Top 10 Richest Women in the World for 2020

Published March 30th, 2020 - 06:13 GMT

Because the spotlights tend to focus on the richest men in the world only, few of us are familiar with the list of the richest women.
On Equal Pay Day, we want to shed the light on the top 10 richest women in the world. 
Who are they? And how did they make their fortune?

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#1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3B)

#1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3B): She is the richest woman in the world and the granddaughter of L'Oreal's founder. Bettencourt Meyers has served on L'Oreal's board since 1997 and is chairwoman of the family holding company. Together, L'Oreal and Bettencourt Meyers' family foundation are donating $226 million to repair Notre Dame cathedral following the April 2019 fire. She became France's reigning L'Oreal Heiress in 2017.

#2 Alice Walton ($44.4B)

#2 Alice Walton ($44.4B): She is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. She has focused on curating art, rather than working for Walmart like her siblings. In 2011, she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown, Bentonville, Arkansas.

#3.  Jacqueline Mars ($23.9B)

#3. Jacqueline Mars ($23.9B): She owns an estimated one third of Mars, the world's largest candymaker. Mars was founded by Jacqueline's grandfather, Frank, in 1911. She is a well-known philanthropist, and serves on six boards including at the Smithsonian and the National Archives.

#4. Yang Huiyan ($22.1B)

#4. Yang Huiyan ($22.1B): Huiyan owns 57% of real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, a state largely transferred to her by her father Yeung Kwok Keung in 2007. Yang holds a degree from Ohio State University.

#5. Susanne Klatten ($21B)

#5. Susanne Klatten ($21B): Klatten owns 19.2% of automaker BMW. She's an economist with an M.B.A., and she helped transform her grandfather's Altana AG into a world-class pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation. She is the sole owner and deputy chairman of Atlana, which pulls in more than $2.5 billion in annual sales.

#6 Laurene Powell Jobs ($18.6B)

#6 Laurene Powell Jobs ($18.6B): Powell Jobs inherited billions of dollars of stock in Apple and Disney from her late husband, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. In 2017, she bought a minority stake in the parent of the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. In addition, she purchased stakes in several media outlets.

#7 Abigail Johnson ($15.6B)

#7 Abigail Johnson ($15.6B): Abigail has served as CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014, when she took over for her father, and as chairman since 2016. She owns an estimated 24.5% stake of Boston-based mutual fund giant, which has nearly $2.7 trillion in manages assets. Johnson has embraced cryptocurrencies and in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether.

#8.Iris Fontbona ($15.4B)

#8.Iris Fontbona ($15.4B): She is the widow of Andronico Luksic who built a fortune in mining and beverages before dying of cancer in 2005. Fontbona and her children control Antofagasta Plc, which owns copper mines in Chile and trades on the London Stock Exchange.

#9. Gina Rinehart ($15.2B)

#9. Gina Rinehart ($15.2B): She is Australia's richest citizen. She built her wealth on iron ore, an industry that continues to expand robustly. She is the daughter of high profile iron-ore explorer Lang Hancock, and she took her late father's bankrupted estate and rebuilt it into something much larger. The biggest piece of her fortune comes from the Roy Hill mining project, which started shipments to Asia in 2015.

#10 Kwong Siu-hing ($15.1B)

#10 Kwong Siu-hing ($15.1B): She is the widow of Sun Hung Kai Properties co-founder Kowk Tak-seng, who died in 1990. She served as the company's chairman from 2008 to 2011. She remains the biggest stockholder in Sun Hung Kai with 26.58% stake.

#1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3B)
#2 Alice Walton ($44.4B)
#3.  Jacqueline Mars ($23.9B)
#4. Yang Huiyan ($22.1B)
#5. Susanne Klatten ($21B)
#6 Laurene Powell Jobs ($18.6B)
#7 Abigail Johnson ($15.6B)
#8.Iris Fontbona ($15.4B)
#9. Gina Rinehart ($15.2B)
#10 Kwong Siu-hing ($15.1B)
#1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3B)
#1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($49.3B): She is the richest woman in the world and the granddaughter of L'Oreal's founder. Bettencourt Meyers has served on L'Oreal's board since 1997 and is chairwoman of the family holding company. Together, L'Oreal and Bettencourt Meyers' family foundation are donating $226 million to repair Notre Dame cathedral following the April 2019 fire. She became France's reigning L'Oreal Heiress in 2017.
#2 Alice Walton ($44.4B)
#2 Alice Walton ($44.4B): She is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. She has focused on curating art, rather than working for Walmart like her siblings. In 2011, she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown, Bentonville, Arkansas.
#3.  Jacqueline Mars ($23.9B)
#3. Jacqueline Mars ($23.9B): She owns an estimated one third of Mars, the world's largest candymaker. Mars was founded by Jacqueline's grandfather, Frank, in 1911. She is a well-known philanthropist, and serves on six boards including at the Smithsonian and the National Archives.
#4. Yang Huiyan ($22.1B)
#4. Yang Huiyan ($22.1B): Huiyan owns 57% of real estate developer Country Garden Holdings, a state largely transferred to her by her father Yeung Kwok Keung in 2007. Yang holds a degree from Ohio State University.
#5. Susanne Klatten ($21B)
#5. Susanne Klatten ($21B): Klatten owns 19.2% of automaker BMW. She's an economist with an M.B.A., and she helped transform her grandfather's Altana AG into a world-class pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation. She is the sole owner and deputy chairman of Atlana, which pulls in more than $2.5 billion in annual sales.
#6 Laurene Powell Jobs ($18.6B)
#6 Laurene Powell Jobs ($18.6B): Powell Jobs inherited billions of dollars of stock in Apple and Disney from her late husband, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. In 2017, she bought a minority stake in the parent of the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. In addition, she purchased stakes in several media outlets.
#7 Abigail Johnson ($15.6B)
#7 Abigail Johnson ($15.6B): Abigail has served as CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014, when she took over for her father, and as chairman since 2016. She owns an estimated 24.5% stake of Boston-based mutual fund giant, which has nearly $2.7 trillion in manages assets. Johnson has embraced cryptocurrencies and in 2018, Fidelity launched a platform that allows institutional investors to trade bitcoin and ether.
#8.Iris Fontbona ($15.4B)
#8.Iris Fontbona ($15.4B): She is the widow of Andronico Luksic who built a fortune in mining and beverages before dying of cancer in 2005. Fontbona and her children control Antofagasta Plc, which owns copper mines in Chile and trades on the London Stock Exchange.
#9. Gina Rinehart ($15.2B)
#9. Gina Rinehart ($15.2B): She is Australia's richest citizen. She built her wealth on iron ore, an industry that continues to expand robustly. She is the daughter of high profile iron-ore explorer Lang Hancock, and she took her late father's bankrupted estate and rebuilt it into something much larger. The biggest piece of her fortune comes from the Roy Hill mining project, which started shipments to Asia in 2015.
#10 Kwong Siu-hing ($15.1B)
#10 Kwong Siu-hing ($15.1B): She is the widow of Sun Hung Kai Properties co-founder Kowk Tak-seng, who died in 1990. She served as the company's chairman from 2008 to 2011. She remains the biggest stockholder in Sun Hung Kai with 26.58% stake.

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