No female billionaire is among the ten richest people, but there is no denying that women cannot succeed in financial matters.
Many women, including Laurene Powell Jobs and Abigail Johnson of Emerson, are active agents of change on this list, from heiress to self-proclaimed millionaire.
Others, such as Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, work as gatekeepers of the family business and stimulate the leadership qualities of the next generation.
There is also Gina Reinehart and Jacqueline Mars, who are role models for business women with their business management skills.
Whatever their wealth, these women are passionate about their profession, about the vision of the organization they support.
We will order this list based on Forbes, and depending on their website these are ratings (we may refer to Bloomberg ratings later).
These are the ten richest women in the world by 2020:
Net value: 10.8 billion
Who is calling please?
Abigail Pierpon Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Investments, a U.S. multinational financial corporation, and President of Fidelity International, a foreign sister company.
How did she make her fortune?
Johnson began his career as a portfolio manager with Fidelity Investments, a company founded by his grandfather, and also graduated from Harvard Business School.
Now that we have taken on the position of CEO with a 49% stake in 2014, we can assume that the company will have achieved this goal on its own.
She was appointed chairman of the group in 2016.
In the same year Forbes ranked 16th and in 2014 34th, making her one of the richest women in America.
Net worth: $13.1 billion
Who’s calling, please?
Gina Rinehart is an Australian mining magnate and chairman of the private company Hancock Prospecting, founded by her late father Lang Hancock.
How did she make her fortune?
Based on our research, we can say that Gina Reinhart is the richest woman in the world.
Because Gina does not have a traditional legacy or can be described as an heiress, she courageously took over the company after the death of her father and restored the bankrupt iron ore company.
Forbes named Gina the richest woman in the world in 2012, but this year, in 2020, she ranks 8th.
Gina is still planning to grow her business as she enjoys traveling around the world in her $80 million private jets with no intention of stopping.
Net value: $15.8 billion
Who is she?
Lauren Powell Jobs is the widow and heir of Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc.
What makes her one of the richest women in the world?
Lauren Powell Jobs currently owns 38.5 million shares of Apple and 8% of the Disney company.
She is also the founder of the Emerson Collective.
The Emerson Collective is a social impact organisation that deals with reform policies in the fields of education and immigration, social justice and environmental protection.
She is also co-founder and chairman of the University Student Monitoring Board, which prepares underprivileged students for university.
Net value: $17.1 billion
Who is she?
Susanne Hannah Ursula Clutten is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Kvandt.
She’s the richest woman in Germany.
How did she inherit her fortune while keeping it?
Today, at the age of 57, a German businesswoman, mother of 3 children and one of the largest shareholders of BMW owns 19% of the shares of one of the world’s largest car manufacturers and the world’s largest manufacturer of luxury cars.
However, Susanne lags behind her brother Stephan Quandt when it comes to his interest in BMW, as he owns more than 23% of the company.
As an entrepreneur, Suzanne’s success does not depend on her most important family business.
Over the years she has focused on Altana AG, an internationally renowned pharmaceutical company founded by her grandfather.
After the death of her father, she inherited his 50.1% share in the pharmaceutical and chemical group Altana.
To date, she is chairman and sole owner of Altana AG, which is expected to earn $2.5 million annually.
Net value: $21.7 billion
Who is she?
Yang Hueyang is the subsidiary of Yeung Kwok Keun, who founded Country Garden Holdings, a construction company in Guangdong, China.
How did she become the richest woman in China?
At the age of 25, in 2007, when she inherited 70% of her father’s estate, she became one of the richest women in the world.
Today, at the age of 38, she still holds this title, with 57% of the development company in 2020.
According to the South China Morning Post, Country Garden is the largest real estate developer in the country in terms of sales volume.
Yang is also chairman of Bright Scholar Education Holdings, the world’s largest bilingual school in China for children from kindergarten through grade 12.
Together with his aunt, Jan Meerong owns 92.59% of the training of the company.
5. Jacqueline Mars: $24.2 billion
Net value: $24.2 billion
Who is she?
Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, the world’s largest confectionery manufacturer, and the successor to the company, which owns approximately 30% of the shares.
How did she do?
She served as Chairman of the Food Group until 2001, then as a member of the Executive Board until 2016.
His son, Stephen Badger, is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mars is also a renowned philanthropist who is chairman of the Mars Foundation and has made important contributions to the Australian doctors in the hinterland and to the National Symphony Orchestra.
She is also a member of six committees, including the National Archives and the Smithsonian Institution.
The Mars family (the third richest family in the United States after the Waltons and Kochs) owns Mars Inc. together with Jacqueline, her granddaughters Marike Mars, Victoria Mars and Valerie Mars (also known as the Mars sisters).
Net value: $36.8 billion
Who is she?
Mackenzie Bezos is the fourth richest woman in the world with a net worth of $37 billion after her divorce from Amazon founder and the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos.
MacKenzie announced from its newly created Twitter account that it would retain a 25% stake in the pair on Amazon, or about 4% of the total business (given the current value of Amazon’s shares, it’s about $37 billion).
Her ex-husband Jeff Bezos is worth $117 billion according to Forbes’ real-time ranking, making him $13 billion richer than Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world.
It is said to have sold its $350 million shares in January 2020.
Last May, she also signed the oath of donation and promised to donate at least half of her fortune.
Mackenzie, at the beginning of her career in the Amazon, actively participated in Amazon activities with her husband until she started writing two more fantasy novels in 1997: Luther Albright (2005) and Fallen (2013).
Who is Julia Koch?
She is the wife of billionaire industrialist David Koch and an important member of one of the most powerful and wealthy families in America, the Koch family.
What is behind the net assets?
Julia Fleisher Koch inherited billions with assets of about $53.5 billion after the death of her late husband in August 2019.
But Forbes estimates her wealth at $43 billion, making her the third richest woman in the world after Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and Alice Walton.
Julia Koch and her three children, David Junior, Mary Julia and John Mark, inherited a 41% stake in Koch Industries.
She is president of the David H. Koch Foundation, which has earmarked over $200 million to fund science, medical research, education and more.
Koch is a passionate artist, former board member of the School of American Ballet, chairman of the American Ballet Theatre and chairman of the Met Gala 1998.
Net value: $44.4 billion
Who is she?
Alice Walton is the daughter of the late Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, and the sister of American businessmen John T. Walton, S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton.
Alice Walton is the richest woman in the United States with a net worth of $44.4 billion.
Another member of the Walton family, her daughter-in-law Christy Walton, is also one of the richest billionaire women since her husband (Alice Walton’s brother) John T. Walton died in a plane crash.
Unlike her brothers, Alice Walton does not play a major role in the Walmart Corporation.
But she is also a patron of the arts and often involved in philanthropy.
She is also the founder and president of the Museum of American Art of Crystal Bridges, which she founded in 2011.
In 2017, Walton founded the Art Bridges Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation aimed at raising national awareness of contemporary American art.
1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Net value: $48.8 billion
Who is she?
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is the granddaughter of the founder of L’Oréal, Eugène Schuller, and the daughter of Lillian Bettencourt.
How did she get her money?
Françoise Meyers has a 33% stake in L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturer.
She inherited part of her mother, Lilian Bettencourt, who led the company until her death in 2017 (and still holds the same position as her daughter Françoise).
L’Oreal Corporation is a large company that owns the Garnier and Lanc brands.
She is also a complete writer, who has written three novels based on the Greek god.
Françoise has already played an important role in the management of family assets as head of an investment firm and chairman of the Bettencourt Schuller Foundation.
However, managing his mother’s business was not an easy task.
With her real estate and assets in L’Oréal and other investments, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is currently the richest woman in the world by 2020.
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