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.
Let’s take a look at a precise list of top 10 richest women in the world:
1. Liliane Bettencourt (Net Worth - $36.1 billion)
Liliane Bettencourt was born in 1922 October is a native of France and is a businesswoman. She is one of the key shareholders of the grand name L’Oreal and as per the Forbes list of the richest women in the world, the 2016 version; she is the richest woman in the world and eleventh richest person all over the world. She has been the richest woman in the world in history, with the highest net worth of more than 40 billion. She along with her children own 33% of the grand cosmetic empire, L’Oreal, which was founded by her father Eugene Schueller back in 1907.
2. Alice Louise Walton (Net Worth - $33.2 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 $32.3 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. Jacqueline Mars (net Worth - $23.4 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 2016 she was described to possess a net worth of $23.4 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.
4. Maria Franca Fissolo (Net Worth - $22.1 billion)
Maria Franca Fissolo who was born in 1941 is a billionaire from Italy and is the widow of Michele Ferrero, the owner of the Ferrero Spa, the second largest confectionary company. She got married to Michele Ferrero in 1962 and the couple had two sons, Pietro Ferrero Jr and Giovanni Ferrero. With a net worth of $22 billion, she became the fourth richest woman in the world. Ferrero Group is one of the leading sweet companies and it is particularly famous for the exceptionally delicious Nutella chocolate, Tic-tac mint and Kinder chocolate. Even in the absence of her husband and the founder of the Ferrero group, who died in 2015 Valentine’s Day, but the business of the family still goes on.
5. Susanne Klatten (Net Worth - $18.5 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 fifth 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.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs (Net Worth – $17.3 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. Abigail Johnson (Net Worth – $13.8 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.
8. Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken (Net Worth – $13.4 Billion)
Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken was born in June 1954 and is a businesswoman. She holds 25% stake in Heineken International, the third largest brewer and is one of the richest women in the UK. She is also then executive director of the Heineken International. She has acquired a degree in law from the University of Leiden. She is the wealthiest Dutch person and holds 10th position in the UK within the list of richest person within the UK. In 2002, after the death of her father she inherited about £3 billion of the property which made her the richest person of Dutch.
9. Iris Fontbona (Net worth – $13.4 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.
10. Massimiliana Landini Aleotti (Net Worth – $11.6 Billion)
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti who was born in 1942 is a resident of Italy and is a billionaire heiress. She along with her two children is the heiress of the giant pharmaceutical company Menarini. As per the latest Forbes listing, she has a net worth of $11.6 Billion. While her son Alberto Giovanni is the vice chairman of the company, her daughter Lucia has been given the responsibility as the chairman of the company. After the death of her husband Alberto Aleotti in 2014, she and her children inherited his company in 2015.