Earlier, we did an article on the richest men in the world. Today, we will look at the boss ladies; the richest women in the world.
As the adage goes, what a man can do, a woman can do better. This is certainly true. Those who have wives understand what I am talking about. Women are specifically gifted to bring about an increase in society.
In today’s society, we are seeing more and more women taking positions of influence and making it in life. Although, it is men who are recognized mostly, women play a big role in shaping men and their success.
For example, many people may know me but they may not know my wife. However, I attribute everything I am to her support, wise counsel, and care. Most women may not be in the limelight but they play an important role in society.
In the 2020 Forbes list of billionaires, there were 234 women. This is 10 women less from the 2019’s list.
Of the 100 richest people in the world, 12 are women. It is also important to note that all 12 women inherited their wealth. This means that there is still a big gap between men and women.
Looking at the statistics, only 16.9% of women billionaires are self-made. This is a low number compared to 62% for men.
Other women on the list have gained their wealth through a divorce. The best example is Mackenzie Scott, formerly Mackenzie Bezos. She received a whopping 38 billion dollars in a divorce settlement in 2019.
However, women billionaires like Kylie Jenner are a great example of what women can do. Kylie became the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 21.
Richest women in the world (September 2020)
1. Alice Walton – 65.9 billion USD
Alice is the richest woman in the world. She is ranked 12th in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
Alice is an heiress to the Walmart fortune.
- She was born on October 7, 1949 (71 years) in Newport, Arkansas, United States.
- Alice is the only daughter of Walmart founder, Sam Walton.
- She holds a BA in Economics from Trinity University.
- Her fortune increased by 23% from 2019.
2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers -65.4 Billion USD
Francoise is a French female billionaire. She is the heiress of the L’Oreal fortune; a cosmetics giant founded in France by her grandfather.
- She was born on 10th July 1953 (67 years) in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
- Francoise is ranked 13th in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
- She inherited her wealth from her mother Liliane Bettencourt who died in 2017 at the age of 94 years. She was the richest woman in the world.
- The shares of L’Oreal dropped by 12% due to COVID-19 and she lost around 400 million USD.
She was the richest woman in the world before being overtaken by Alice Walton.
3. Mackenzie Scott – 62.3 billion USD
Mackenzie Scott formerly Mackenzie Bezos joined the Forbes list of the richest women in the world in 2019 after a 38 billion USD divorce settlement with the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos.
She was born on April 7, 1970 (50 years) in San Francisco, California. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in English from Princeton University. Mackenzie married Jeff Bezos in 1993.
After getting the billionaire status, Mackenzie signed the Giving Pledge promising to give at least half of her wealth to charity.
She is ranked 17th in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
4. Julia Koch – 44.9 billion USD
She was born in 1st April 1962 (58 years). She inherited her wealth from her husband David Koch who died at the age of 79 in August 2019.
Her inheritance included a 42% stake in Koch Industries. She is ranked 24th in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
5. Jacqueline Mars – 28.9 billion USD
She was born on October 10, 1939 (80 years). Jacqueline is an American heiress to Mars Inc. shares.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in Anthropology. She is ranked 38th in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
6. Yang Huiyan – 27.3 billion USD
Yang is a Chinese heiress and majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings. Despite being 6th in the Forbes list of the richest women in the world, Yang is the richest woman in Asia.
She received the inheritance in 2007 from her father Yang Guoqiang. Yang graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of arts/science from Ohio State University.
She was born on July 20, 1981 (39 years). She owns 57% of Country Garden Holdings. Yang is ranked 43rd in the Forbes list of the richest people in the world.
7. Sussane Klatten – 23.9 billion USD
She inherited a 50.1% stake in pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer Altana upon her father’s death. She also inherited a 12.5% stake in automobile manufacturer BMW. Following the death of her mother in 2015, her stake at BMW increased to 19.2%.
She was born on 28th April 1962 (58 years) in Bad Homburg, Germany. She has a degree in Business Finance and an MBA from the IMD Business School.
Despite being 7th in the Forbes list of the richest women in the world, Sussane is the richest woman in Germany. She is ranked 54th in the Forbes list of the richest people alive.
8. Laurene Powell Jobs – 19.9 billion USD
Laurene was born on 6 November 1963 (56 years) in West Milford, New Jersey. She inherited 38.5 million Apple Inc. shares upon the death of her husband Steve Jobs in 2011. She also inherited a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company.
Laurene Jobs has two bachelor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania; one in Political Science and another in Economics. She also obtained an MBA degree from Stanford University.
She is ranked 67th in the Forbes top billionaires list.
9. Zhong Huijuan – 18.8 billion USD
Zhong got her wealth from the pharmaceutical industry. She chairs Chinese drug maker Hansoh Pharmaceutical, which produces oncology, psychoactive, anti-diabetic, and other drugs.
Zhong is married to Sun Piaoyang, the billionaire chairman of Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine. She is ranked 70th in the Forbes list of the richest people on earth.
10. Gina Rinehart – 16.1 billion USD
She was born on February 9, 1954 (66 years) in Perth, Western Australia. Rinehart is Chairman of Hancock Prospecting, a privately-owned mineral exploration and extraction company founded by her father, Lang Hancock.
Forbes billionaires list- 103. Despite being number 10 in the Forbes list of the richest woman in the world, Gina is one of the richest people in Australia.
Final thoughts on the richest women in the world
These are the richest women in the world. Despite these women being lucky to be heiresses of different fortunes, they also have their credentials and hard work to multiply the wealth left in their care.
Let’s recap: Top 10 richest women in the world
- Alice Walton – 65.9 billion USD, Walmart, USA.
- Francoise Bettencourt Meyers -65.4 Billion USD, L’Oreal, France.
- Mackenzie Scott – 62.3 billion USD, Amazon, USA.
- Julia Koch – 44.9 billion USD, Koch Industries, USA.
- Jacqueline Mars – 28.9 billion USD, Mars Inc. USA.
- Yang Huiyan – 27.3 billion USD, Country Garden Holdings, China.
- Sussane Klatten – 23.9 billion USD, BMW, Altana, Germany.
- Laurene Powell Jobs – 19.9 billion USD, Apple, Walt Disney, USA
- Zhong Huijuan – 18.8 billion USD, Hansoh Pharmaceutical, China.
- Gina Rinehart – 16.1 billion USD, Hancock Prospecting, Australia
All the best.