The Richest Women In The World. How Did They Make The Fortune?

More and more women are involved in large-scale businesses. They are smart, inspired managers and some of them are fabulously rich. The 10 richest women in the world in 2022 are:

1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers: $75.3 billion
2. Alice Walton: $65.1 billion
3. Julia Koch: $57.9 billion
4. MacKenzie Scott: $38.6 billion
5. Jacqueline Mars: $37.4 billion
6. Gina Rinehart: $28.8 billion
7. Miriam Adelson: $28.1 billion
8. Susanne Klatten: $22.1 billion 1
9. Iris Fontbona: $17.7 billion
10. Laurene Powell Jobs: $15.4 billion

Who Are The 10 Richest Women In The World?

The richest women in the world run successful businesses or inherited brands that increase in value every year. Some of them own real empires in the field of fashion and luxury products, in the field of pharmaceuticals, in real estate, or in the IT industry.

The fields in which women impress with their leadership skills and make profits are so vast...

1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers: $75.3 billion

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of L'Oreal, became France's reigning L'Oreal heiress in 2017 when her mother Liliane Bettencourt died at age 94.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and her family own 33% of the famous L`Oreal company stock.  Her fortune is estimated at 75.3 billion dollars, according to the latest top made by Forbes. However, Bloomberg Top claims that Bettencourt could be worth nearly $95 billion.

Francoise is married to the son of a rabbi and has two children. Besides being the richest woman in the world, she is a writer, a pianist, and a great philanthropist.

Her fortune continued to grow despite the numerous economic problems caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

2. Alice Walton: $65.1 billion

Alice Walton (age 72) is the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. She has a fortune of 65.1 billion dollars and is considered the second richest woman after the French Bettencourt.

Alice Walton holds a BA in Economics, founded an investment bank in Arkansas, and loves art and horses.

She spends some of her fortune collecting art and in 2011 she opened a $50 million art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walton has also owned two Texas ranches and spent years breeding horses.

3. Julia Koch: $57.9 billion

Julia Koch, 60, is the third richest woman with a fortune of $57.9 billion. She is a philanthropist who inherited her wealth from her husband David Koch, who passed away in 2019.

She and her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries. Born in Iowa, Julia moved to New York in the 1980s and worked as an assistant to fashion designer Adolfo. In her youth, she was a model and was involved in her parents' business, who owned clothing stores, from a young age.

Julia met her husband David Koch on a blind date where she left with a bad impression of him and vowed never to date David again. However, the two met again at a party in New York. She approached him after the latter had a near-death experience due to a plane crash. Five years later, the two got married. They had three children.

4. MacKenzie Scott: $38.6 billion

MacKenzie Scott is a philanthropist, author, and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to whom she was married for 25 years. They divorced in mid-2019 and she received a 25% stake in Amazon.

According to Forbes, in May 2019, shortly after she announced the terms of the divorce on Twitter, she signed the Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half of her wealth over the course of her lifetime.

In 2020 she announced over $5.8 billion in gifts to some 500 nonprofits; in June 2021, Scott said she gave another $2.74 billion to 286 groups.

5. Jacqueline Mars: $37.4 billion

Jacqueline Mars (82 years old) owns about a third of the shares of Mars Inc., the world's largest confectioner, a company founded by The McLean, Virginia-based closely held company that makes candy (M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way), chewing gum (Juicy Fruit, Orbit), pet chow (Pedigree, Whiskas) and packaged foods (Ben's Original, Suzi Wan).

She worked for the company for nearly 20 years and served on the board until 2016.

Jacqueline Mars has been married twice, with three children from her first marriage. In 2013, she caused a road accident that led to the death of one person and the miscarriage of a young woman who was in the car hit by Mars. Jacqueline suffered the consequences of the accident and pleaded guilty. He apparently fell asleep while she was driving.

6. Gina Rinehart: $28.8 billion

Gina Rinehart is the richest woman in Australia and one of the richest women in the world. She amassed a fabulous fortune by revitalizing her father's mining companies. Rinehart's billions come from mining iron ore in Australia, most of the contracts being signed with Chinese partners. Rinehart is now president of Hancock Prospecting.

7. Miriam Adelson: $28.1 billion

Miriam Adelson (age 76) was born in Israel, holds American and Israeli citizenship, and is the widow of billionaire Sheldon Adelson (deceased 2021). Her husband's fortune comes from Las Vegas Sands, the world's largest casino operator. She had a revenue of $4.2 billion in 2021. Her late husband Sheldon, who died in January 2021, was the founder and chairman of the group.

As GOP megadonors, Miriam and Sheldon Adelson donated $180 million to Republican campaigns and political action committees in 2020.

8. Susanne Klatten: $22.1 billion

Susanne Klatten (60) owns 19.1% of the BMW car company; her brother, Stefan Quandt, owns 23.6%. Their late mother, Johanna, was the third wife of legendary industrialist Herbert Quandt, who steered BMW into the luxury market. Susanne is also the owner of a German pharmaceutical company, Altana, inherited from her father. Susanna's name is often linked to the shameful history of the Quandt family who apparently collaborated with the Nazi regime during World War II and used slaves in the factories they owned.

9. Iris Fontbona: $17.7 billion

Iris Fontbona Gonzales is the richest woman in Chile and the third richest woman in Latin America. She is the widow of AndrĂłnico Luksic Abaroa, who built a fortune from mining and drinks before dying of cancer in 2005.

Fontbona and her children control Antofagasta, the Santiago-based mining company. Through the publicly-traded company Quiñenco, they control Banco de Chile, Madeco, a copper products manufacturer, the country's largest brewer CCU, and a shipping company, CSAV. CSAV is the world's 16th largest shipping company as measured by TEUs. In 2013, she controlled 65% of Antofagasta.

Following the death of her husband, "Fontbona managed to make their family business grow and reach its new heights of success".

She is also a great philanthropist.

10. Laurene Powell Jobs: $15.4 billion

Laurene Powell inherited billions of dollars of stock in Apple and Disney from her late husband, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.

According to Forbes, in 2017, she bought a minority stake in the parent of the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. She also acquired stakes in several media outlets, including a majority of The Atlantic magazine; in mid-2020 she severed ties with Pop-Up Magazine.

She launched the Emerson Collective Foundation, now called Waverley Street Foundation, in 2016 with a gift of $1.2 billion, much of it in Disney shares.

Laurene met Steve Jobs in 1989 when he was giving a speech at Stanford where she was a student. The young woman approached him without any hesitation and the two had a discussion on various topics for young investors.

It seems that the discussion fascinated Steve, and the beautiful blonde would become his wife in a year. Laurene has founded several companies and funds various youth and environmental institutions and organizations. In the US, she is among the richest women, but also among the most influential personalities.

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