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Alice Walton is currently the richest woman in the world with a net-worth of $64.5 billion. Although she has no role in the company, her source of wealth comes from the shares that she owns of her family’s company Walmart.  Many other women have been listed new to the World’s billionaires listed by Forbes magazine. One of them is Julia Koch who came to the list of World’s Billionaire after she divorced Jeff Bezos in 2019  and as a settlement she took 25% of Bezos’s Amazon shares which is about 4% of the company. This year due to the pandemic a pharmaceutical company Hansoh Pharmaceutical founded by Zhong Huijuan was seen a raised in her wealth. She became a self made billionaire last year when her company went public. She is currently the second richest women in Asia, just after Yang Huiyan, a real estate businesswoman. This list vary on a daily basis when the stock market opens and settles after the stock market closes. So, the wealth of the billionaires may vary time to time. Here are the list of some of the other richest women in the world,
Name Net Worth Source of Income
1.       Alice Walton $64.5 B Walmart
2.       Francoise Bettencourt Meyers $63.5 B L’Oreal
3.       Mackenzie Scott $57.2 B Amazon
4.       Julia Koch $44.9 B Koch Industries
5.       Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr. $40.6 B Supermarket (Aldi)
6.       Jacqueline Mars $28.9 B Candy, Pet Food
7.       Yang Huiyan & Family $28.3 B Real Estate
8.       Susanne Klatten $23.4 B BMW, Pharmaceuticals
9.       Zhong Huijuan $19.5 B Pharmaceuticals
10.   Laurene Powell Jobs $18.5 B Apple, Disney
 
  The above listed are the top 10 richest women in the world according to Forbes magazine and their net-worth.  

Also read: 10 richest men in the world in 2020

Top 10 Richest Women in the world:

1.     Alice Walton

            (Net-Worth: $64.5 B)

richest woman in the world Alice Walton is the heiress and the only daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart and Sam’s club. Although she has no role in the company but she owns the shares of Walmart and currently she has a net worth of $64.5 billion. Walton was born on October 7, 1949 in Newport, Arkansas, U.S and graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. She worked as an equity analyst and money manager in First Commerce Corporation during her initial days after graduation. She also worked as a broker for EF Hutton and soon after in 1988, started her own company named Llama Company which was an investment company. But the company didn’t last long and soon in late 1990’s the Llama Company closed down and she moved to Millsap, Texas. Walton was an avid art lover because of which she founded the Crystal Bridges Museum of American art in Bentonville, Arkansas. According to Forbes magazine, her fortune has increased to 23% last year making her the richest woman in the world.  

2.     Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

            (Net-Worth: $63.5 B)

richest woman in the world Francoise is the granddaughter of Eugene Schueller, founder of L’Oreal and she is the only daughter of Lilliane Bettencourt, who was the heiress of Eugene. Her mother owned 30.5% shares of L’Oreal and 12.56% shares were in trust for her daughter. After her dead Francoise became the heiress of her family’s wealth and she took over the shares that her mother left for her. Bettencourt was born on 10 July, 1953 in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France and is currently working as the chairman at her family’s company. She is currently the second richest woman in the world with a net worth of $63.5 billion.  

3.     Mackenzie Scott

            (Net-Worth: $57.2 B)

richest woman in the world   Mackenzie Scott is a philanthropist, a writer and the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin. Their divorce left Mackenzie with $38 billion making her one of the richest women in the world. She was declared as the 22nd richest person in the world in June 2020 by Forbes magazine. Mackenzie was brought up in San Francisco and she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University in 1992. After graduation she started working as an assistant at D.E Shaw where she met Jeff Bezos, who was working as the fourth senior Vice President, at D.E Shaw and in 1993 they both got married. The couple got divorced in 2019 where Mackenzie received a 25% of Amazon’s shares that Jeff Bezos had as a divorce settlement which was around $35 billion at that time. She is a well known philanthropist and has donated over billions of dollar to charitable causes and also she signed up for the Giving Pledge initiative, founded by Warren Buffett along with Bill Gates and Melina Gates.  

4.     Julia Koch

            (Net-Worth: $44.9 B)

richest woman in the world Julia Koch is a Philanthropist and the wife of late David Koch, former Executive Vice President and co-owner of Koch Industries. Julia became one of the richest women in the world after her husband’s death in 2019. David had 42% shares in Koch Industries and after his death, Julia and their children inherited the wealth. She was born on 1963 in Indianola, Iowa, U.S and she graduated from University of Central Arkansas in Conway. After graduation, she started working as an assistant for fashion designer Adolfo and during that time she went on a blind date where she met David Koch. The couple got married in 1996 and they have three children. Recently Forbes magazine listed Julia Koch as the 4th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $44.9 billion.  

5.     Beate Heister & Karl Albrecht Jr.

            (Net-Worth: $40.6 B)

richest woman in the world Beate Heister is the heiress to the property of her father’s Supermarket chain company Aldi. Her father Karl Albrecht Sr. together with his brother Theo Sr. started the supermarket chain company Aldi after they took over their family’s grocery store in Essen, Germany. Their company was based on low price food chain which provided discounts to every items on their supermarket store which is similar to Walmart. Both the brother splitted the ownership of the company and Karl Sr. took the rights of the Aldi brand in U.K, Australia and U.S and the stores that are in southern Germany while his brother took the stores available in rest of Europe and the northern part of Germany. Beate Heister was born on 5th October, 1951 in Essen, Germany and she is currently the 5th richest woman in the world together with her brother Karl Jr. with a net worth of $40.6 billion.

6.     Jacqueline Mars

            (Net-Worth: $28.9 B)

  Jacqueline Mars is the heiress of Mars, Inc., founded by her grandfather Frank C. Mars which is Candy Company. She is the daughter of Forrest Mars, who is known for introducing Milky Way, M&M’s and Mars chocolate candy bars. Mars was working as the Food Product Group President at Mars, Inc. for almost 20 years till 2001 and had been on the board of the company until 2016. She was born on October 10, 1939 and she graduated from Bryn Mawr college with a degree in Anthropology. Mars is currently the 6th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $28.9 billion.

7.     Yang Huiyan & Family

            (Net-Worth: $28.3 B)

richest woman in the world Yang Huiyan owns 57% of Hong Kong based real estate developer Country garden Holding’s which her father Yang Guoqiang founded and sits as the chairman of Country Garden Group. Huiyan currently sits at the board of the company and also chairs the Bright Scholar Education Holdings which is a Chinese education company. She was transferred 70% of the company’s shares before it went public in 2007, by her father and since then she started helping the company to grow. Huiyan was born on 1981 in Shunde, Guangdong, China and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Arts/Science from Ohio State University. She is currently the richest woman in Asia and 7th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $28.3 billion.  

8.     Susanne Klatten

            (Net-Worth: $23.4 B)

richest woman in the world Susanne is the heiress and the daughter of Herbert Quandt, known for saving BMW. After his death, Klatten inherited the 50.1 % shares in Pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer ALTANA. She also received 12.50% shares of BWM which her father left for her. Her BMW shares went up to 19.2% after her mother’s death in 2015. She worked as the Supervisor at ALTANA and helped it grow to a world class business corporation and she also owns SKion. Klatten was born on 28 April, 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany and completed her MBA degree in advertising from IMD Business School in Lausanne. She is currently the 7th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $23.4 billion.

9.     Zhong Huijuan

            (Net-Worth: $19.5 B)

  Zhong Huijuan is a self made billionaire who founded Hansoh Pharmaceutical in 1995 which produces psychotropic drugs, Anti-diabetics, oncology, and other drugs. She was a former chemistry teacher at a middle school in Lianyungang in early 1990s. Last year in June 2019 her company saw a 37% increased in its first day of trading and after which Huijuan became one of the richest person in the world. Her husband Sun Piaoyang, Head of Jiangsu Hangrui which is also a pharmaceutical company, was already an established billionaire with a net worth of $9.4 billion. She is currently the second richest woman in Asia, just after Yang Huiyan and the 9th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $19.5 billion.  

10.   Laurene Powell Jobs

            (Net-Worth: $18.5 B)

richest woman in the world Laurene Powell is a businesswoman, Philanthropist, heiress, and the wife of late Steve Jobs, former CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc. She is also the founder and the Executive of Emerson Collective which focuses on social welfare like education, environment, and immigration reform etc. After the death of her husband, she inherited the money that Steve left in 2011 which was estimated to be around $10.2 billion. Steve left 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company and about 5.5 million shares of Apple stock. She was born on November 6, 1963 in West Milford, New Jersey, U.S and graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991 where she met Steve Jobs for the first time. Laurene is currently the 10th richest woman in the world with a net worth of $18.5 billion.  

Conclusion

  Half of the billionaires listed above are from the U.S and about 234 women are listed in the Forbes magazine for the World’s Billionaires list which is quiet a good amount of number considering the list is not all male dominated. Some of the women billionaires are self-made whereas some are passed down by their family. Remember the wealth of the people doesn’t stay constant, it may go up and it may go down depending on the stock market when it opens. Also read: Quotes of Bill Gates