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.
While there aren’t any women sitting on the world’s 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 real estate and entertainment.
5. Miriam Adelson, 76
Net Worth: $38.2 BILLION
Miriam Adelson is the widow of Sheldon Adelson, the former CEO and chairman of the casino company Las Vegas Sands.
He passed away early last year. “Adelson now controls the 56% stake in the $48 billion casinos,” says Forbes. The operating empire 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 wealthiest Israelian citizen and the 36th richest person in the world.
4. Julia Koch, 59
Net worth: $46.4 BILLION
Number four on the list is Julia Koch. She and her children “have a 42% stake in the family business, Koch Industries, which became America’s largest private company per revenue last year,” according to Forbes.
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,” says Forbes.
Supporting causes including racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights and public health.
2. Alice Walton, 72
Net Worth: $61.8 BILLION
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
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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