The richest women in the world gained their wealth in a variety of ways! Some of these richest women got married into the richest families whereas some inherited the most powerful companies, and some built their multi-billion-dollar regimes from the ground up.

Here are the 8 richest women in the world

1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

At the top of the richest women leader board is a French billionaire heiress and only daughter of Liliane Bettencourt. Her family owns the company L’Oréal. Her mother left her net worth of about $39.5 billion after death, which makes Bettencourt Meyers one of the top 20 richest people in the world. Now she is the richest woman in the world, with an estimated fortune of $59.3 billion.

2. Alice Louise Walton

Heir to the $45 billion fortune of Walmart Inc, Alice Louse Walton is the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton. Although she’s placed second in the world’s richest women list because she’s one of the heirs to the Walmart fortune, she divides her time between finance and art.

3. Jacqueline Mars

Despite being an American heiress, Jacqueline Mars has acquired her position as one of the richest women in the world also because she’s an investor. She is the granddaughter of Frank C.Mars, who founded the American candy company Mars Incorporated. Mars was ranked as the 38th richest person in the world by Forbes, with a net worth of $23.2 billion in 2018. She now owns an estimated one-third of Mars Incorporated, the world’s largest candy maker.

4. Yang Huiyan

One quick way to feature on the world’s richest women list is by becoming your country’s richest woman. Yang Huiyan is not only China’s richest woman but also one of the world’s wealthiest people under 40. This is largely due to a stake of the Country Garden’s Holding transferred by her father, company founder Yang Guoqiang, in 2007. Yang now runs the company alongside him as co-chairman.

5. Susanne Klatten

Next on the world’s richest women list is a German billionaire heiress, the daughter of Herbert Quandt. Susanne Klatten is renowned for saving BMW from Bankruptcy. Her net worth was US$20.9 billion in 2019, which makes her the richest woman in Germany and the 46th richest person in the world.

6. Laurene Powell Jobs

The widow of Steve Jobs currently boasts $18.8 billion in net worth earning her the title of one of the richest women in the world. She gets her money from her late husband’s shares in Apple and Disney. Laurene is a famous philanthropist, an executive and the founder of Emerson Collective.

7. Abigail Pierrepont Johnson

Not only one of the richest but also one of the most powerful women in the modern financial world, Abigail Johnson sets new trends in American investment management. She started her career from scratch in her family business. She has recently become the CEO and a chairperson of Fidelity Investments, founded over 70 years ago by her grandfather. The company earns billions on the mutual-fund market.

8. Iris Fontbona

Iris Fontbona is the widow of Adronico Luksic who controlled two major industries. The first one is copper and gold mining and the second company where Fontbona owns the majority stakes is Quiñenco, a publicly-traded Chilean conglomerate that works in banking, energy, beer, and manufacturing.

Last Update: January 24, 2020