The World’s Richest Women

There are currently about 172 female billionaires. They are the world’s richest women. These women are from Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. Some of them made their fortunes, while others inherited it.

North America

According to Forbes, the wealthiest woman on the planet is Christy Walton, widow of Wal-Mart co-founder John Walton. She reportedly has a net worth of over $36.7 billion. North America’s second richest woman, the third richest woman in the world, is another Walton. Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, is said to be worth $34.3 billion.


The second richest woman in the world is France’s Liliane Bettencourt. The 91-year old was heiress to the L’Oreal riches. She is currently worth an estimated $34.5 billion. While she has long since stopped being involved in running the company, L’Oreal’s stock continues to rise and her fortune continues to grow.


Savitri Jindal is the richest woman in Asia. The wife of the late O. P. Jindal, founder of the steel and power conglomerate the Jindal Group, is said to be worth about $15 billion. The 64 year old mother of 9 became chairperson of her husband’s company when he died in 2005. She is also very active in politics in India.


The richest woman in Africa is Folorunsho Alakija. A native of Nigeria, she has a net worth of $2.5 billion by some estimates. Folorunsho Alakija is a self-made billionaire. She has parlayed her career as a fashion designer and oil magnate into the money she has today.

South America

Chilean businesswoman Iris Fontbona is South America’s richest woman. Her fortune is estimated at $20 billion. She inherited her fortune from her husband copper mining magnate and founder of Antofagasta, Andronico Luksic. This female billionaire also has stakes in numerous other businesses.


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