Rich women in the world – 17 Richest Females

Introducing: Top 17 richest women in the world? Here’s is a list of what we have compiled.

In some of our recent posts, we’ve listed some very interesting and compelling information about the richest musicians, celebrities, the richest men in Africa. And we are back with another very interesting list, this time of the richest women in the world. Who are they? Read on to find out…

There’s this old saying that goes “What a man can do, a woman can do even better” and so today, we have listed 17 of the richest women in the world. These women have proved that as long as the ranking of wealthiest people goes, they too can and have earned a spot in that ranking.

Some of them inherited their wealth, some got theirs from divorce (which is still legal), and others built their own businesses and companies from scratch. So who are these richest women? Let’s dive in to find out.

17. Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada, Richest women in the world
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Country: Italy
Net worth: $2.5 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Lead designer and co-CEO of one of the biggest fashion luxury clothing and goods company Prada, Miuccia Prada is ranked as the sixteenth richest woman in the world. In recent years, Prada’s network has seen a slight decline due to a 15% dip in the value of Prada stock.

16. Zhou Qunfei

Zhou Qunfei
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Country: China
Net worth: $3.6 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Tech (Lens Technology)

Zhou Qunfei is a Chinese entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Lens Technology and is ranked as the sixteenth richest woman in the world. Lens Technology is the major touchscreen maker in the world.

She started off as a migrant factory worker but is among the richest women in the world today. Her company also makes and supplies laminated display panels for auto giant, Tesla. Her company, Lens Tech went public in March 2015, and now trades on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

However, her fortune was drastically affected by the current U.S. tariffs on China and Elon Musk’s resignation as Tesla’s chairman.

15. Massimiliana Landini Aleotti

Massimiliana Landini Aleotti

Country: Italy
Net worth: $8 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

On the fifteenth position as the richest woman in the world is Massimiliana Landini Aleotti. She inherited her wealth alongside her three children from her late husband Alberto Aleotti, in 2014.

Massimiliana Landini Aleotti became the sole owner of Menarini, a pharmaceutical giant and one of Italy’s leading drug companies. The company has over 16 manufacturing sites globally and employs over 17, 000 people.

Her late husband, Alberto Aleotti, acquired the company from its previous owners back in the early 1990s. Today, the company generates over $4 billion annually.

14. Christy Walton

Christy Walton

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Net worth: $8.6 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Christy Walton is the wife of the late John T. Walton, one of three sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. After the passing away of her husband in a plane crash in 2005, Christy Walton was the main heiress to his wealth and got about one-sixth of his it which included mostly stakes in Walmart, First Solar, and Arvest Bank.

Her son, Lukas Walton (who is also a billionaire), got about one-sixth of his late pop’s estate. Christy Walton is one who loves private life, currently living in Jackson, Wyoming. She ranks as the fourteenth richest woman on our list.

13. Blair Parry-Okeden

Blair Parry-Okeden

Country: Australia
Net worth: $9.8 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Blair Parry-Okeden is the niece of the earlier mentioned Anne Cox Chambers and is the thirteenth richest woman in the world.

She inherited a 25% stake in Cox Enterprise from her mother, Barbara Cox after she passed on in 2007. Her stake in the company made her worth an estimated $9.8 billion dollars rich.

12. Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

Country: United States
Net worth: $15.1 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Abigail Pierrepont Johnson comes next as the twelveth richest woman on our list. She is an American businesswoman and has served as the president and CEO of Fidelity Investments, after taking over from her father since 2014.

Mrs. Johnson owns an estimated 24.5% stake in the Boston-based financial services company, a company which has over $2.46 trillion in assets under management. She also embraced cryptocurrencies and in 2018, she launched a platform that would enable investors trade bitcoin and ether.

11. Iris Fontbona

Iris Fontbona

Country: Chile
Net worth: $15.6 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

After the death of her husband Andrónico Luksic in 2005, Iris Fontbona took over her husband’s mining and beverage business and is now worth $15.6 billion USD (equivalent to 6% of Chile’s GDP) and ranks as the eleventh richest woman in the world.

She shares her business and fortune with two of her sons; Jean-Paul, Andronico (the third died of lung cancer in 2013). She owns Antofagasta Plc, a company in Chile which owns copper mines and trade on the London Stock Exchange.

Mrs. Fontbona also owns a majority stake with her sons in one of Chile’s biggest publicly-traded conglomerates Quiñenco, which operates in the banking, manufacturing, and beer sector.

10. Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart

Country: Australia
Net worth: $15.9 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Coming up next at the tenth richest woman in the world is Georgina Hope “Gina” Rinehart. She is also Australia’s richest person with a net worth of $15.9 billion USD. And being the richest person in all of Australia also means being the biggest private taxpayer too.

But she’s not complaining anyway. Her wealth comes from her inheritance of her father’s business, a privately owned mining/mineral exploration and extraction company in western and northern Australia. She currently ranks as the tenth richest women in the world.

9. Anne Cox Chambers

Anne Cox Chambers

Country: United States
Net worth: $17 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Cox Enterprises

Next on our list is one of the oldest female billionaires in the world, and owner of the Massive Conglomerate Cox Enterprises, Anne Cox Chambers. Born in 1919 in Dayton, Ohio, she is a media proprietor and her business Cox Enterprises announced the purchase of Dealertrack, a software maker for cars dealership, in 2015 for $4 billion.

The company also has an interest in communication; cables and broadband, media; newspapers, TV, radio stations, and the automotive sector; Autotrader.com, Manheim car auctions, Kelley Blue Book.

She also served under the President Jimmy Carter of Belgium as an ambassador and is also decorated French Legion Honor title and ranks as the ninth richest woman in the world.

8. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Country: Netherland
Net worth: $17 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Up next on our female rich list is Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, a Dutch-English businesswoman who inherited a 23% stake in the world’s second-largest brewer, Heineken International from her late father, Freddy Heineken in 2002.

Her inheritance of the stake in the company saw her become the eight richest woman in the world with an estimated net worth of $17 billion. The brewery giant Heineken has over a 150 premium brand in over 65 countries worldwide.

7. MacKenzie Bezos

MacKenzie Bezos

Country: United States
Net worth: $18 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Divorce

Novelist and ex-wife of Amazon’s CEO, MacKenzie Bezos sit as the tenth richest women in the world. Ordinarily, she would’ve have appeared much later as the third richest woman in the world following her divorce with her ex-husband Jeff Bezos, which saw her climb up the rich ladder with an estimated net worth of about $37 billion.

But, Ms. McKenzie has come out to say that she would be signing the since she ‘Giving Pledge’ which will see her donate about half of her fortune to charitable causes, CNN reports. That’s about $18 billion dollars going into charity work.

That’s more than the net worth of some of the women listed here. But, however, her decision to sign of half her wealth has seen her drop down the richlist, making her the seventh richest women in the world.

6. Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten

Country: Germany
Net worth: $20.1 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Next up on our list is Germany’s richest woman. Susanne Klatten. She owns about 19.2% stake in automaker brand BMW, along with her brother Stefan, who owns 23.7%. But nonetheless, she is still the richest woman in the auto industry.

As a trained economist with an M.B.A, she has also helped her grandfather’s Altana AG pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation to become one of the biggest in the world. She is the owner and deputy chairman of Atlanta and is ranked as the sixth richest woman in the world.

5. Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs

Country: United States
Net worth: $21.4 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Laurene Powell Jobs is the wife of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple. She comes next as the sixth richest women in the world. Powell Jobs owns a stake in Apple and Disney worth about $20 billion that she inherited from her late husband.

She is rising fast as one of the leading businesswomen in the world and has been putting her money to work, investing through Emerson Collective, a for-profit social impact firm founder by her in 2004. She puts much of her attention towards education, immigration, and the environment. Her Emerson Collective Foundation was launched in 2016. The following year, Ms. Powell Jobs took a majority stake in Atlantic Magazine.

4. Huiyan Yang

Huiyan Yang

Country: China
Net worth: $24 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Huiyan Yang comes next as the richest woman in the world. She ranks fourth as the richest women in the world by net worth. Huiyan Yang wealth was transferred to her by her father Yeung Kwok Keung in 2007 after she received a 57% stake of Country Garden Holdings, a real estate developer company.

Her sister Ziyang, is also a member of the company’s board. She heads Bright Scholar Education Holdings; a Chinese education company that went public on the New York Stock Exchange back in 2007. She graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and logistics.

3. Jacqueline Badger Mars

Jacqueline Badger Mars

Country: United States
Net worth: $27.7 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

Next on our list as the third richest woman in the world is Jacqueline Badger Mars. She owns roughly one-third of Mars, the largest candy company in the world. The company, which was founded by her grandfather Frank in 1911.

She is a renowned philanthropist and a member at the Smithsonian and the National Archives. She took over the company alongside her two brothers after the death of their father. She ranks as the third richest woman in the world.

2. Alice Walton

 Alice Walton

Country: United States of America
Net worth: $49.9 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

The second richest woman in the world is Alice Walton. She is the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. She was reported to have helped raised fund for a potential presidential run of Mrs. Clinton back in 2016.

She is a billionaire businesswoman, but her major source of wealth came from her inheritance of her father’s fortune and business Walmart Inc. She is the biggest philanthropist in the Walton family and has given out more than $2 million in support of the charter school in 2012. The 49-Year-old billionaire is said to own over $11 billion worth of shares in Walmart in 2011.

1. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Country: France
Net worth: $56.2 billion USD
Source of Wealth: Inheritance

The richest woman in the world is Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the daughter of the former richest woman in the world, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt held the position as the richest woman in the world and 13th richest person in the world until she passed away at age 94-years in 2017, leaving a net worth of $44.7 billion as estimated by Forbes.

Her daughter, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, was the only child and heiress of her wealth, which automatically made her the richest woman alive. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers is an author of Bible commentaries and works with the Jewish Relations before inheriting the wealth.

The World’s 40 Richest Women

RankNameNet WorthSource Of Wealth
1Françoise Bettencourt Meyers$56.2 billion  L’Oréal
2Alice Walton$49.9 billionWalmart
3MacKenzie Bezos$35.7 billion Amazon
4Jacqueline Mars$27.7 billionMars, Incorporated
5Yang Huiyan$24 billionCountry Garden
6Susanne Klatten$20 billion Altana, BMW
7Laurene Powell$21.2 billionApple Inc ,The Walt Disney Company
8Abigail Johnson$15.1 billionFidelity Investments
9Iris Fontbona$15.4 billionAntofagasta PLC
10Gina Rinehart $15.9 billionHancock Prospecting
11Kwong Siu-hing$8 billionSun Hung Kai Properties
12Diane Hendricks$7 billionWisconsin
13Meg Whitman$3.8 BillioneBay
14Thai Lee$3 billion IT provider
15Judy Love$2.9 billionRetail
16Lynda Resnick$2.6 billion Agriculture
17 Doris Fisher $2.7 billion Gap Inc.
18 Oprah Winfrey $2.6 billionTalk Show Host
19Sheryl Sandberg$1.7 billion Facebook
20Gail Miller$1.7 billion car dealer
21Eren Ozmen$1.4 billionaerospace
22Anastasia Soare$1.2 Billioncosmetics
23Kylie Jenner $1 Billion cosmetics
24Kit Crawford $890 Million Clif Bar
25Tory Burch $850 Million Fashion
26Sheila Johnson $820 Million BET
27Marissa Mayer $620 Million Google & Yahoo
28Rihanna $600 Million cosmetics
29Madonna$570 Million Music
30Susan Wojcicki$490 MillionGoogle
31Vera Wang$460 MillionFashion
32Celine Dion$450 MillionMusic
33Adi Tatarko$430 MillionInterior Design
34Beyoncé Knowles$400 MillionMusic
35Nora Roberts$390 MillionBooks
36Taylor Swift$360 MillionMusic
37Belinda Johnson$330 MillionAirbnb
38Sonia Gardner$310 MillionFinance
39Lynda Weinman$300 MillionEducation
40Serena Williams$225 MillionSport/ Tennis

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David Samuel

David Samuel is the Senior Writer for Porumba. He is a writer, Economist and loves research.

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