By Tamara Frittella and Stephen Loke March 3 2014
Wealthy women are dominating our world! There are currently 138 female billionaires from around the globe. Some have worked hard to earn every cent, and others were effortlessly born into a life of riches. Unfortunately the self made billionaires don’t make the top 10 list, which is solely occupied by those who inherited their fortunes. Many of these heiresses are nonetheless hardcore business women. Let’s take a look at who they are and how they landed with the title of “female billionaire”.
Liliane Bettencourt (France)
Liliane Bettencourt is presently ranked the richest woman in the world. This French 90 year old was the only daughter of Louise Berthe and Eugène Schueller, who were the founders of L’Oréal. She inherited her fortune in 1957 after the death of her father. Her net worth is a whopping $30 billion!
Christy and Alice Walton (USA)
Can you take a good guess who Christy and Alice Walton are? They are sister-in-laws and the co-inheritors of the Wal-mart fortune. They are worth an amazing $28.2 and $26.3 billion respectively. They come in at 2nd and 3rd place for the wealthiest women alive, but we’ll group them together since they inherited from the same pot of money.
Iris Fontbona (Chile)
Iris Fontbona of Chile, is the widow of the late Andrónico Luksic. He was a renowned businessman who founded the Luksic Group. They were involved in a number of industries including mining and finance. Luksic died in 2005 and left his fortune to his wife Iris, who then became one of the world’s wealthiest women. Her net worth is around $17.4 billion.
Gina Rinehart (Australia)
Gina Rinehart, aged 60, and worth $17 billion, is the daughter of the late Australian mining magnate, Lang Hancock. When he passed away in 1992, Gina was convinced that her stepmother played a role in hastening his heart disease and ultimately causing his death. Gina inherited her father’s fortune, and currently chairs Hancock Prospecting.
Jacqueline Mars (USA)
Jacqueline Mars’ grandfather, Frank C Mars, was the founder of the famous Mars Incorporated candy company. She is currently worth about $17 billion.
Susanne Klatten (Germany)
Susanne Klatten, a 51 year old German, inherited half of her father’s fortune. Her father, Herbert Quandt, owned Altana, a large pharmaceutical manufacturing company. She has since then bought out almost all of Altana’s shares. She has a net worth of $14.3 billion.
Abigail Johnson (USA)
52 year old American business woman, Abigail Johnson, has a net worth of $12.7 billion. She is one of the heirs of Fidelity Investments.
Miuccia Prada (Italy)
The Italian Miuccia Prada, is a fashion designer who followed in her grandfather, Mario’s footsteps. Mario Prada was the founder of Prada, and in 1978, 20 years after his death, Miuccia and her husband took over Prada completely. She is also the founder of Miu Miu, a women’s clothing and accessory line. The 65 year old is worth $12.4 billion.
Anne Cox Chambers (USA)
Anne Cox Chambers, the 94 year old American, is the heiress of the well known media empire, Cox Enterprises. She has a net worth of $12 billion.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (Netherlands)
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken from the Netherlands, is the daughter of the late Franky Heineken. She inherited the Heineken International brewer and its fortune in 2002. She has a net worth of $11 billion! Let’s drink to that!
It looks like the top 10 richest women in the world all inherited their enormous wealth. What do you think? Are woman less capable of making their own fortune or are they smarter because they have a rich dad or married a rich guy? I guess most of us would say why work so hard when you can just marry into wealth. Well, this domain is only for the fortunate few, so time to wake up and work hard.
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