Top Trending Forbes 16 Richest women in the world with exception of Billionaire Folorunsho Alakija

February 6, 2015 9:44 am
It’s a record year for women on the billionaires list.

1. Christy Walton $36.7 billion
Christy Walton got her fortune in 2005 when her husband died. Her
husband John Walton was one of the sons of Sam Walton (the founder of
Walmart). The entire Walton family is very wealthy but Christy Walton
also has investments in First Solar which have gone up 47% and places
her as the richest woman in the world.

2. Liliane Bettencourt $34.5 billion
Liliane Bettencourt is the principle shareholder of L’Oreal cosmetics.
Her father started the company and Lilliane worked as an apprentice with
the company at the age of 15. She inherited the company from her father
and maintained a majority stake even after the company went public.

3. Alice Walton $34.3 billion
Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton of Walmart. She is the
biggest philanthropist in her family She did not just inherit her
father’s fortune, she also made a name for herself working in the
financial industry. She also became a driving force behind the
construction of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

4. Jacqueline Badger Mars $20 billion
Jacqueline Badger Mars is the heiress to the Mars fortune. Mars is the
largest candy company in the world and Jacqueline shares the company
with her two brothers. She also earned a degree in Anthropology and had
three children. Today she is one of the richest women in the world.

5. Gina Rinehart $17.7 billion
This Australian gets her fortune from the iron ore and coal projects in
the western and northern parts of Australia. The iron and coal was
discovered by her father and she inherited her fortune to become one of
the richest women in the world. There is currently a trust battle
underway between Gina Rinehart and her children over control of the
family trust.

6. Suzanne Klatten $17.4 billion
Suzanne Klatten is the richest woman in Germany and is the majority
shareholder for Altana. Altana is a pharmaceutical and chemicals
manufacturer and during her time on the supervisory board, the company
has become a world class corporation. In 2006, the company sold its
pharmaceutical activities and in 2009 Suzanna bought nearly all the
shares of the remaining shares in Altana.

7. Abigail Johnson $17.3 billion
Abigail Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity
Investments. Her grandfather founded the company and her father is the
current chairman. Abigail earned her MBA from Harvard Business School
and worked her way up through Fidelity Investments. She started as an
analyst and portfolio manager.

8. Anne Cox Chambers $15.5 billion
Anne Cox Chambers is the heiress of Cox Enterprises a media empire that
was built by her father. However, the large corporation was not the only
ambition of Anne Cox Chambers. She was also an ambassador to Belgium
and director of the board of the Coca-Cola Company. Cox Enterprises owns
Cox Communications, several newspapers, television and radio stations,
and Manheim Auctions.

9. Laurene Powell Jobs $14 billion
Laurene Powell Jobs is the co-founder of Terravera which is a natural
food company. She also served on the board of directors of Achieva. In
2011, when her husband Steve Jobs passed away she gained a 7.3% stake in
the Walt Disney Company and 38.5 million shares of Apple, Inc. She is
ranked by Forbes at the 29th most powerful woman in the world due to her
political influence, her fortune and her philanthropy efforts

10. Johanna Quandt $12.8 billion
Johanna Quandt is a major shareholder in BMW and sat on the supervisory
board until 1997. She became the major shareholder after the death of
her husband Herbert Quandt who brought BMW back from bankruptcy. She
started out as a secretary in Herbert Quandt’s office before becoming
his personal assistant and then eventually becoming his wife.

11. Miuccia Prada $11.1 billion
Miuccia Prada is the entrepreneur and fashion designer behind the luxury
goods brand Prada. The company was founded by her grandfather Mario
Prada. She started working for the company in 1978 designing handbags.
She expanded her designs to ready wear clothes and a menswear line. In
1992 she created a Miu Miu line as a less expensive clothing option
based upon her very own wardrobe.

12. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken $10.4 billion
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is the executive director at Hieneken
Holdings NV. She inherited her fortune from her father in 2002 and
continues to run the company he founded. Heineken is the world’s third
largest brewer and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is one of Britain’s
richest women and the richest person with Dutch citizenship.

13. Elaine Marshall $8.8 billion
Elaine Marshall is one of the richest women in the United States and she
owes her fortune to her late husband. After his death he willed his
holdings in Koch Industries to his wife. Elaine Marshall currently
serves on the Koch Industries board. She keeps a private life and has
stated before that her net worth has been largely inflated.

14. Antonia Johnson $8.5 billion
Antonia is the chairman of the board for Axel Johnson AB in Sweden and
Axel Johnson Inc. in the United States. She is the fourth generation of
the family company The Axel Johnson Group which was founded in 1873. She
is the third richest person in Sweden and her wealth continues to grow.

15. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus $8.1 billion
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is chairman of the board of the Louis Dreyfus
Group. She took over for her husband following his death in 2009. She is
also the owner of Olympique de Marseille. She has made big changes to
her husband’s company that have only increased her wealth and the
strength of the company. 


16. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus

Net worth: $8.1 billion
Country: Switzerland
Chairman of the French
commodities behemoth Louis Dreyfus, Margarita Louis-Dreyfus took over
the company when her husband Robert died of leukemia in 2009. Dreyfus
and its rivals ADM, Bunge and Cargill are referred to as the “ABCD”
group of companies that control global flows of food commodities.


Famfa oil chairman Mrs Folorunsho Alakija may be worth over $7 billion
and may be the richest or second richest woman in Africa but it wasn’t
enough to put her among Forbes List of Richest Women in the world – at
least in the top 15. In fact no black woman made this list.

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