Top 10 richest women in the world


We know who the richest man is. True? Now care to know who the richest woman is? This article gives a synopsis of the worth of the richest women and how they earned their fortune. Though many of them have inherited the fortunes, they have turned these fortunes into even bigger ones.

10 Johanna Quandt

  • Net Worth: $12.6 billion USD
  • Location: Germany

Johanna Quandt, was born in the year, 1926. She is the widow of the business tycoon Mr. Herbert Quandt. She started her career as a secretary in the office of her husband to be and gradually married him. Mr. Herbert was the one, who rescued the automaker BMW out of economic failure. After the death of Mr. Herbert, Johanna inherited the major shares of the automaker, which made her to be among the board of directors, until 1997. She still possesses shares of BMW, which in turn makes her the 8th richest person in Germany. The Quandt’s were blessed with two children, who also own major shares. She is ranked in the 82nd position among the richest people in the world. Johanna supports the organizations dealing with cancer in children and also spends a major amount on the political parties.

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9 Iris Fontbona

  • Net Worth: $12.8 billion USD
  • Location: Chile

Iris Fonbona is the richest person in Chile. She is ranked in the 35th position among the richest people in the world. Iris is the wife of Andronico Luksic, who owns ‘Antofagasta’, a mining company for copper. After Andronico died out of cancer, she had inherited the mining business. The major source of wealth for her comes from the mining business. She is also a major shareholder in Quinenco, a beverage maker and consumer packaging company.

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8 Abigail Johnson

  • Net Worth: $13.1 billion USD
  • Location: USA

Abigail Johnson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Fidelity Investments. She was born in the year 1961. She is ranked in the 34th position among the richest people in the world. Her major wealth comes from the money management company, Fidelity Investments, which is considered to be the second largest mutual fund company in The USA. This company was founded earlier by Abigail’s grandfather, Edward C. Johnson II. Her father is currently the chairman of the company. The family owns 49% of the stakes in the company.

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7 Anne Cox Chambers

  • Net Worth: $16.6 billion USD
  • Location: Ohio, USA

Anne cox is ranked as the 28th richest person in the USA and she is placed in the 53rd position among the richest people in the world. She is a divorcee with three kids. Her major source of wealth comes from the media. She owns the major stakes in the Cox Enterprises, which is a private media realm. Cox Enterprises comprises of cable television, newspapers, radio, television and other business connected with entertainment.

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6 Susanne Klatten

  • Net Worth: $17.2 billion USD
  • Location: Germany

Susanne is one of the richest women in Germany. She is ranked in the 49th position among the richest people in the world. Her major revenue comes from a pharmaceutical business. She has also inherited her father’s stake in the BMW. Now, combining, her stake, her brother’s stake and her mother’s share, the family owns 50% of the shares of BMW, the automaker.

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5 Laurene Powell Jobs

  • Net Worth: $18.6 billion USD
  • Location: USA

Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of the co-founder of Apple Inc. Steve Jobs. She has inherited her husband’s shares after Steve died out of cancer. Laurene is also the founder of Emerson Collective that advocates for reforms in education, conservation of the environment and social justice. She is also a co-founder at College Track, that prepares the under privileged school students to get a place into the college.

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4 Jacqueline Mars

  • Net Worth: $19.5 billion USD
  • Location: USA

Jacqueline Mars is ranked in the 15th position among the richest people and the third affluent woman in the USA. Jacqueline owns shares in Mars, the candy. Her revenue comes from shares from Mars and other investments. The entire wealth of the family of Jacqueline is estimated to be 33 billion dollars. Though she is also a board member in the Mars, she has no roles to play in the daily operations of the company.

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3 Liliane Bettencourt

  • Net Worth: $34 billion USD
  • Location: France

She owns the major shares of L’Oreal. She is also a founder of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation that was created with a cause to support humanitarian projects. She is also a stake holder in Nestle. L’Oreal is set to expand its realm, which gives a hope that Liliane might get higher ranks the next year.

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2 Alice Walton

  • Net Worth: $34.9 billion USD
  • Location: USA

Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam, the founder of Wal-Mart. Alice is ranked in the 10th position among the richest persons in America. Alice is a humanitarian who spends a majority of her earning to the needy. She did not get any recognition with regard to this, since she does all her public-spirited activities under cover.

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1 Christy Walton

Net Worth: $41.7 billion USD

Location: USA

Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, who passed away in the year 2005. She had inherited his share of property from the Wal-Mart group. The Walton Family is the world’s largest retailer, possessing more than 8900 stores across the globe. Christy is a philanthropist, who is known to contribute a major percent of her income to charity.

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