As we all know, there is a renowned statement “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”. But here is a question and that is – If compared to men, are women that successful? To figure out the answer and to prove that women are equally successful as men today, we have jotted down some information. Here are the top 11 richest women in the world, and we have described them according to, The World’s Billionaires List. Just like the wealthiest men, women also have acquired their wealth through various means. Some have inherited, while some have earned it on their own, but they have all had to work to retain what they have got or achieved. Below we have listed the top 11 richest women in the world:
11 Liliane Bettencourt
On the top of the list we have Liliane Bettencourt, the grand dame of L’Oréal. She and her children own 33% of the cosmetic empire which was started by her father Eugene Schuller in 1907. Liliane Bettencourt was placed under the guardianship of her daughter Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers and her grandson by the court after finding her unfit to manage her affairs in the year 2011. Liliane, who is suffering from dementia, was later replaced by her grandson Jean-Victor Meyers in 2012 on the company’s board meeting. In the year 2015, a French court found out that 8 people including a celebrity photographer and several wealth managers were taking advantage of her mental state. The photographer, was sentenced for 3 years and was charged a sum of 158 million euros by the court to pay back to Liliane as recovery of damages. Liliane is still the richest woman in Europe.
10 Alice Walton
The roots of the fortune that Alice own starts from the stake in the mega retailer Wal-Mart. Founded by her father Sam Walton in 1962, Wal-Mart has many stake holders but Alice and her billionaire siblings Jim and Rob along with their family own half of the Wal-Mart. Unlike her brothers, Alice hasn’t played an active role in the company, rather she focused on her collection of arts. Her own work terminated on the inauguration of Crystal Bridges Art Museum in the year 2011, in Bentonville, Alaska. She purchased a New Jersey home in the year 2013, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Later it was moved to the museum, which features works of Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. She donated a sum of $353,400 to a pro-Hillary super PAC in the year 2015.
9 Jacqueline Mars
Mars, the world’s largest candy making company is owned by Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, Forrest Jr. and John. Mars was started by their grandfather Frank in the year 1911 in his own Tacoma, Washington kitchen. Frank’s son joined in 1929, when the firm invented the malt flavored nougat inside Snickers and Milky Way. During WW2, in the year 1941 M&M’s was started. The candies produced were exclusively sold to the militaries. M&M’s also produce Uncle Ben’s rice and pet food brands such as Whiskas and Pedigree. The company was inherited by the siblings in the year 1999 after their father, Forrest Sr. died. Jacqueline sits on the board of directors of National Sporting Library and Fine Art Museum, she is also the trustee of the U.S. Equestrian Team.
8 Maria Franca Fissolo
Maria Franca Fissolo is the wife of Late Michele Ferrero. Michele is the son of Pietro, the founder of Ferrero Group, which is one of the world’s leading sweet making companies. Pietro started the business in Alba, North Italy during WW2. He used to run a lab in Alba to supply products to his wife’s pastry shop. Pietro died in the year 1949, leaving the business in the hands of his brother which was later taken over by Michele. The company is best known for its products like Tic-Tac mints, Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread and Kinder chocolates. Michele Ferrero died in the year 2015. Now the company is managed by his son Giovanni and Pietro, who joined the business as CEO’s in 1987. They ran the company for more than 2 decades but Pietro died in the year 2011 in South Africa, during a bicycle training ride.
7 Susanne Klatten
Susanne ranks as Germany’s richest woman is known for keeping an extreme low profile. All thanks to the interest that she inherited from her departed parents, Herbert and Johanna Quandt in the automaker BMW. She and her brother, Stefan Quandt own around 50% of BMW. Susanne Klatten lives in Bad Homburg vor der Hoehe and has another house in Kitzbuehel, Austria. She is sometimes spotted at the Alpine Ski resort with her husband Jan, during winters. Klatten is a trained economist with an MBA. She is credited with helping transform Altana AG into a world class pharmaceutical and chemical corporation, based in the town of Wesel, Lower Rhine, Germany. Klatten inherited 50% of the company which is a phenomenal moneymaker and currently derives $2 billion from foreign customers in annual sales. After selling off the pharmaceutical business, Klatten received around $3 billion as special dividend in the year 2006. Susanne also holds stakes in the carbon graphite producer SGL Group, soil additive company Geohumus and wind power outfit Nordex AG.
6 Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs is the wife of Late Steve Jobs. She actually has a low profile but in 2015 she made a statement on ‘fiction’, on twitter regarding the movie ‘Steve Jobs’ based on her husband. Laurene is the founder and chairperson of Emerson Collective, an organization which uses entrepreneurship to progress social reforms. Laurene Powell Jobs made a $50 million commitment to ‘XQ: The Super School Project’, a countrywide contest that encourages participants to redevelop high school curriculum in the year 2015. She is one of the top donors to the Ready for Hillary Super PAC. In Disney the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust is the largest individual shareholder. It owns 7.8% of the company too. The Disney’s purchase of animation studio Pixar is the stem of stakes which was led by Steve Jobs himself in the year 2006.
5 Abigail Johnson
In 2014, she took over as the CEO of Fidelity. After replacing her father, Edward ‘Ned’ Johnson III she became the 3rd Johnson to manage and lead the company. The company was established by her grandfather Edward Johnson II in the year 1946. On the present day, Fidelity is considered and known as the nation’s second-largest mutual fund company with assets worth $2 trillion, under management after Vanguard. Abigail worked in Fidelity during the summers throughout her college life. rShe joined the company as a full time analyst in the year 1988 after receiving the MBA degree from Harvard University. She owns around 25% stakes in the company herself.
4 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken owns 25% stakes in Dutch brewer Heineken, which makes her one of the richest woman in the world. She inherited this wealth more than a decade ago from her father Freddy Heineken. After a year of exile from social involvements, she finally gave an account of the pressure and assuming her father’s role after his death in 2002 in a magazine interview in the year 2014. Heineken shored up a 73% holding in Jamaican brewer Desnoes & Geddes and bought a 50% stake in California craft brewer Lagunitas, which added the popular Red Stripe to its portfolio in 2015.
3 Iris Fontbona
The wife of Late Andrónico Luksic, Iris Fontbona was left with her 3 sons and the mining and beverage business of her husband, after his death due to cancer, in the year 2005. Iris and her sons, Guillermo, Jean- Paul and Andronico controlled the Antofagasta PLC which owns copper mines in Chile and also trades on London Stock Exchange. Guillermo died at the age of 57. The family also holds a major stake in Quiñenco. It is a publicly traded Chilean and conglomerated with beer, energy, transportation, banking, port services and manufacturing. Iris Fontbona donated a record $4.3 million to the annual Chilean Telethon in the year 2015.
2 Massimiliana Landini Aleotti
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti, the wife of Late Alberto Aleotti inherited the pharmaceutical giant Menarini from her late husband. She and her 3 children are now the owners of the company after the death of Alberto in the year 2014. Menarini is one of the top drug companies in Italy. It owns 14 manufacturing bases and has approximately 16000 employees. Alberto started working in Menarini in the year 1964 and expanded the business across international borders in during 1970 to 1980. Alberto bought the company from the owners, during early 90s. In the year 1992, Lucia, the elder daughter of Alberto joined the company. In 2011, when Alberto’s health deteriorated the company was handed over to Lucia who became chairman of the company. Alberto Aleotti’s son Alberto Giovanni became the vice chairman of the company.
1 Blair Parry-Okeden
Blair Parry-Okeden inherited a quarter of Cox Enterprises, one of America’s biggest media conglomerates. She is the richest person of Australia. Blair’s grandfather, James M. Cox, failed Democratic presidential candidate in 1920 and the governor of Ohio (twice) started this firm. After her grandfather’s death, the company was handled by her step father for few years. Now the massive firm is managed by her brother Jim who himself is a billionaire in his own right. She doesn’t have much to do with the official works, just like her mother, Barbara Cox Anthony. She now lives in Scone, a small town in the rural part of Australia. Her low profile life broke its secrecy after the death of her mother in the year 2007, which made her a billionaire like her brother.