August 6, 2021

The economic planet | Look for the woman

There is no woman among the 10 richest people in the world, according to the latest edition of the magazine’s famous list Forbes for decades.



Helene Baril

Helene Baril
Press

The 2021 list, updated to take into account the change in the value of stocks that often form the basis of the wealth of the better-off, excludes even the one woman who often finds herself in the top 10, Alice Walton, daughter of the famous founder of Walmart.

By the end of last week, Alice Walton had retreated to 17e up, in particular because of the rise of technology titles. The “Real Time Billionaires” list is dominated by techno knights, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (1is), and Elon Musk, of Tesla (2e).

The first woman currently appears at 12e rank. This is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, granddaughter of the founder of L’Oréal, who owns 33% of the shares of the giant of beauty products.

The gap between men and women does not disappear at the top of the pyramid. The richest man in the world, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, is 2.5 times more rich than the richest woman. Françoise Bettencourt dominates the list of the richest women with an estimated fortune of 71.4 billion. She is one of the two Europeans of the top 10, with the German Susanne Klatten, whose family controlled the car manufacturer BMW. The short list of 10 is dominated by the United States (4 out of 10 names).

There are no Canadian women in the richest 50 women on the Forbes. The first comes to 804e rank of the complete list of the richest people, which counts more than 2000. It is Yuan Liping, a Chinese who has Canadian nationality and whose fortune is estimated at 3.6 billion US. It comes from her 24% stake in the pharmaceutical company Kangtai Biological Products, run by her ex-husband, according to information from Forbes.

It should come as no surprise that few women are at the head of the world’s billionaires. They represent around 10% of this select club.

It is also clear that many of them inherited their fortune and did not create it out of nothing, like many of the men on the list. This is the case of the richest woman in the world, Françoise Bettencourt, but also of Julia Koch, heir to the energy empire built by her husband, or of Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve’s wife.

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Laurene Powell Jobs

This does not take anything away from them, because we know that behind great men, there are often great women who contribute in the shadows to the building of the family fortune.

In some cases, the heiresses have taken the business they inherited to unexpected and unexpected heights. This is the case of the strong woman of the mines Gina Rinehart, who became Australia’s richest citizen by turning her father’s struggling mining exploration business into an iron giant. His fortune is estimated today at 24.1 billion US.

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MacKenzie Scott, who occupies the 3e rang du top 10 of the richest women in Forbes, received a 4% stake in Amazon when she divorced Jeff Bezos, the founder of the company which is on the 2021 list of the richest people in the world.

There are other examples that deserve to be highlighted. MacKenzie Scott, who occupies the 3e rang du top 10 of the richest women in Forbes, received a 4% stake in Amazon when she divorced Jeff Bezos, the founder of the company which is on the 2021 list of the richest people in the world.

MacKenzie Scott was the wife of. But not only. She was alongside Jeff Bezos before Amazon was founded and helped turn it into an e-commerce giant by negotiating the first contracts with distributors. His fortune is estimated at 52.8 billion.

Fortunately, times are changing and we can bet that many women entrepreneurs andelf-made-women are currently climbing the ranks of the richest women in the world.In addition to this, you will need to know more about it.