When we talk about the wealthiest men on the face of Earth, we usually talk about… well, men. You hardly ever hear anything about the richest women in the world. We have tried to find those strong women that are left out of all those top 10 lists. So, let’s see how rich those women are, and how they made their fortune.
Christy Walton $36,7 Billion/ Alice Walton $46 Billion
The first place in this list is a little bit obscure. We actually have two members of the same family fighting for this first place. John Walton’s (son of Sam Walton – founder of Walmart) widow inherited his fortune in 2005. And from 2005 to 2015, Forbes’ list of the richest women in the world had her in the first place. However, it was reported in 2016 that they had been wrong the whole time. Her son is allegedly the only one who can inherit all that money. And on the other hand, we have the only daughter of Sam Walton, Alice Walton. According to the newest list, she reclaims the crown as the richest woman in the world with the estimated fortune of $46 billion. That makes her the 16 richest people on the face of Earth. She didn’t only inherit the fortune. She actually became a driving force behind the construction of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, $42.2 billion
Unfortunately, Liliane Bettencourt, who was the previous shareholder of L’Oreal cosmetics died in September 2019 at the age of 94. The only child of Bettencourt, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, is the runner-up with $42.2 billion.
Susanne Klatten, $25 Billion
Susanne is the richest woman in Germany. On her father’s death, she inherited his 50.1% stake in pharmaceutical and chemicals manufacturer Altana. During her time on the supervisory board, the company has become one of the most successful companies in German. In 2009, Susanne bought nearly all the shares of the Altana. Her father also left her a 12.50% stake in BMW and she bought 25% stake in German wind Turbine manufacturer Nordex, and in 2012 she bought stakes from Dutch biotech company Paques and used oil recycling company Avista Oil.
Jacqueline Badger Mars $23.6 Billion
“Mars” is the largest candy company in the world. And Jacqueline Badger shares the company with her two brothers.