Are you guys interested to know who are the top richest women in the world? We are here to share details about the world’s 20 richest women.
Top 20 Richest Women in the World
These are the top 20 richest women in the world:
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman on planet Earth. She is a French billionaire heiress who got most of her fortune through inheritance when her mother, Liliane Bettencourt passed away in 2017. She is the only daughter and now her family holds a 33% stake in cosmetics giant L’Oreal which was founded by her grandfather Eugene Schueller.
She is presently the chairwoman of the world’s largest cosmetics company, L’Oreal which is listed on France stock exchange and component of the CAC 40 index.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers estimated net worth is $92.2 billion as of June 2021. Since 1997, she is one of the board members of L’Oreal.
2. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the second richest woman in the world with an estimated net worth of $61 billion. Born in 1949, she is the daughter of Sam Walton who was the founder of Walmart Inc. Walmart is an American company running a chain of hypermarkets, grocery stores. She is the heiress to the Walmart fortune.
She was born in Arkansas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Trinity College. After completion of graduation, she joined Walmart. In the year 1988, she also founded the Llama Company which was not successful and was closed later in the late 1990s.
She played a critical role in the development of Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport which was opened to the public in 1998. To recognize her contribution, the Airport Authority has named the terminal “Alice L. Walton Terminal Building”.
3. MacKenzie Scott
MacKenzie Scott was shot to the limelight when the news of divorce with Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon Inc was announced. She was formerly known as MacKenzie Bezos. After their divorce in 2019, MacKenzie received shares of Amazon as part of a settlement which is estimated to be worth about $35 billion.
Born in 1970 in San Francisco in the USA, post completion of school she passed out from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She met Jeff Bezos when she was working for a hedge fund company. MacKenzie and Jeff married in 1993 and were involved with Amazon when the company was set up initially.
MacKenzie Scott’s net worth is approximately $62.7 Billion as of 2021. She recently remarried to science teacher Dan Jewett.
4. Julia Koch
Julia Flesher Koch is an American billionaire and Philanthropist married to late industrialist David Koch, who was co-owner of Koch Industries. Julia Koch and family holds a 42% share in the family business, Koch Industries, after the death of David in 2019.
Koch Industries is a privately held company with a turnover of $115 billion which is involved in multiple industries ranging from Chemicals, Energy, Refining, Fiber, Finance, and many other verticals.
Julia was born in 1962. She was working as a model and later in fashion designing after completion of her graduation. She first met David in 1991 and got married in 1996. She is a board member of Koch Industries with a net worth of approximately $46.4 Billion and tries to stay away from the media limelight.
5. Miriam Adelson
Adelson is the richest Israeli and fifth richest woman in the world. She holds a majority stake of 56% in Las Vegas Sands which is a casino operator which was earlier held by her husband who passed away recently in Jan 2021. Her estimated net worth is $32.4 Billion.
Miriam was born in Tel-Aviv in 1945 and completed her graduation in science with a specialization in Microbiology and Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In the year 1991, she married American business tycoon Sheldon Adelson and moved to settle in America. She is a strong supporter of Israel and a vocal supporter of Donald Trump and gave the largest donation during his run-up for presidential elections in 2016.
6. Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars and her brother John own a 33% stake each in American chocolate and Candy manufacturing company Mars Incorporated. Frank C. Mars, her grandfather founded the company in 1911 which is privately held with revenue of $40 billion.
Born in 1939, Jacqueline completed her graduation with a degree in anthropology. She joined Mars Inc. as food product group president in 1982 and she was associated with the company till 2001 when she retired. Her estimated net worth is $31.3 billion and is the sixth richest woman in the world.
7. Yang Huiyan
Yang Huiyan is a Chinese property developer who is the seventh-largest businesswoman in the world and also Asia’s richest young woman. She holds about a 58% stake in Country Garden holdings which is a property development company based out of Guangdong in China.
Country Garden was founded by her father Yang Guoquiang in 1997. He transferred almost 70% of the company shares to Yang Huiyan before the company went for Initial Public Offering in 2007 to raise $1.6 billion. Born in 1981, she completed her graduation from Ohio State University with a specialization in Arts/Science. She has a net worth of $29.6 billion as of 2021.
8. Susanne Klatten
Susanne is the richest German woman and the world’s eighth richest woman with an estimated net worth of $27.7 billion. Most of her wealth is inherited after her father’s death. Sussanne inherited a major controlling stake of 50.1% in Altana Company which was into the manufacturing of specialty chemicals and pharmaceuticals.
Her father, Herbert Quandt also left a 19.2% stake in Munich headquartered German Luxury carmaker BMW.
Born in 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany, she holds a degree in business finance and MBA in advertising from IMD Business School. She played a major role in the transformation of Altana AG into a world-class specialty chemicals company.
9. Gina Rinehart
Gina Rinehart is one of the wealthiest people in Australia and the Ninth richest woman in the world. She is the Executive Chairperson of Hancock Prospecting group, a privately owned mining and agriculture company holding a 76.6% stake. She inherited her wealth when her father passed away in 1992 who was the founder of the Hancock Prospecting group.
Born in the year 1954 in Perth, Western Australia, she was a dropout from the University of Sydney to assist her father where she was studying Economics. She gained in-depth knowledge of the iron ore industry and then rebuilt Hancock Company into one of the most successful profitable companies in Australia. At one point of time in 2013, she was listed as the 16th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Her net worth is $23.6 billion as of 2021.
10. Iris Fontbona
Iris Fontbona is Chile’s wealthiest person and the tenth richest woman in the world. Fontbona and her family hold’s majority stake of 65% in Antofagasta plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
After her husband Andrónico Luksic Abaroa’s demise due to cancer, she inherited most of her wealth in 2005. Her estimated net worth is $23.3 billion. Antofagasta is a Santiago, Chile-based copper mining company that is also involved in the transport industry with a revenue of $5.1 billion in 2020. Fontbona also owns a major stake in Quiñenco which is Chile’s largest business conglomerate which is into many verticals like Food & Beverage, Financial services, etc.
Fontbona was born in 1940 and married Andrónico in 1960. She maintains a very low profile and hesitant to give any interviews. She is devout Roman Catholic.
11. Zhong Huijuan
Zhong is the world’s self-made richest woman hailing from China. She is CEO & chairperson for Hansoh Pharmaceutical company headquartered in Lianyungang. The company is specialized in oncology, psychoactive, anti-diabetic, and other drugs. She is also the founder of the company holding a majority stake of 66%. Her net worth is around $18.9 billion.
She was born in the year 1961 in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province. She did her graduation in Chemistry in the year 1982. Post her education, she started her career working as a Chemistry teacher in a school.
She is settled in Shanghai and married to Sun Piaoyang who is chairman of Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine, a Chinese pharmaceutical company.
12. Wu Yajun
Wu Yajun is a Chinese billionaire and co-founder & CEO of Longfor Properties which is a real estate development company based in Hong Kong. She along with her ex-husband co-founded the company in the year 1993. As of 2021, her net worth is $17.9 billion
She was born in the year 1964 in Chongqing. Wu did graduation in navigation engineering in 1984. Before starting her career in the real estate field she worked as Journalist and editor for 5 years in a news agency that was controlled by the local municipal government.
When the real estate market was booming she once held the position of the richest woman in China in 2012.
13. Fan Hongwei
Fan Hongwei is a Chinese billionaire and CEO of Hengli Petrochemical company which is listed on the Shanghai stock exchange. The company generates the bulk of its revenue from refining petroleum and Manufacturing chemical fibers.
It has an interest in Polyester, Chips, and filaments, and real estate as well. Her billionaire husband Chen Jianhua is the director of Hengli Group.
Fan Hongwei was born in 1967 in Jiangsu Province, China. She began her career as an accountant and holds a 45% share in the company which is worth $16.4 billion as of 2021.
14. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch billionaire who inherited a 25% controlling stake in Heineken International Company when her father died in 2002. Heineken is the world’s second-largest company that produces beer and Europe’s number one brewer.
Born in 1954, she is now Netherlands’ richest person and executive director in the company. She married a banker, Michel de Carvalho in the year 1983. Her net worth is $16.1 billion.
15. Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson hails from America and she is CEO and Chairman of Fidelity Investments. Fidelity investments is an American investment company that was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II.
Her net worth is close to $15 billion and she was ranked seventh in 2019 when Forbes issued a list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. 49% of Fidelity company shares are held by her.
She was born in 1961. After completion of her bachelor’s degree in Arts, she went to Harvard Business School for MBA in 1988. Post her MBA she joined as Analyst and Portfolio Manager in Fidelity Investments. She is married to Christopher McKown.
16. Beate Heister
Beate Heister is a German businesswoman who inherited her wealth from her father Karl Albrecht. Her father founded the German discount grocery store chain, Aldi. Aldi has a chain of more than 10,000 stores in 20 different countries with annual sales of $91.9 billion. Her father was the richest person in Germany for many years.
Born in 1951, she is married to Peter Heister and her fortune is worth $13.7 billion as of 2021.
17. Kirsten Rausing
Kirsten Rausing is a Swedish billionaire businesswoman and Philanthropist. She owns a 33% stake in Tetra Laval holding company. The Tetra Laval Group specializes in packaging, processing, and distribution solutions for FMCG and many other industries.
She is a board member of the company with an estimated net worth of $13.2 billion.
Rausing was born in the year 1952 in Lund, Sweden. She lives in the UK and is not married yet. Rausing is one of the wealthiest people in the UK.
18. Wang Laichun
Wang Laichun is a Chinese self-made billionaire businesswoman and is chairperson of the Luxshare Precision Industry. Her company which is an electronics manufacturer counts Apple as one of its esteemed customers and it also produces electronics connectors.
Laichun has more than 10 years of work experience in the electronics precision industry. Later she decided to leave and collaborate with her brother to buy Luxshare in 2004.
Wang Laichun’s net worth is approximately $12.7 billion as of 2021
19. Savitri Jindal
Savitri Jindal is from India and she is chairman Emeritus of OP Jindal group. She is the richest woman in India with an estimated net worth of $11.5 billion.
Born in Assam in 1950, She got married in 1970 to Om Prakash Jindal, popularly known as O.P. Jindal who was the founder of the Jindal group. Jindal group has a business interest in Steel, Power, Mining, Oil, and Gas. After her husband’s sudden demise in a helicopter crash, she not only inherited his business but also his political legacy.
She served as a member of the legislative assembly for the state of Haryana from 2005 to 2014. She was also a minister in the state government. Jindal Steel, the Subsidiary company of Jindal group is India’s largest private sector steel company managed by her son Sajjan Jindal.
20. Marijke Mars
Marijke Mars belongs to the Mars family and she inherited around 8% stake in Mars Inc. along with her other sisters in 2016 when her father passed away. Mars Inc is an American company that is into manufacturing confectionery, Pet food, etc.
As per Forbes, the estimated value of her shares in Mars Inc is $11.1 billion.
So this was the list of the top 20 richest women in 2021.