Top 20 Richest Female Billionaires In The World 2023 - Updated
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Over the past few years, the world has seen a lot more mega-rich females on their entrepreneurial journeys, and according to Forbes, we now have 241 new female faces added to the World Billionaire List. In this article you will find the list of 20 richest female billionaires in the world with their updated net worth.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family: $72.8 billion
The wealthiest woman in the world is a French entrepreneur and billionaire heiress, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. She is a member of the Bettencourt family. In addition to those things, she is a talented writer, musician, and philanthropist, and her net worth is 72.8 billion US dollars. Her grandfather, Eugène Schueller, was the founder of L’Oréal, a French corporation specializing in personal care products. She inherited this enormous wealth from her grandpa.
2. Alice Walton: $58.6 billion
Being the heiress to Walmart Inc., an American global retail firm that runs a network of supermarkets, cheap department stores, and grocery shops, was the primary source of Alice Louise Walton’s enormous wealth. Walmart Inc. is headquartered in the USA. She is the second richest woman in the world.
3. Julia Koch & Family: $58.2 billion
Julia Koch inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries along with her three children after her husband, David Koch died. Throughout her own personal career, Julia worked as an assistant to fashion designer Adolfo, where she assisted many high-profile clients, including First Lady Nancy Reagan. Both Julia and David donated $10 million to Mount Sinai Medical Center and $10 million to Stanford Children's Hospital to study food allergies.
4. Jacqueline Mars: $38.7 billion
Jacqueline Mars literally lives the sweet life as an heiress to the world’s biggest confectioner, Mars Inc. Currently, she owns approximately one-third of the company, which is the same as what her brother owns. Other than being an heir to the world-famous candy corporation, Mars is also an active philanthropist and owner of some of the top eventing horses in the United States.
5. Miriam Adelson & family: $31.5 billion
Miriam Adelson is a physician and the current publisher of the Israeli daily Israel Hayom. She is of Israeli and American descent. She was honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2008, the same year she shared the award with her husband. Additionally, she was awarded honorary citizenship of Jerusalem in the year 2013.
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6. Gina Rinehart: $28.0 billion
Gina Rinehart is another mining magnate. Her main business is the iron-ore mining corporation that was originally established by her father, Lang Hancock. Gina, however, neither has the conventional heiress story, nor does she want to be called an heiress—she is not one because did not inherit her father’s wealth, only his burdens.
When her father passed away in 1992, Gina was left with a business that was on the verge of bankruptcy, but which fate she managed to turn around successfully. To her and to those who know her and her story, Gina is a self-made billionaire who made the best out of the terrible financial situation she was forced to deal with. Twenty years after the time she took over Hancock Prospecting, Gina was declared as the world’s richest woman in the world (2012) but has to settle at ninth this year. She still has no plans of stopping soon as she continues to expand her business and travel the world in her $80 million private jet.
7. Susanne Klatten: $25.2 billion
The 56-year-old, German-born businesswoman and mother of three currently owns more than 19% of the world’s largest maker of luxury automobiles, BMW, which also owns the Mini Cooper marquee and the Rolls-Royce brand. Susanne, however, is only the second biggest shareholder next to her brother, Stefan Quandt, who owns more than 23% of the company.
Susanne’s success as an entrepreneur is not reliant on the family’s main business. Over the years, her focus has been on Altana AG, a pharmaceutical company founded by her grandfather, which she has propelled to world-class status. To this day, she remains as the chairman and sole owner of Altana AG, which reportedly earns $2.5 million a year in sales.
8. Mackenzie Scott: $24.9 billion
After announcing her divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019, MacKenzie received a 25% stake of Amazon – and immediately started planning how to help others, by giving her fortune away.
MacKenzie employs a ‘no strings attached’ giving style, which grants non-profits complete control over how the donated money is spent. She once said: “I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”
9. Iris Fontbona & family: $22.4 billion
As the queen of Chile’s mining industry and the matriarch of the country’s richest family, majority of Iris Fontbona’s wealth comes from Antofagasta, the copper mining company she inherited from her late husband, Andronico Luksic, who also founded what has become one of the world’s largest copper mining businesses. Mining, however, is not the only industry Iris has control over; she is also responsible for the other large businesses under the Luksic Group, which include banking, brewery, and a shipping company.
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10. Abigail Johnson: $20.1 billion
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Abigail Johnson broke traditions as she became the most powerful woman in the field of finance after taking over the chairperson position of Fidelity Investments, one of the top three financial services companies in the United States.
Inheriting a fortune worth trillions of dollars in asset, however, is not a breeze, especially for Abby who had to penetrate what is typically a male-dominated industry and make a name for herself, which she did. Not only does Abby’s success serve as a proof that a woman can hold her own in a man’s world, she also uses her position to bring more women into finance and investment management business by encouraging them to take part in the industry and by making her company a welcoming place for women who wants to have a flourishing career in the finance industry.
11. Savitri Jindal & family: $18.2 billion
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Savitri Jindal, chairperson of the Jindal Group, became the richest woman in India, according to the Forbes India Rich List 2022, with a net worth of $18.2 billion. Born in Tinsukia town in the Indian state of Assam in 1950, Savitri was married to O.P. Jindal, who founded the Jindal Group in 1952 as a manufacturer of buckets. Since then, the company has grown to be one of India’s leading conglomerates.
Jindal is known as a woman with simple needs, whose life was pushed into the public eye after her husband passed away. She is mother to nine children and four of her sons now run the Jindal empire, according to Forbes. She prefers to keep a low profile, per The Times of India.
12. Renata Kellnerova & family: $16.4 billion
Renata Kellnerova is the widow of Petr Kellner, the former richest person in the Czech Republic, who died in March 2021 at age 56.
Kellner died in a helicopter crash in Alaska during a heliskiing trip.
Kellnerova and her four children control PFF Group, the $44 billion (assets) conglomerate with interests in financial services, telecommunications, media and real estate.
She chairs The Kellner Family Foundation, which focuses on education.
13. Charlen de Carvalho-Heineken & family: $15.6 billion
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch billionaire businesswoman, and the owner of a 25% controlling interest in the world's second-largest brewer, Heineken N.V. She is the richest person in the Netherlands.
14. Kwong siu-hing: $14.9 billion
Kwong Siu-hing is the widow of Sun Hung Kai Properties co-founder Kwok Tak-seng, who died in 1990.
She served as the company's chairman from 2008 to 2011 after her eldest son, Walter, was ousted in a feud with her two other sons Thomas and Raymond.
She remains the biggest shareholder in Sun Hung Kai.
Raymond has been the sole chairman since Thomas was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 2014 for bribery; he was released in 2019. Walter died in 2018.
15. Diane Hendricks: $12.5 billion
Diane Hendricks was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin. She was the daughter of simple dairy farmers. In a previous interview, Diane described her experience growing up on a farm. She said that watching her parents work on their dairy farm helped establish her work ethic. Diane got pregnant at 17 while she was still a senior in high school. At 21 years old, Diane divorced her husband and persevered as a single mom. She worked odd jobs for a while before pursuing a real estate license.
16. Laurene Powell Jobs & family: $11.2 billion
The widow of Steve Jobs currently boasts $11.2 billion in net worth. She gets her money from her late husband’s shares in Apple and Disney. Laurene is a famous philanthropist, an executive and the founder of Emerson Collective.
The story of her wealth is largely a well-known story of Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. Powell Jobs met him at an MBA lecture at Stanford. After two years of dating, they got married and had three children. The couple was inseparable since the first day they saw each other.
Laurene’s business efforts may not be as impressive as Apple’s success. Nevertheless, they reveal her life values.
17. Wu Yajun: $11.0 billion
Wu Yajun was named Hurun Richest Self-Made Women in the World in 2022 with an estimated net worth of 11 billion dollars.
The 2022 credit crisis in China and the declining state of property businesses, Wu Yajun reportedly lost about two-thirds of her property, bringing her net worth down to around 6.3 billion dollars.
It is reported that Wu Yajun lost about one billion dollar everyday during the credit crisis in China. The credit crisis is being considered one of the reason’s behind her resignation as many top businesspeople in China are quitting their positions.
18. Christy Walton: $10.5 billion
Christy Walton married into what is now the richest family in the world: Walmart's Walton clan.
She inherited a stake in the retailer when her husband, John Walton, died in a 2005 plane crash.
Christy received about one sixth of her husband's estate; her son, Lukas Walton, got about one third.
19. Yang Huiyan & family: $10.3 billion
Yang inherited her wealth when her father — Country Garden founder Yang Guoqiang — transferred his shares to her in 2005, according to state media.
She became Asia's richest woman two years later after the developer's initial public offering in Hong Kong.
20. Marijke Mars: $9.7 billion
Marijke Mars is an American billionaire heiress and businesswoman who has a net worth of $6 billion. Marijke Mars was born in 1965. She is best known for being a member of the Mars family. Marijke Mars is a fourth generation member of the family.
Her father was Forrest Mars Jr. and her three sisters are Pamela Mars-Wright, Valerie Mars, and Victoria B. Mars. In 2016 she inherited about 8% of Mars Inc. which made her a billionaire. Marijke Mars graduated from Duke University and was a regional manager for Kal Kan Foods which is a pet food company owned by Mars, Inc.
She later worked at Mars Food. Mars was founded in 1911 and posted a revenue of $35 billion in 2017. The company's products include 3 Musketeers, Dove, M&M's, Milky Way, Snickers, Twix, Uncle Ben's Rice, several pet products, and products manufactured by The Wrigley Company.
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