Many people have misconceptions about rich women. They often assume that she either acquired her money through inheritance or an expensive divorce settlement. While this might be true in some cases, some rich women amassed their wealth through hard work. We have gathered the stories of the 15 richest women in the world and here they are, starting with #15:
15. Jocelyn Wildenstein – $3.8 Billion
Our list starts at a ‘measly’ $3.8 billion with Jocelyn Wildenstein, a popular internet figure. She is best known as the “Catwoman.” Aside from her numerous surgeries, she also lives a lavish lifestyle. Her food bill alone amounts to $550,000 a year! How does she pay for this? Jocelyn got her wealth from a $2.5 billion divorce settlement. On top of that, she receives an additional $100 million every year for the next 13 years.
14. Elizabeth Holmes – $4.5 Billion
Using the money her parents saved up for her, Elizabeth established a company worth over $8 billion. Her success is a product of her blood, sweat and tears. She dropped out of college to pursue her goal and now, she is the youngest, self-made female billionaire because of the risk she took.
13. Dylan Lauren – $4.7 Billion
Dylan is the daughter of no other than the iconic Ralph Lauren. Unlike her father, she is not involved in the fashion industry. Instead, she opened her own business, “Dylan’s Candy Bar” in 2001. It is the self-proclaimed largest candy shop in the world stocking over 7,000 candies imported from all around the world.
12. Hind Hariri – $5.5 Billion
Hind comes from the controversial Hariri family which became the subject of one of the biggest scandals in the business world. She is the daughter of Rafic Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon for a decade. When he was assassinated, he passed on his wealth to his daughter making her one of the youngest billionaires alive today.
11. Josie Ho – $7 Billion
Josie is the daughter of casino tycoon Stanley Ho. He founded a series of casinos in Macau and is considered as “The King of Gambling.” However, Josie isn’t anything like her father. She went against his wishes and pursued a different career path. She is now involved in the arts as a singer and actress.
10. Alannah Weston – $7.9 Billion
Alannah is the heiress of the Weston family fortune which was acquired through the establishment of a supermarket retail chain and bakeries. The family she comes from is the second wealthiest in Canada and it is hard not to spot any of their chains in the country. In 2004, she took over as the creative director for Selfridges and 10 years later, she was named as the deputy chairman of the Selfridges Group with an increase of 50% in sales ever since she was assigned to the position.
9. Amanda Hearst – $8.7 Billion
The Hearst Corporation made a huge impact to New York City. It revolutionized the newspaper industry and elevated the standard for media publications. It was founded by William Randolph Hearst and now, the lead of the corporation was passed on to his great granddaughter, Amanda. She never had to fully work to support herself so she immersed herself in working with various nonprofit organizations.
8. Samantha Kluge – $9.5 Billion
Samantha is the lesser known daughter of television industry mogul John Kluge who, at one point, was named as the richest man in America. She spent most of her life club hopping and got married and divorced three times. She was also sued by an ex-boyfriend for causing her distress, a crime that apparently costs millions of dollars.
7. Georgina Bloomberg – $11.5 Billion
Georgina is the daughter of New York City’s mayor. Fortunately for her, she wasn’t tied down to a business she didn’t want to be involved with. She became a professional equestrian and also got married to one. During one of her shows, she suffered a broken vertebrae and concussion but despite this setback, she got right back on the saddle.
6. Iris Fontbona – $11.7 Billion
Iris Fontbona is the richest person in all of Chile. She controls the largest copper mines in the entire world, the world’s largest brewery, Chile’s largest shipping company and the second largest bank in Chile. Iris is not married so she will be passing on her fortune to her five, extremely lucky children.
5. Christy Walton – $22.5 Billion
Christy is the widow of John Walton who is the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Technically, she is a part of the Walmart family but she doesn’t live extravagantly. She is fairly conservative with her finances and most of her money goes to the various charities that she supports.
4. Marta Ortega-Perez – $24 Billion
Marta is the daughter of Amancio Ortega, the founder and head of Inditex, the company responsible for some of the world’s biggest brands like “Zara.” She may have been born rich but she also worked hard to reach her status. She started from the bottom of the career ladder and worked her way up.
3. Delphine Arnault Gancia – $26 Billion
Delphine is the daughter of Bernard Arnault, the director and vice president of Louis Vuitton. She has a business degree from the London School of Economics and began working for the family business in 2000. After only three years, she was promoted to the management board making her the youngest person to ever hold that position. To further her career, she started working with other fashion companies securing her a seat on the board of directors.
2. Vanisha Mittal Bhatia – $51 Billion
Vanisha is currently the wealthiest impending heiress in the world today. She is the daughter of Lakshmi Mittal, the chairman and CEO of ArecelorMittal which is the largest steel company in the world. Not only will she inherit billions of dollars but she will also receive 34% of ArcelorMittal’s equity that her father owns. Because of this, she will soon become one of the richest people in the world.
1. Liliane Bettencourt – $200 Billion
Liliane is not only the richest person in France, she is also the richest woman in the entire world. She is the head of L’Oreal which she inherited from her father. However, it was her hard work and creativity that made the brand what it is today – the largest cosmetics company on the planet.