The Richest Women In The World Right Now

By on April 13, 2017 in ArticlesBillionaire News

It has been a great year for female billionaires. Of the 2,042 richest people in the world, a record 227 of them are women. That up from last year's 202 and an all time record for the wealthiest women in the world. These 227 million have a collective fortune of $852.5 billion and make up 11% of the total list. Nearly all of the 24 wealthiest women in the world inherited their money. Hong Kong's Zhou Qunfei is the only self-made woman on this list.

Don't let that small percentage disappoint you. While only one self-made woman made the top 20, overall the number of self-made women on the list of the world's richest has almost tripled from just 10 years ago. Amongst female billionaires, the self-made women are now one out of every four. The United States has 74 female billionaires while Germany has 28, and China has 23. Vietnam's Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is her country's first female billionaire. She made her $1.2 billion fortune through VietJet Airlines. Japan's Yoshiko Shinohara made her fortune through her temporary staffing firm. She is Japan's first self-made female billionaire.

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L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt is the wealthiest woman in the world for the second year in a row with a net worth of $35 billion. The 94-year-old is the sole heir to L'Oréal, the largest cosmetics company in the world, which was started by her father in 1907. She inherited the company at the age of 35 when her father passed away. She held an active seat on the L'Oréal Board of Directors until 1995. She is also a large shareholder in Nestle. Liliane owns one third of L'Oréal.

The second-richest woman in the world is Walmart heiress Christy Walton with a net worth of $31 billion. The third richest is Christy's sister in law Alice Walton. She has a net worth of $28 billion. Alice is the youngest child and only daughter of Sam and Helen Walton. She is the Walton family's biggest philanthropist, giving more than $2 million to support charter school initiatives 2016.

Familiar names round out the top 10 richest women in the world today. These heiress's fortunes were built on the back of some of the biggest and most loved brands in the world. These include Mars Inc.'s Jaqueline Mars, Nutella widow Maria Franca Fissolo, and Apple widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

The 24 Richest Women In The World Right Now:

#23. (tie) Yang Huiyan

Net Worth: $5.2 billion

Source: real estate

Country: China

#23. (tie) Pauline MacMillan Keinath

Net Worth: $5.2 billion

Source: Cargill

Country: United States

#22. Zhou Qunfei

Net Worth: $6 billion

Source: smartphone screens

Country: Hong Kong

#21. Sandra Ortega Mera

Net Worth: $6.2 billion

Source: Zara

Country: Spain

#19. (tie) Margaretta Taylor

Net Worth: $8.1 billion

Source: Cox media

Country: United States

#19. (tie) Katharine Rayner

Net Worth: $8.1 billion

Source: Cox media

Country: United States

#18. Blair Parry-Okeden

Net Worth: $8.2 billion

Source: Cox media

Country: United States

#17. Massimiliana Landini Aleotti

Net Worth: $10 billion

Source: pharmaceuticals

Country: Italy

#15. (tie) Carrie Perrodo

Net Worth: $11.7 billion

Source: oil

Country: France

#15. (tie) Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Net Worth: $11.7 billion

Source: Heineken

Country: Netherlands

#14. Abigail Johnson

Net Worth: $12 billion

Source: money management

Country: United States

#13. Gina Rinehart

Net Worth: $12.7 billion

Source: mining

Country: Australia

#12. Johanna Quandt

Net Worth: $12.8 billion

Source: BMW

Country: Germany

#11.  Beate Heister

Net Worth: $13.6 billion

Source: Aldi supermarkets

Country: Germany

#10. Iris Fontbana

Net Worth: $13.7 billion

Source: mining

Country: Chile

#9. Susanne Klatten

Net Worth: $16.2 billion

Source: BMW

Country: Germany

#7. (tie) Laurene Powell Jobs

Net Worth: $17 billion

Source: Apple, Disney

Country: United States

#7.  (tie) Anne Cox Chambers

Net Worth: $17 billion

Source: Cox Media

Country: United States

#6. Elaine Marshall

Net Worth: $17.1 billion

Source: Koch Industries

Country: United States

#5. Jacqueline Mars

Net Worth: $24.4 billion

Source: Mars

Country: United States

#4. Maria Franca Fissola

Net Worth: $25 billion

Source: Nuttela

Country: Italy

#3. Alice Walton

Net Worth: $28 billion

Source: Walmart, inherited

Country: United States

#2. Christy Walton

Net Worth: $31 billion

Source: Walmart

Country: United States

#1. Liliane Bettencourt

Net Worth: $35 billion

Source: L'Oréal

Country: France

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 attended the University of Southern California where she majored in Creative Writing. An avid long distance runner, weekends she can be found running the streets of Los Angeles training for 1/2 and full marathons. Follow her on Facebook.
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