When you first listen to the phrase richest woman in the world’, the first thought which comes to your mind takes you to an image of top grossing celebrities or record breaking singers. However, if you really consider their incomes, it would make you realize that their earnings wouldn’t even be close to the Top 10 richest women in the world. Here’s a look at these loaded’ ladies.
10. Christy Walton
Christy Walton is the reigning queen of the giant Wal-Mart Corp. Currently, she is the richest woman in the world. Her assets are worth $25.3 billion. With such amount of wealth, there’s no doubt that John Walton’s widow has been able to cross every other woman in her league. After her husband’s demise in 2005, Christy inherited all the shares, assets and money left behind by John Walton.
Christy Walton is the 4th richest person in the United States, and the 10th richest person in the world. She has been handling the burden of a popular and well established Fortune 500 company on her shoulders. Christy didn’t take long to understand that she had to take the responsibility of the company after her husband’s demise.
09. Liliane Bettencourt
Being in the beauty and cosmetic industry may just be your lucky ticket to be counted among some of the richest women in the world. However, if you judge the wealth amassed by L’Oreal’s Liliane Bettencourt, the beauty and cosmetic industry seems very lucrative and profitable. According to reports, she has around $24 billion in assets, company shares, bank accounts and other prized possessions.
The 89 year old has always been famous for being a very clever and shrewd business woman, while being involved with numerous charities. With the amount of wealth she holds, she can afford to give a lot away, and still live a luxurious life.
08. Alice Walton
With a second person from the Walton family to be in this list, it definitely means that Wal-Mart has been doing exceptionally well. Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, and Sister in Law of Christy Walton. Currently, she is 62 years old, and worth around $23.3 billion.
Alice Walton is the 10th richest person in the United States of America, and the 17th richest person in the world. If you’re already aware of Sam’s early career as a clerk, the wealth amassed by Waltons serves as a reminder that success is not impossible, and poverty is not a permanent state.
07. Georgina Rinehart
With net worth of $18, 58 year old Georgina Rinehart has been able to make it to the list of richest women in the world. She is the richest woman in Australia. Georgina’s wealth was acquired from Lang Hancock. He was the mining mogul who also fathered Georgina.
Some people have a misconception that Georgina was handed over every dollar on a silver platter. However, this is not true. Georgina deserves some credit for her contributions to the mining business.
06. Iris Fontbona
Andronico Luksic lost his life to cancer in 2005. After his demise, Iris Fontbona (his widow) inherited $17.8 billion from the numerous shareholdings of the well established Luksic Group. This well diversified company has many interests, including financial, mining, beverage and industrial sectors.
Iris Fontbona is around 70 years old, and lives in Chile with her entire family. Although Iris never made any substantial contributions to the business, she has always offered exceptional support to the family members.
05. Birgit Rausing
Although she’s 88 years old, Birgit Rausing is giving tough competition to younger women when it comes to being among the Top 10 richest women in the world. Birgit Rausing’s husband died in 2000. She inherited the Tetra Laval Company, which was a giant in the global packaging industry.
Birgit’s wealth is around $14 billion. With such amount of wealth, she is Sweden’s wealthiest person, and the 6th richest woman in the world. She has taken her packaging business to a whole new level.
04. Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars. It won’t be wrong to say that Jacqueline has been reaping the fruits of her grandfather’s Candy company, and the tremendous amount of hardwork he put into it. Currently, Jacqueline Mars is valued at $13.8 billion. Such amount of wealth makes her the 4th richest woman in the United States of America, and among some of the richest women in the world.
In the last few years, her company has been able to grow at an astonishing rate. Even during the recession, Mars was able to generate profits, and kept adding more numbers to Jacqueline’s wealth. According to some business experts, Jacqueline seems to have a sound business plan. Although she received everything from her grandfather, she has been able to build on his hardwork, and succeed.
03. Susanne Klatten
In the last few years, BMW has emerged to be one of the biggest brands in the automobile industry. In fact, it has become one of the most well known brands in the world. However, most people don’t know much about the company’s heir. The proud owner of the company is Susanne Klatten. She is the daughter of late Herbert Quandt. In fact, Susanne Klatten also owns Altana. It is a leading German chemical manufacturer. These two companies make her worth around $13 billion.
02. Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers worked two jobs. She was a school teacher as well as a news reporter. Since then, she has come a long way. She is the daughter of James M. Cox, founder of Cox Enterprises. When he passed away, Anne Cox Chambers inherited the company. Currently, her net worth is $12.5 billion. Anne Cox Chambers is 92 years old, and still considered to be the 9th richest woman in the world. Even at such an old age, she has been actively involved with many different charities.
01. Savitri Jindal
Savitri Jindal had help from her sons to run the O.P Jindal Group. This company is one of the leading establishments in the Steel industry. Moreover, it is one of the most dynamic and well established conglomerates in India. Savitri Jindal is considered to be the 44th richest person in the world. Her net worth is $10.9 billion.
If you’ve read this post carefully, you must have noticed that the list includes heiresses, trump celebrities, businesswomen and many other types of personalities. Maybe you will see some well known pop-stars or movie actors joining the list. For now, this is the list for the Top 10 richest women in the world.