Women empowerment and feminism are definitely having a moment and it looks like it’s here to stay. As the movement continues to take the world by storm, there’s no denying that female-led companies and businesses are at the helm. Because of their success in their respective fields, these female powerhouses now have billions under their name.
From running some of the world’s largest businesses to building makeup and skincare empires, it seems that women can do everything. Some people on this list even started from scratch, making their achievements downright inspiring and motivating. With these ground-breaking legacies and huge bank accounts, who wouldn’t want to be in their shoes, right?
Get to know the top ten richest women in the world today. These female icons not only deserve to be in the spotlight, but they also deserve to be recognized for the beacons of hope they symbolize.
10. Abigail Johnson
Net Worth: $16.5 billion
Since her father’s death in 2014, Abigail Johnson took the wheel and is now the chief executive officer of Fidelity Investments. She currently owns 24.5% of the firm and is managing its nearly $2.7 trillion assets. Boston Magazine states that Abby is the only woman leading a major financial company.
9. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Net Worth: $17.2 billion
Craving Heineken after work or just to ease your mind after a long day? You can thank Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken for helping run the family business after her father Freddy Heineken died. Upon Freddy’s death, Charlene was instantly given 100 million shares – giving her controlling shares of up to 23%.
Today, Charlene is just as involved in the beer-making business. She is currently the executive director of the company.
8. Susanne Klatten
Net Worth: $20.1 billion
Though her wealth is largely inherited from her family, with her father being Herbert Quandt, Susanne Klatten made a name for herself by being the only business owner of Altana. She owns a medical company that manufactures pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals. Altana AG makes a minimum of $2.5 billion in sales per year.
7. Gina Rinehart
Net Worth: $20.8 billion
Hailing from Australia, Gina Rinehart is a mining magnate and heiress that takes up the chairman position in Hancock Prospecting which owns stakes and royalties in the mining industry. According to Bloomberg, she is now worth a whopping $20.8 billion.
In a rags to riches story if you will, you’ll be inspired to know that after their company went bankrupt, this woman took it upon herself to resurrect the company and build it from the ground up. Apart from dabbling in the ore mining business, Rinehart is also considered Australia’s third-largest producer of cattle.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs
Net Worth: $25 billion
Steve Jobs was no stranger to the limelight, but his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, certainly was. However, when Steve died of pancreatic cancer, Laurene was thrust into the limelight, inheriting the controlling stakes of Apple and making her net worth a whole lot of money.
Laurene prefers to pave her own path and use her wealth to help other sectors in society. A philanthropist at heart, she gives financial support to the Emerson Collective, an organization that seeks to provide solutions to various forms of injustices and inequalities. She also has investments in media outlets and sports.
5. Yang Huiyan
Net Worth: $26 billion
Yang Huiyan is definitely a model for millennials and other younger generations, especially as she has managed to secure the title of China’s richest woman by the age of 25. At that age, she managed to secure 70% of her company’s holdings after her father transferred his shares under her name. Huiyan and her family own and run the largest property development company in China, Country Garden.
In 2018, the South China Morning Post revealed that Huiyan added billions to her name in just 96 hours. Apart from property development, this power woman is also the chairman of Bright Scholar Education Holdings, which operates international and bilingual schools in China.
4. Jacqueline Mars
Net Worth: $27.7 billion
Fond of Mars bars and M&Ms? Or perhaps you’re into Snickers and Milky Ways? Whichever of these you like, Jacqueline Mars is partly responsible for making them this way. After all, she owns approximately one-third of the world’s largest candy maker.
After retiring from the family business, Jacqueline now dedicates her time doing philanthropic works as well as doing board work for a number of organizations, including the Smithsonian and the National Archives.
3. Mackenzie Bezos
Net Worth: $36.8 billion
After her divorce to Amazon owner, Mackenzie Bezos secured the world’s third-richest woman position for herself. Forbes states that Jeff himself transferred a quarter of his shares, leading Mackenzie to gain 19.7 million stocks in total from Amazon.
Besides her association in the Amazon business, Mackenzie is a renowned novelist. She has two novels under her name, titled Traps and the Testing of Luther Albright. In 2019, Mackenzie also pledged to give half of her personal wealth under the Giving Pledge initiative.
2. Alice Walton
Net Worth $50.2 billion
Heir to the Walmart fortune, Alice Walton is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. While she owns a combined 50+ percent stake in the company, together with her siblings, Walton reportedly wanted to pursue other things.
A lover of art and all things fine, Alice now spends her time curating art for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art which she opened in 2011.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Net Worth: $58.5 Billion
Are you a beauty enthusiast? If you are, you must know that L’Oreal is one of the OG brands on the market that’s here to stay. Together with her family, Bettencourt Meyers’ owns 33% of shares from the business, with Forbes saying most of her wealth is tied to the brand. She has worked for the company since 1997 as part of the board.
The granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder, this heiress is dubbed as the richest woman in the world. Not only that, she remains in the top 20 richest people in the world, taking the number 15 spot. Her mom, Liliane, previously took the number one spot before dying at age 94.
These women entrepreneurs and billionaires are certainly inspiring. Apart from paving the way for females around the globe, their successes and achievements represent one closer step towards equality.
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