful richest women in the world back in 2016, very impressive stuff.
6: Susanne Klatten – Net Worth $19.2 Billion
Susanne Klatten has been listed as the richest women in Germany. However, her wealth is sometimes difficult to measure as she often worked under the fake name Susanne Kant. Susanne studied hard to achieve the position and power she now has. After gaining a degree in business finance, she completed a course in marketing and management at the University of Buckingham, alongside studying for an MBA from IMB in the sand, specializing in advertising. A very clever woman indeed. Following the death of her father Herbert Quandt, Susanne inherited 50.1% of his pharmaceuticals company, Atlanta for which she now sits on the advisory board. Klatten is very pro recyclable energy investing a lot of time and money into the development of wind farms, smart, green and a driven now there is a female role model.
5: Laurene Powell Jobs – Net Worth $20.1 Billion
Laurene is an American business woman, executive and founder of Emerson Collective. Which advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, social justice and environmental conservation. She is also the widow of the sadly missed Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. The two merge their wealth making them one hell of a power couple. However, after Steve’s passing Laurene went on to inherit the Steve P Jobs trust. Which as of May 2013, had a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company, worth approximately $11.1 Billion and $38.5 Million shares of Apple Inc. Plus in September 2015, Powell Jobs launched a $50 Million project to develop high schools with new approaches to education. This project was called XQ the super school project. The initiative aims to inspire teams of educators, students and community leaders to create and implement new plans for high schools.
4: Jacqueline Mars – Net Worth $26.7 Billion
Chocolate strikes again, this time in the form of Mars confectionery. Jacquelyn Mars is an American heiress born in 1939 to parents Forest and Audrey Mars. Her grandfather was Frank C. Mars who founded the American Candy Company way back in 1911. Jacqueline has enjoyed a life of luxury due to her family name. In 2013, Mars was involved in a car accident with 6 other vehicles. One person died, and a pregnant woman sadly miscarried her child. Jacqueline pled guilty in court for negligent driving. Although no traces of alcohol, drugs or medications were found in her system. It’s believed she fell asleep at the wheel.
3: Beate Heister – Net Worth $31.1 Billion
She’s a German business woman and heiress to the supermarket chain all these fortunes. Heister balances being on the company’s board along with being a mother of 6 children. The Aldi Stores were started by her father Karl Albrecht way back in 1913. Since then Aldi has opened stores in over 18 countries worldwide, though worth such an incredible sum. Beate much prefers to keep her life private and enjoys balancing her business and family time above everything else.
2: Alice Walton – Net Worth $47.1 Billion
Alice Walton is another American heiress who has amassed great wealth over the course of her life. Walton is the second wealthiest woman in the world according to Forbes due to her inheriting a Walmart’s great fortune. Back in 2016, it was reported that Alice owned over $11 Billion in Walmart shares alone. Alice, however, proved herself to be worthy of such wealth by studying and working hard. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas with a BA in economics and finance. Alice originally began her career in finance as an equity analyst and money manager for first commerce corporation. Later she went on to serve as vice chairperson and head of all investment-related activities at the Arvest Bank Group. Unfortunately, in an incident similar to Jacqueline Mars, Alice was arrested in 1989 for an alcohol-induced car accident that killed one woman, although no charges were filed.
1: Liliane Bettencourt – Net Worth $44.9 Billion
Liliane Bettencourt is the principal shareholder of the world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, “L’Oréal Paris”. Which makes her the richest women in the world and the 14th richest person in the world. Not only that, her wealth makes her the richest women in history. The French business woman and socialite inherited the company from her father when he died in 1957. Since then she has founded numerous projects to help humanitarian projects. However. you don’t get to be in such a powerful position without some press scrutiny. Though married for 52 years, her affairs were highly publicized by the media. All in all, her life has been a tightly knit web of scandals, forbidden loves, frauds and political mishaps. If ever there was a film dying to be made it’s Lilianne’s Life. At 94, Lilianne shows no sign of slowing down which is why we love her so much.
Bonus Fact: Richest Women
As of 2017, women only made up 11% of the Forbes rich list with the majority being the heiress to fortunes. We wanted to keep this in the bonus info but none of the women in our top 10 are self-made. The richest self-made woman in the world is Zhou Qunfei from China worth $6 Billion after founding lens technology. We need more richest women billionaires.
There you have it, the 10 richest women in the world. I hope there’s at least one on the list that can inspire you. Whether you achieve your wealth through hard work, clever investment, or well-planned marriages. These women proved that with dedication and ingenuity you can achieve the luxury lifestyle you so desire. Now here’s a question, do you think it’s harder for women to become self-made billionaires? Let us know down below in the comments. Thank you for spending some time with us. Make sure to subscribe to our Newsletters, so you never miss a list.