Although there are no women in the Top 10 richest people in the world list, we can’t deny that women can not archive billionaire status in the 21st century.
Many women, including Emerson collective’s Laurene Powell Jobs and Abigail Johnson, are active agents of change in this list ranging from heirs to self-made millionaires.
Others like Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken work as guardians for their family and foster leadership for the next generation.
And then, there are Gina Rinehart & Jacqueline mars who, because of their management business skills, act as role models for women.
Regardless of their wealth, these women have a passion for the profession, a vision for the organization they support.
Here are the top 10 richest women in the world:
10. Kwong Siu-hing: $15.1 billion
She is Kwok Tak-Seng’s wife, who created Sun Hung properties (real estate company) in China.
She worked in 2008-2011 in the same organization as chairman.
Now, she controls the Sun Hung Kai Properties Group, Hong Kong’s best property developer as a shareholder.
By 2008, a family trust with approximately 41.53% of the shares effectively controls the firm SHK Properties, making her the company’s largest shareholder.
9. Gina Rinehart: $15.2 billion
Lang Hancock was the father of Gina Rinehart, who currently is the Chairman of the Company, Hancock Prospecting.
From our research, we should call her the richest self-made woman in the world.
Because Gina does not have a conventional heritage background or can be called an heiress because she is the one who has bravely taken on and rebuilt her father’s bankrupt iron-ore company.
Forbes declared Gina to be the world’s wealthiest woman in 2012, but this year in 2019 she is in 8th position.
Gina still has plans to expand her company and travels the world with her $80 million private jets she has no plans to stop.
8. Iris Fontbona: $15.4 billion
Iris Fontbona, the head of the richest family in Chile, inherited the Luksic Group in 2005, following the death of her husband Andronico Luksic.
Latter had developed a fortune in the mining of copper and beverages and had left the business to Jean-Paul, Andronico and Guillermo Luksic and Fontbona with three sons.
While Andronico is still the company’s face, the 76-year-old was recognized for expanding the business, including a major decision to buy a 70 percent stake in Chilean TV, Channel 13.
Banco de Chile, which is the second-largest bank in Chile, Compañía de las Cervecerías Unidas, remains as some of the group’s leading holdings.
She also controls the largest copper mines in the world under Antofagasta Holdings.
7. Abigail Johnson: $15.6 billion
Abigail is a famous American businessman and was born in December 1961.
She began her career as a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, a company founded by her grandfather, and is also a graduate from the Harvard Business School.
Upon entering the position of President and CEO status and having a company share of 49 percent in 2014, she became one of the world’s powerful women.
She was eventually appointed Chairman of the Group in 2016.
The same year, Forbes put her in 16th position and 34th place in 2014, ranking her that time among the as richest woman in the US.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs: $18.6 billion
Apple’s legacy has been taken up further by Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of late Apple founder Steve Jobs.
She started as a philanthropist and after her husband’s death, she gradually got the responsibility of taking care of the company.
She currently owns 38.5 million shares of Apple and a stake of 8% of Disney Company.
Powell also created a College Track company for its own reason, which trains students for high school and university graduations.
Furthermore, she is the founding member of the Emerson Collective, a resource bank that helps those interested in improving social and educational issues.
5. Susanne Klatten: $21 billion
Today, 56 years old, German-born businesswoman, mother of 3, & also one of the biggest shareholders in BMW, control over 19 percent of the world’s largest luxury car maker.
Yet Susanne is behind her brother Stefan Quandt in terms of shareholding, as he owns more than 23% of the firm.
As an entrepreneur, Susanne’s success does not rely on the main business of the family.
Over the years, she has concentrated on Altana AG, an internationally recognized pharmaceutical company founded by her grandfather.
To date, she is chairman and sole proprietor of Altana AG, which is said to generate $2.5 million annually in revenue.
4. Yang Huiyan: $22.1 billion
Yang Huiyan is the daughter of Yeung Kwok Keung, a self-made businessman who founded Country Garden Holdings, the construction developer of Guangdong, China.
At a tender age of 25, in 2007, when she inherited 70 percent of her father’s assets and became the richest person in China.
Now 37 in 2019, she still holds that title with 57% of the development company’s shares.
Yang also chairs the Bright Scholar Education Holdings, China’s largest global and bilingual K-12 school provider.
Together with her aunt Yang Meirong, she owns 92.59% of the education firm.
These assets together with her income put her among the richest women in the world in 2019.
3. Jacqueline Mars: $23.9 billion
Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of the biggest candymaker in the world Frank C. Mars and the successor of the company who holds around 30% of the stake in the company.
She began to work in the company as till 2001 Food product Group President & then serving as a member of boards till 2016.
Currently, the Chairman of the Board of Directors is her son, Stephen Badger.
Mars is also a renowned philanthropist who serves as President of the Mars Foundation and has made significant contributions to the Australian Outback doctors and National Symphony Orchestra.
She also sits on six boards, including the National Archives, and in the Smithsonian.
2. Alice Walton: $44.4 billion
She is the daughter of the late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores & only sister of American Businessmen John T. Walton, S. Robson Walton, and Jim Walton.
Alice Walton does not have a major role in the Walmart corporation unlike her brothers; Rather, she is a patron to artists as well as often involved in philanthropy.
She is also the founder and chairman of the Museum of American Art of Crystal Bridges, which she established in 2011.
In 2017, Walton created the Art Bridges non-profit foundation to expand the nation’s awareness of American modern art.
1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers: $49.3 billion
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers owns 33 percent of L’Oreal, the largest manufacturer of cosmetics worldwide.
Before that, her mother Liliane led the business until her death in 2017.
The L’Oreal corporation is a big brand that owns Garnier and Lancome brands.
She is also an accomplished writer as she wrote three novels, something based on the Greek God.
Françoise was already playing a major role in managing the fortune of her family as the head of his own investment firm and of the chairman of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation before they named her the holder of the $107.5 billion stakes in L’Oreal.
Nonetheless, it was not an easy task of handling her mother’s corporation.
But while the late Liliane Bettencourt was, before her death, the richest woman in the world, Francoise today holds the same spot as her mother before.
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world in 2019.
MacKenzie Bezos (ex-wife of Jeff Bezos) is not included because after Forbes released the 2019 rankings she gained her individual wealth of $37 billion.
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