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The Top 20 Richest Women in the World 2018

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The Top 20 Richest Women in the World 2017

Who are the richest women in the world?

Most of the focus is normally on men, but what about the wealthiest women?

Can you even hazard a guess as to who you think’s going to appear on this list? You can probably think of the richest men, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, but no women…

Am I right?

Let’s find out in this article, where we list the top 20 richest women in the world as of 2018. Many of these women are heiress’ to their parents fortunes, and have taken over their father’s companies. Others have built businesses themselves from the ground up.

Let’s take a look…

 

Top 20 Richest Women in the World

All stats featured within this article in regards to net worth have come from Forbes directly. These are the top 20 richest women in the world:

 

1. Alice Walton

Richest Women - Alice Walton

Net Worth: $45.6 Billion

Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of one of the most successful retail chains in the world, Walmart. Alice is the heiress to the Walmart fortune. She also founded the Llama Company in 1988, but it has since closed down.

“One of the great responsibilities that I have is to manage my assets wisely, so that they create value.” – Alice Walton

 

2. Maria Franca Fissolo

Richest Women in the World - Maria Franca Fissolo

Net Worth: $32.3 Billion

Maria Franca Fissolo is an Italian billionaire, the widow of Michele Ferrero, and the owner of Ferrero SpA, Europe’s second largest confectionery company.

 

3. Jacqueline Mars

Richest Women - Jacqueline Mars

Net Worth: $28.2 Billion

Jacqueline Mars is an American investor and heiress to the Mars Incorporated fortune. Her parents were the founders of the company, and the fortune was shared between herself and her two brothers, John & Forrest Jr.

“Even when early innovations start to succeed, it is not uncommon to see growing businesses sabotaged for threatening the status quo.” – Jacqueline Mars

 

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4. Susanne Klatten

Richest Women - Susanne Klatten

Net Worth: $24.4 Billion

When we looked at the stats on Forbes, Johanna Quandt was still listed as one of the richest women in the world. However, Johanna passed away in 2015, and her daughter Susanne inherited the fortune, along with her father’s inheritance.

Klatten owns stakes in BMW, SGL and Altana among other companies.

 

5. Yang Huiyan

Richest Women - Huiyan Yang

Net Worth: $22.3 Billion

Yang Huiyan is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings and the 24th wealthiest person in mainland China. She is currently the youngest female billionaire as well as the richest woman in Asia.

She is the daughter of Yang Guoqiang, who started his company Biguiyuan in 1997 and transferred 70% of Country Garden’s shares to her before its IPO in 2007.

 

6. Laurene Powell Jobs

Richest Women - Laurenne Powell Jobs

Net Worth: $21.3 Billion

Laurene Powell Jobs is an American businesswoman, executive and the founder of Emerson Collective, which advocates for policies concerning education and immigration reform, social justice and environmental conservation.

“My relationship with money is that it’s a tool to be self-sufficient, but it’s not something that is a part of who I am.” – Laurene Powell Jobs

 

7. Abigail Johnson

Richest Women - Abigail Johnson

Net Worth: $18.2 Billion

Abigail Johnson is an American businesswoman. Johnson is the CEO of US investment firm Fidelity Investments. She is also the chairwoman of Fidelity International. Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II, and the Johnson company currently own a 49% stake in the company.

“Lots of people will give you advice… and depending upon how well they know you, the advice might be valid or not so valid.” – Abigail Johnson

 

8. Gina Rinehart

Richest Women - Gina Rinehart

Net Worth: $17.2 Billion

Gina Rinehart is originally from Perth in Western Australia, and is the chairman of Hancock Prospecting. She inherited the majority stake in the company when her father passed away.

“There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain – do something to make more money yourself.” – Gina Rinehart

 

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9. Iris Fontbona

Richest Women in the World - Iris Fontbona

Net Worth: $16.6 Billion

Fontbona is fresh on the list of richest women for 2018, after propelling her net worth to an estimated $16.6 billion this year.

 

10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Richest Women - Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Net Worth: $15.9 Billion

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch-English businesswoman. She owns a 25% controlling interest in, you’ve probably already guessed it, the brewing company Heineken International.

Heineken International is the 3rd largest brewing company in the world. Charlene is an executive director at Heineken, and when her father passed away in 2002, she inherited £3 billion, moving her up the list of the richest people in the world.

 

11. Blair Parry-Okeden

Richest Women in the World - Blair Parry-Okeden

Net Worth: $12.2 Billion

Blair Parry-Okeden is an Australian billionaire heiress and one of the richest person in Australia with a net worth of $12.2 billion.

 

12. Massimiliana Landini Alleotti

Richest Women in the World - Massimiliani Landini Aleotti

Net Worth: $11.3 Billion

Massimiliana Landini Aleotti is an Italian billionaire heiress, and the owner of the pharmaceutical company Menarini. Aleotti’s net worth is estimated to be $11.3 billion in 2018, making her one of the richest women in the world.

 

13. Zhou Qunfei

Richest Women in the World -Zhou Qunfei

Net Worth: $10.2 Billion

Zhou Qunfei is a Chinese entrepreneur, and founder of the major touchscreen maker Lens Technology. After the public listing of her company on the Shenzhen ChiNext market in March 2015, her net worth has reached $10.2 billion, making her the richest woman in China.

 

14. Pollyanna Chu

Richest Women in the World - Pollyana Chu

Net Worth: $9.5 Billion

Pollyanna Chu is a businesswoman from Hong Kong. She is an executive of Kingston Financial Group, Golden Resorts Group, and Sincere Watch.

Chu has an estimated net worth of $9.5 billion in 2018, making her one of the richest people in Hong Kong, and one of the richest women in the world.

 

15. Katharine Rayner

Richest Women in the World - Katharine Rayner

Net Worth: $8.1 Billion

 

16. Margaretta Taylor

Richest Women in the World - Margaretta Taylor

Net Worth: $8.1 Billion

 

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17. Kirsten Rausing

Richest Women in the World - Kirsten Rausing

Net Worth: $8 Billion

 

18. Savitri Jindal

Richest Women in the World - Savitri Jindal

Net Worth: $7.9 Billion

 

19. Loretta Robinson

Net Worth: $7.9 Billion

 

20. Pauline MacMillan

Net Worth: $7.4 Billion

 

Summary

Here’s a quick recap on the top 20 richest women in the world:

  1. Alice Walton
  2. Maria Franca Fissolo
  3. Jaqcueline Badger Mars
  4. Susanne Klatten
  5. Yang Huiyan
  6. Lauren Powell Jobs
  7. Abigail Johnson
  8. Gina Rinehart
  9. Iris Fontbona
  10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
  11. Blair Parry-Okeden
  12. Massimiliani Landini Aleotti
  13. Zhou Qunfei
  14. Pollyanna Chu
  15. Katharine Rayner
  16. Margaretta Taylor
  17. Kirsten Rausing
  18. Savitri Jindal
  19. Loretta Robinson
  20. Pauline MacMillan

How many of these women did you originally expect to be on this list of the richest women in the world? Leave a comment below.

Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan is a young ambitious guy who has been researching self-development for the past two years and is now off travelling the world. His mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and be the person to whom they say; "Because of you, I never gave up." Join Wealthy Gorilla on Facebook.