With the quickening pace of financial news in today’s fast-moving business sphere, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of the financial front runners. What’s more, it has become all-too apparent that we hear far too much about wealthy men and not enough about women who top the list of the world’s wealthiest people.
So, without further ado, here is a list of some of the world’s most wealthy women.
6. Gina Rinehart
Gina Rinehart is the heiress to her father’s mineral extraction fortune from the company Hancock Prospecting. Rinehart has gone on to become the Executive Chairman of Hancock Prospecting and has a net worth of approximately $13.1 billion, according to Forbes. Along with her role in the mining business, Rinehart has made investments in media companies and has purchased a number of cattle stations.
5. Yang Huiyan
As the richest women in Asia, Yang Huiyan is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings, a property development company owned by her family. She has made strides as the vice-chairman of the company’s governance committee and has raised hundreds of millions through selling new shares. As of September 2020, her net worth was set at $27.8 billion.
4. Jacqueline Mars
Granddaughter to confectionary giant Mars’ founder, Jaqueline Mars owns a third of the company. She was once active within the company, acting as Food Product Group President until 2001 when she retired. She could be described as a philanthropist, and an avid enthusiast of heritage and culture, as Mars has been the recipient of the inaugural Foundation for the National Archives’ Heritage Award. As of January 2021, her net worth sits at around $28.9 billion.
3. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the heiress to the supermarket franchise Walmart’s fortune and so certainly belongs on this list with a net worth surpassing $50 billion. Although she doesn’t have a direct role within Walmart as a business entity, Walton has done substantial work within her family’s foundation, issuing hundreds of millions of dollars to aid school renovations and investments.
2. MacKenzie Scott
MacKenzie Scott is a novelist and a philanthropist, and her net worth sits at around $56.3 billion. As the ex-wife to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, she acquired 25% of Amazon’s stakes when they divorces in 2019. She is particularly notable for her pledge to donate half of her wealth to charity, and has written two novels, the first of which won an American Book Award in 2006.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Known for her role within L’Oreal, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers certainly belongs on this list. As the heiress to her mother Liliane Bettencourt’s fortune, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers acts as the chairperson of the huge cosmetics company. After the massive fire damage that occurred to Notre-Dame de Paris in 2019, Bettencourt Meyers and L’Oreal donated a whopping $226 million to contribute to repairs. As of 2021, she is worth around $75.9 billion dollars.