In a world dominated by men, there are a handful of women who have been able to break the stereotype. When you think of billionaires, men mostly rule the list. From Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk’s race to the top to Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates’ declining statues, everyone is mostly focused on men. But what about the richest women in the world?
Here are the names of the top 5 richest women in the world, the companies they own, and their total net worth.
Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers ($ 45.2 billion)
French entrepreneur who took over L’Oréal shares in 2017. Françoise is the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt, a renowned entrepreneur and co-founder of L’Oréal.
The company was founded by Eugene Schuler, Françoise’s grandfather, back in 1909. Today L’Oreal owns such famous brands as Garnier, Lancome, and others.
Despite the fact that until the fall of 2017, Liliane Bettencourt was the owner of L’Oreal, since 2011 Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer manages the company, along with her two sons.
Alice Walton ($ 44.6 billion)
Alice is the daughter of Sam Walton and the founder of Walmart. This company controls the world’s largest retail and wholesale network.
Alice Walton is also the curator and founder of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Jacqueline Mars ($ 23.9 billion)
Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of Frank K. Mars, founder of the renowned confectionery company Mars Incorporated. Today the company owns the brands M & M’s, Milky Way, Uncle Ben’s, and Whiskas. Jacqueline only started her business in 1982. Prior to that, she was involved in marketing and led to the launch of new products.
Analysts estimate that she owns about a third of the company where she worked for almost 20 years. Jacqueline retired in 2001 but still serves on the boards of several organizations.
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Suzanne Klatten ($ 20.8 billion)
Susanne Klatten is the richest woman in Germany. She inherited most of the money from her father, who left her 50.1% of the shares of the pharmaceutical company Altana and 12.5% of the shares of the BMW auto concern.
In addition, Klatten owns stakes in Nordex (wind power), Geohumus (soil improvers), SGL Group (graphite and carbon production) and controls the investment company SKion Holding Group.
Yang Huiyan ($ 18.6 billion)
Yang Huiyan owns 57% of Country Garden Holdings and is Asia’s richest woman. She inherited most of the shares from her father in 2007.
Yang also heads the education company Bright Scholar Education Holdings.
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