Top 10 richest women in the world 2017-2018 (Forbes Billionaires List): A record high has been made in the number of total billionaires in the world at 2,043, and the year has just started! The gender diversity is increasing even among the titles predominantly held by males. ‘Women with large personal wealth are a recent phenomenon‘, says Walter Schide, professor of ancient history at Stanford University.
It takes mind-numbing hard work, years of perseverance, risks and a bit of luck to reach the world’s greatest. Women are fast changing the perceptions of society and breaking stereotypes to reach where they want to be. Here’s presenting the list of top ten richest women in the world and a quick run down of how they made it to their ten-figure fortune.
Here is list of top 10 richest women in the world 2017- 2018 (Forbes Billionaires List).
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- 10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken ($12.6 B)
- 9. Iris Fontbona ($13.7B)
- 8. Abigail Johnson ($14.4 B)
- 7. Gina Rinehart ($15 B)
- 6. Laurene Powell Jobs ($20B)
- 5. Susanne Klatten ($20.4 B)
- 4. Maria Franca Fissolo ($25.2B)
- 3. Jacqueline Mars ($27B)
- 2. Alice Walton ($33.8B)
- 1. Liliane Bettencourt ($39.5 B)
10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken ($12.6 B)
This 62-year-old heiress from Netherlands owns a 25 % stake in the brewer Heineken. She is the executive director and has the global net worth of $12.6 billion. Heineken opened a brewery in Amsterdam around 150 years ago.
9. Iris Fontbona ($13.7B)
Iris Fontbona controls the Santiago-based mining company named Antofagasta. She successfully turned her business into the second largest bank in Chile, the biggest brewer in the world and even controls the largest shipping company. She is 74 years old and has an estimated net worth of $13.7 billion.
8. Abigail Johnson ($14.4 B)
Abigail Johnson is an American business tycoon. She is 55 years old and the president and chief executive officer of US investment firm Fidelity. She is also the chairwoman of Fidelity International, Presently she has absolute authority over Fidelity and its 45,000 employees worldwide. Her estimated global worth is $14.4 billion.
7. Gina Rinehart ($15 B)
In 1992, Gina Rinehart became the Chairman of Hancock Prospecting Pt. Limited (HPPL). She shares 50% of profits that are generated by Hope Downs Mine, an annual producer of iron ore. This 63-year-old Australian has an estimated worth of $15 billion.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs ($20B)
The youngest richest woman in our list at 53, Laurene Powell Jobs is an American business woman, executive and the founder of Emerson Collective. She co-founded Board Of College, a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged students in their higher studies.Her net worth is $20 billion, largely acquired from Apple and Disney.
5. Susanne Klatten ($20.4 B)
Holding the title of the richest women in Germany, she inherited 50.1 % stakes in Atlanta and 12.5% stakes in BMW after her father passed away. She made Atlanta into one of the major corporations in Germany and take a position in the list of self made female billionaires. She even has stakes in Nordex, a wind turbine manufacturer, in Paques, a biotech company and Avista oil of Germany, a used oil recycling company. Her investment record displays her impeccable decisions and the result is right in front of our eyes. The 54-year-old, has a whopping global worth of around $20.4 billion. She is 5th world’s wealthiest woman in 2017.
4. Maria Franca Fissolo ($25.2B)
She is the Italian billionaire and the owner of Ferrero group, the second largest confectionery company in Europe, famous for Nutella, tic tac mints and chocolates. Her father in law started the business during World war II, and came up with the idea of Nutella spread. Already 82 years old, her estimated worth is $25.2 billion and in the list of famous self made female billionaires. (It’s a classic example of where necessity breeds invention, apparently there was a deficiency of cocoa beans hence a chocolate spread would easily meet up with the requirement.)
3. Jacqueline Mars ($27B)
An acclaimed investor from the United States and heiress Jacqueline Mars owns around 30% of the largest candy maker, Mars, Inc. She retired in 2001, yet remained on board till the year 2016. Her career started in 1982, being in charge of development and marketing of the new food products. Now 77 years old her net worth is about 27 billion US dollars.Her company has a large presence in the world of pet products! It owns around five billion dollar pet brands. Jacquline Mars took the number 3rd position among all other top ten world’s wealthiest woman in the world 2017 – 2018.
2. Alice Walton ($33.8B)
Alice Walton is American heiress to the Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Being the daughter of the Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton described her to be the most like him, a bit of maverick and maybe even more volatile (his words, not mine ). She started her career as an equity analyst in the field of finance. She holds an important presence behind the Northwest Arkansan Council and a staunch supporter in the transportation improvements in the region. She served as the President, Chairperson, and CEO of the Llama company. She now lives in a ranch Texas named, Walton’s Rocking W Ranch. She recently turned 67 and her average global worth is $33.8 billion.
1. Liliane Bettencourt ($39.5 B)
The world’s richest woman and a major shareholder in the cosmetics giant L’Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt is now 94 years old. Her career started when she as 15, labeling shampoo bottles in her father’s company and this gave her the much-admired business insight in the workings of the company. She remains an inspiration for the younger generation of upcoming entrepreneurs. Congratulations to all the women who no doubt contributed to her wealth, a global net worth of $39.5 billion. Well just another reason to buy that new lipstick shade you had your eye on!
Conclusion: Top 10 Richest Women In The World 2017 – 2018 (Forbes Billionaires List).
The number of World’s richest women went up to 227 this year. Despite the heavy influence of family wealth and inheritance, they undoubtedly had the knack for taking the right decisions in the most opportune circumstances. Ultimately their hard work paid off, and now women have a collective worth of $852.8 billion in the Forbes list of richest around 11% of the total net worth.