Do you care to know who the richest women in the world are? The Forbes list of 2021 brings together 328 women with wealth in excess of US$ 1 billion, 26% more than the previous year. Among the 20 richest women are heiresses, businesswomen and entrepreneurs from different sectors, such as beauty, department stores, dealerships and casinos.
Together they are $570.7 billion richer this year. At 31, Bumble co-founder and youngest US CEO, Whitney Wolfe Herd, achieved the feat with a fortune valued at $1.3 billion. Wolfe Herde is one of 63 women who first entered the magazine’s list of the richest women in the world.
She is on a list of 108 women who have made their own fortunes. See below who are the 10 richest women in the world.
The 10 Richest Women In The World
1 – Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and family
At 67 years old, the French woman has a fortune inherited from her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, and her father, Eugene Schueller, founders of the cosmetics giant L’Oréal, valued at US$ 73.6 billion.
2 – Alice Walton
American Alice Walton, 71, is the daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. She lost her post as the richest woman in the world to Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, but still earned $7.4 billion last year thanks to the company’s rising share price.
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3- MacKenzie Scott
At 50, the American was married until 2019 to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. She accumulates a fortune of US$53 billion. During the pandemic, she donated US$1.7 billion to 119 social entities.
4- Julia Koch and family
At 58, David Koch’s widow owns 42 percent of American Koch Industry, the largest privately held company in the United States, and a net worth of $46.4 billion.
5- Miriam Adelson
The second oldest on the list, at 75, Miriam accumulates $38.2 billion from the casino industry. Adelson controls 56% of the shares in the Las Vegas Sands casino, created by her husband Sheldon Adelson.
6- Jacqueline Mars
The 81-year-old American has a fortune of $31.3 billion. She and her brother John own a third of Mars Incorporated, a food company founded in 1911, which owns brands such as M&M and Skittles.
7- Yang Huiyan and family
At 39, the Chinese has US$ 29.6 billion in equity, coming from 57% of the shares of Country Garden Holdings, a real estate company.
8- Susanne Klatten
The 58-year-old German has assets of $27.7 billion. She owns 19.1% of BMW, from the marriage of her mother, Johanna Quandt, with Herbert Quandt, who ran the company.
9- Gina Rinehart
She is considered the richest person in Australia, with a fortune valued at $23.6 billion. Gina is the daughter of iron exploration entrepreneur Lang Hancock and was responsible for restructuring the family business, Hancock Prospecting.
10- Iris Fontbona and family
The 78-year-old Chilean has a fortune of $23.3 billion. Iris Fontbona is the widow of Andronicus Luksic, who built a fortune in mining and liquor. Iris also controls, with her children, the mining company Antofagasta Plc.