While there aren’t any women sitting on the worlds top ten richest people in the world right now, there are plenty of rising individuals hoping to change that. With more billionaire businesswomen around, whether they are self-made or not, the fact of the matter is – women are on their way to the top of the charts.
Their billionaire business’ stretch over a number of categories including fashion and retail, food and beverage to real estate and entertainment.
Here are the top billionaire businesswomen as told by Forbes:
5. Miriam Adelson, 76
Net Worth: $38.2 BILLION
Miriam Adelson is the widow of Sheldon Adelson, the former CEO and chairman of a casino company Las Vegas Sands.
He passed away early last year. Adelson now controls the 56% stake in the $48 billion casinos operating empire with branches in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macao.
Born in Israel, Adelson was known for her high up reputation as a medical doctor, specialising in addiction. She is officially the richest Israelian citizen and the 36th richest person in the world.
4. Julia Koch, 59
Net worth: $46.4 BILLION
The widow of David Koch, Julia Koch and her children have a 42% stake in the family business, Koch Industries, which became America’s largest private company per revenue last year. She sits on the board of directors of the $115 billion business.
3. MacKenzie Scott, 51
Net Worth: $53 BILLION
Scott, whose marriage to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ended in 2019, became the biggest philanthropist of the pandemic, giving away $5.8 billion in grants to 500 nonprofit organizations across the U.S., supporting causes including racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights and public health. Bezos gave her 4% of the companies revenue.
2. Alice Walton, 72
Net Worth: $61.8 BILLION
The daughter of Sam Walton lost her spot as the world’s richest woman to Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, but still gained $7.4 billion in the past year, thanks to Walmart stock rising more than 5% since mid-March 2020.
She is an American heiress to the fortune of Walmart. Her impressive net worth accumulated through Walmart’s monolithic success in retail making her the 17th richest person in the world.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, 68
Net Worth: $73.6 BILLION
Bettencourt Meyers inherited her fortune from her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, whose father, Eugene Schueller, founded cosmetics giant L’Oréal. Bettencourt Meyers has served on the board of directors for L’Oreal since 1997. She has focused her attention on the 33% share in stocks that her family currently own.
The family have been known to give back to numerous charities and even donated $226 million towards the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral following the 2019 fire. Even though she is the number one richest woman in the world, she is only the 12th richest person in the world.
With the persistent wage gap and the prevalence of women taking on more child-rearing responsibilities, men have consistently topped the list of the richest people.
However, with more female presence empowering self-made businesswomen in today’s ever-changing generation, who knows maybe we will start seeing more females making their way to the top 5 list of billionaires.
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