The 10-Richest Women In America Right Now

By on January 26, 2018 in ArticlesBillionaire News

It's always fun to check in on our favorite billionaires and see where they stack up. I often wonder if Walton family gatherings have the various family members bragging about their latest spot on the billionaires list. Perhaps they have a family competition to see who can donate the most money to philanthropy. Heck, who knows what amuses multi-billionaires, right? The richest women in America are all billionaires with a certain distinction. They are not self-made. Each and every single one of these women are heiresses or widows of the founders of some of the best known and biggest companies in the world. There are even a bunch of family members on the list of the ten wealthiest American women. Three Walton women made the list, as did three women from the Cox Cable empire. When it comes to self-made women, Oprah Winfrey and Little Caesar's Pizza's Marian Ilitch are two of the wealthiest—but neither are rich enough to make this list.

#10. Pauline MacMillan Keinath

Net worth: $5.2 billion

Pauline MacMillan Keinath is an heiress of Cargill, the biggest food company in the world. Cargill is the parent company behind pet food companies Purina and Nutrena. She is the great grand-daughter of the founder of the Minnesota-based company that has 155,000 employees in 70 countries. Cargill supplies a wide variety of brands, including animal food giants like Nutrena and Purina.

#9. Ann Walton Kroenke

Net worth: $5.5 billion

Ann Walton Kroenke inherited her billions from her dad James "Bud" Walton, who co-founded Walmart with his brother Sam. When Bud died in 1995, Anne inherited a part of his Walmart stake. Ann isn't just a billionaire lady who lunches. She is also a registered nurse. She is married to Los Angeles Rams and Denver Nuggets owner Stan Kroeneke.

#7. Margaretta Taylor

Net worth: $8.1 billion

Margaretta Taylor is an heiress to the Cox Enterprises fortune. She and her siblings inherited their mother Ann Cox Chamber's stake in the family business. Cox Cable is the third largest cable operator in the U.S. Margaretta is the granddaughter of James M. Cox, founder of Cox Enterprises.

#7. Katharine Rayner

Net worth: $8.1 billion

Katherine Rayner, sister of Margaretta Taylor, also inherited her billions from her mother Ann Cox Chambers. Each of the Cox Chambers siblings, which includes their brother James, has a 17% stake in the family business.

#6. Blair Parry-Okeden

Net worth: $8.2 billion

Blair Parry-Okeden is another Cox Enterprises heiress. Her mother, Barbara Cox Anthony was the daughter of James M. Cox, the founder of the company. She passed away in 2007 and left her daughter a 25% stake in Cox Enterprises.

#5. Abigail Johnson

Net worth: $12 billion

Abigail Johnson is the CEO of Fidelity Investments, an asset management and finance services giant that was started by her father Edward "Ned" Johnson III. Having served as the company's President since 2012, Abigail was expected to step in her father's shoes as CEO this fall. Abigail got her start in the family empire before even starting college. Initially, Abigail served as a gopher, with her duties limited to taking orders from customers by phone. Next, she attended Hobart and William Smith, after which she served as a consultant at Booze Allen Hamilton in 1988. In her free time she also earned a Harvard MBA. Today, she marks the third generation of Fidelity's Johnsons leaders with an approximate 24% stake in the company.

#4. Laurene Powell Jobs

Net worth: $19 billion

Laurene Powell Jobs is Steve Jobs' widow and the largest individual shareholder in The Walt Disney Company.  She is the head of the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust and oversees the 130 million shares she owns in Disney which were left to her by her late husband. However, Powell Jobs isn't just a wealthy woman who inherited her husband's fortune. She has her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Stanford. Before business school, Powell Jobs worked for Merrill Lynch Asset Management and spent three years at Goldman Sachs as a fixed-income trading strategist. She co-founded Terravera, a natural foods company that sold to retailers throughout Northern California. She is the founder of Emerson Collective, which works on advancing education and immigration reform policies, social justice, and environmental conservation. She is also co-founder and President of the Board of College Track, which prepares disadvantaged high school students for college.

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#3. Jacqueline Mars

Net worth: $28 billion

Jacqueline Mars is the daughter of Forrest Mars, Sr., and granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the world's largest candy company Mars, Incorporated. Mars is the 15th richest American and fourth richest woman in the world. Jacqueline and her two brothers inherited the candy empire when their father died.  More than 400 million M&Ms are made by the Mars company in the United States every day.

#2. Christy Walton

Net worth: $31 billion

Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, one Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart's sons. After John's death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of $18.2 billion. She is the second richest woman in the world with the bulk of her worth coming from shares in Walmart. Walton's shares in First Solar, a company her husband invested in, have risen sharply, helping to elevate her net worth above the rest of the Walton clan.

#1. Alice Walton

Net worth: $38 billion

Alice Walton is one of the richest people in the world. The heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune has a net worth of $34.7 billion. Alice is the youngest child of Sam and Helen Walton. She is the Walton family's biggest philanthropist, giving more than $2 million in 2012 to support charter school initiatives.

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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