July 27, 2021

Who are the richest women in the world?

Their names may be unknown to you, but their fortunes do not go unnoticed. The Wealth-X site has compiled a list of the richest women on the planet. And among them, a French …

We want even a tenth of their colossal capital. The amounts generated by these women entrepreneurs or these heiresses has something to turn heads. The Wealth-X site published Wednesday its ranking of the seven richest women on the planet, in the seven major regions of the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa.
At the top of this list in which we would dream of appearing, we find an American, Christy Walton. At 59, she is at the head of a fortune estimated at $ 37.9 billion, from the empire created by her late husband, Wal-Mart supermarkets. When the latter died in 2005, Christy Walton would become the 17th richest person in the world.

In second position, who follows her with $ 31.3 billion on his bank account, it is a French woman that we find … The famous Liliane bettencourt, businesswoman and heir to the founder of the L’Oréal group, is, at 92, the richest woman in Europe.

For the bronze medal worth gold, we find the Australian Gina Rinehart, with an estimated fortune of $ 14.8 billion. Far from Liliane Bettencourt’s treasure, but still quite satisfactory. This 60-year-old woman has succeeded in making her legacy, the Hancock Prospecting mining empire, prosper.

Next are the sisters of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, considered the richest man in the world (Forbes). Vanessa Paola Slim, Soumaya Slim et Johanna Slim are each at the head of a fortune of $ 6.3 billion.

It is then on the side of China that we leave for the title of richest woman in Asia. It is Yang Huiyan, who, at only 33, is sitting on the pretty sum of $ 6.3 billion. Daughter of a wealthy businessman who founded Country Garden, she owns 70% of the company’s stock.

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In the Middle East, it is Shari Arison who holds the record for the richest woman, with $ 4.2 billion. The Israeli is the daughter of Ted Arison, who made his fortune by founding his cruise company. Aged 57, Shari Arison is now the head of the Arison Group, which also includes a foundation.

Finally, for Africa, it is with $ 1.2 billion what Folorunsho Alakija ranks first among the richest women in its region. This 63-year-old Nigerian businesswoman, considered the “richest black woman in the world” to American host Oprah Winfrey, derives most of her income from Famfa Oil Limited, which owns 60% of the deposit. oil tanker OML 127.

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No parity among billionaires

If the disproportion of these fortunes impresses, the fact remains that at the world level, it is still the men who monopolize the first places of the ranking of the richest people. It is only in 8th position of the general classification (Forbes) that we find a woman (Christy Walton).
In its latest census, Wealth-X reported some 286 female billionaires, or just 12.3% of all gender billionaires.

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