Women are slowly taking over the world, surprising men at work, with their exceptional decisive decision making skills, multiple talents and managerial skills. However, some of them are just fortunate, who inherited the wealth from their elders. The world is slowly transforming, with equality coming into picture, these women work 24*7 to stabilize their inherited empire. There are several powerful, wealthy women across the globe, who live under their own radar, out of the eyes of media.
Here is a list of world’s richest women, who are an inspiration to millions of young girls. They have been ranked on the basis of their net worth and stock holdings.
10. Massimiliana Landini Aleotti
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti isn’t a household name, as she keeps her private live away from the media gaze. She has built a fortune of over $11.6 billion. She is an owner of Menarini, which is a pharmaceutical company, whose shares she owns, along with her company. She is often listed in the world’s top 10 richest women. Currently her daughter Lucia serves as the chairman of the company and her son Alberto Giovanni is the vice chairmen.
9. Iris Fontbona
Iris is Andronico Luksic’s, widow, who was a Chilean mining magnate, who unfortunately died in 2005. She is the sole heir of his business, who continues to generate a massive amount of wealth annually. She has made a net worth $10.1 billion, over the past couple of years, taking her husband’s business to another realm. She is the fifth wealthiest women in Latin American, being the richest Chile.
8. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
The surname, kinda reveals it all, she holds a controlling interest of the popular beer manufacturing brand Heineken. 25% of controlling interest in Heineken International is with her. It is the world’s third largest beer brewing company. She had an estimated net worth of $12.3 billion as of 2016. She is the richest business woman in UK, according to Forbes. She completed her degree in law, from University of Leiden.
7. Abigail Johnson
Abigail’s success is significantly contributed by her Fidelity Investments, where she currently serves as a CEO and president. She is estimated to have build a net worth of over $13.1 billion, earning over $1.6 trillion from her oversee investment funds. She is a woman with vision and ample of business knowledge. Before her, Fidelity CEO Position was handled by her father. Despite this she stayed low on the ladder, without taking any benefits on her name. She started working in the firm in 1988 as an analyst, from where she got promoted due to her performance every year.
6. Laurene Powell Jobs
She is the widow of the Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, who already earned enough to give a luxurious lifestyle to his family. Laurene has inherited his fortune of $16.7 billion. She is a very qualified woman, who has received her degree from Stanford and Pennsylvania University. She is the founder of College Track and Emerson Collective, which brought her entrepreneurial skills into the field in use. Jobs was single largest shareholder of Disney, which has been providing a constant boost to her net worth. She has taken over all his property, being the heir; she is currently working on his projects, ensuring to complete all his undone work. She is keeping up with the reputation of her late husband by, taking his business to another level.
5. Susanne Klatten
Susanne is the daughter of one of the richest women on the planet, Johanna Quandt, which automatically makes her a part of this list. She is the richest women of Germany and owns half of BMW with her mother and brother. Her net worth is estimated to be around $18.5 billion as of 2017. She holds a brilliant business and academic track, which can be reflected through her business skills. She is a trained economist and has a multiple business degrees. She is also reported of working under an alternative name, in order to work without her family name, without any special grace. She is considered one of the finest business women, who use her education to the best of its potential.
4. Maria Franca Fissolo
Probably the best food invention in the history of Time; Nutella satisfies all our sweet cravings. Fissolo is the widow of Michele Ferrero, who manufactured the second biggest confectionery company in the world; Ferrero SpA. The company is known for its expensive exquisite chocolates, which are filled with exotic nuts and cheese that feels like a blessing in your mouth. Maria is currently 76 year old, and manages her empire of $26.2 billion, resulting in earning more profits every year.
3. Jacqueline Mars
The candy empire is owned by the Mars, who have been putting smiles on our faces since the beginning of time. Being a family empire, it has earned dividends for the whole family which are shared amongst them. She is the granddaughter and daughter of the founding members of the company. Mars is now an international name, which is slowly gaining popularity overseas. The candy has set a bench mark even in 21 century, which contributes to $33 million of net worth for Jacqueline. Their family is widely popular for their candy, Mars is taking that family name ahead and introducing the brand to new markets and adding new promotional schemes into the spectrum.
2. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is amongst the heirs of Wal-Mart franchise, which was founded and owned by her husband, who died in 2005. She is an active philanthropist, who gives majority of the income to educational and other reform initiatives. She holds over $32.3 billion of the total estate that comes under Wal-Mart. She shares these with her son. She is also known for her art collection and taste, and has been collecting painting ever since the age of 10. She has also worked as a broker in an investment firm. They have over 200 stores spread across America and including other countries.
1. Liliane Bettencourt
She inherited her wealth from her father. Liliane is L’Oreal’s biggest shareholder, which has in one way or other contributed to her $36.1 billion fortune. The company was owned by her father, who brought his daughter into business when she was only 15. She was given the job of mixing shampoos, including other cosmetic products. She married her husband Andre Bettencourt around 1950, who is a higher up in French Government service. She is almost 93 years, and has turned into a philanthropist, who currently lives in Paris. She is considered as the richest woman in history with over $40 billion wealth. She is still actively involved with the business, even at this age and signs several of the deals on her own.
These women listed above stand strong, working 24*7, handling their business with the same strength and managerial skills, which has taken them to new heights. Despite their old age, they are still as fit as ever to run a business, or handle a deal. Looking at the industry, we can surely say that women will soon be taking over their due share of equality at workplace, breaking through the stereotypes of what and how a woman can handle a business.