It’s interesting to witness who are the richest individuals in the world at any given time, especially because males continue to dominate that list. It is undeniable that certain women have made enormous fortunes across the world, even if there are no women among the top 10 richest persons in the world. The proportion of female billionaires is growing.
Here is a list of the top 10 richest women in the world as of 2023, as determined by Forbes’ Real-Time Billionaires List. While some of the names of the world’s wealthiest women in 2023 may be recognizable to you, others may come as a surprise. This is an indication that the majority of the world’s wealth isn’t concentrated in the most well-known sectors of the economy.
10. Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson, the tenth wealthiest woman on the planet, took over as CEO of Fidelity Investments in 2014 when her father Ned Johnson III passed away in March. She has an estimated 24.5% of the company’s equity, which was established by her grandfather in 1946 and currently manages $4.2 trillion in assets. She also serves as president of Fidelity Investments, an American investment company.
Johnson, who earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, has $21.5 billion net worth today.
|Net worth||$21.5 billion|
|Source of Income||Money Management|
9. Iris Fontbona & family
Iris Fontbona is the wife of the late Chilean businessman Andrónico Luksic, who amassed a fortune in mining and alcoholic drinks before passing away from cancer in 2005. Through Antofagasta Plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, she and her family are the owners of copper mines in Chile. Additionally, they hold a large portion of Quienco, a publicly listed Chilean conglomerate with operations in manufacturing, banking, and beer.
She now has a net worth of $23.8 billion.
|Net worth||$22.8 billion|
|Source of Income||Mining|
8. Susanne Klatten
The eighth-richest woman in the world is Susanne Klatten. Her father Herbert Quandt, an entrepreneur who is credited with saving BMW from bankruptcy in 1959, and mother Johanna Quandt left her a 19% ownership stake in the German carmaker BMW. The chemical business Altana is also owned by Klatten, with 19.2 % ownership.
She has a $25.1 billion net worth.
|Net worth||$24.3 billion|
|Source of Income||BMW, Pharmaceuticals|
7. Miriam Adelson
After her late husband Sheldon Adelson, a Republican power broker, and casino magnate passed away in early 2021, Miriam Adelson now has a roughly 50% share in Las Vegas Sands. Two months after Adelson passed away, the company decided to sell its most notable properties in Las Vegas, including the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the Venetian Resort, for $6.25 billion in order to concentrate on the Asian market. She contributed significantly to conservative political causes in Palestine and the United States, including Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.
Miriam Adelson, a physician and billionaire from the United States, with a net worth of $27.4 billion.
|Net worth||$27.5 billion|
|Source of Income||Casino|
6. Gina Rinehart
Gina Rinehart is the chairman of the Australian mining and agricultural firm Hancock Prospecting Group, which her father Lang Hancock established (d. 1992). She has been fighting her adult children in court for years over the family trust; the fight will apparently go on until at least next year after a judge pushed back their next court appearance to 2023.
|Net worth||$30.2 billion|
|Source of Income||Australian|
5. Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars received an estimated one-third of the confectionery and pet food company Mars Incorporated, which owns M&M’s and trademarks including IAMS and Pedigree. Her great-grandfather, Frank C. Mars, established the company in 1911. She spent over 20 years working for the company and was a board member until 2016.
Jacqueline Mars is the fifth richest woman in the world with a net worth of $34.8 billion.
|Net worth||$31.7 billion|
|Source of Income||Candy, Pet food|
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4. MacKenzie Scott
MacKenzie Scott has developed into one of the most active philanthropists in history since divorcing Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos in 2019. In less than two years, she has given $12.5 billion to more than 1,250 organisations. She and Jeff Bezos split in the middle of 2019 after 25 years of marriage. Jeff gave MacKenzie a 25% share of his Amazon stock, or 4% of the firm, as part of the divorce settlement.
Mackenzie Scott, a famous novelist and the former spouse of Jeff Bezos, entered the billionaires’ list in 2023
with a net worth of $46.6 billion.
|Net worth||$43.6 billion|
|Source of Income||Amazon|
3. Julia Koch
The second-largest private firm in the United States, Koch Industries, is owned by Julia Koch, the widow of conservative benefactor and contributor David Koch, and her children to the tune of 42% of the company. Charles Koch, David’s older brother, serves as chairman and holds a 42% share in the company. Koch, who was born in Iowa, relocated to New York in the 1980s. She has assisted fashion designer Adolfo with his work.
She is a new entry this year on the list, with a net worth of $62.5 billion.
|Net worth||$60 billion|
|Source of Income||Koch Industries|
2. Alice Walton
The only child of Walmart founder Sam Walton and holder of the second-highest net worth in the world, Alice Walton’s fortune has increased by an estimated $3.5 billion over the past year as a result of growing Walmart shares. In 2020, she held the title of richest woman in the world, but Bettencourt Meyers beat her to it. She owns a personal art collection that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and is more interested in curating art, and is this year’s 20th billionaire, according to Forbes.
She has a $70.8 billion net worth.
|Net worth||$65.3 billion|
|Source of Income||Walmart|
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder, made her first appearance on the World’s Billionaires List in 2018, following the passing of her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, who was the richest person in the world at the time. Bettencourt has been a member of the board of directors since 1997, and she now serves as the company’s chair. According to Forbes’ list of the world’s wealthiest people, Bettencourt Meyers is ranked number 13.
Francoise Bettencourt is the richest woman on the planet, with an estimated net worth of $78.4 billion.
|Net worth||$74.8 billion|
|Source of Income||L’Oreal|
Here is a short rundown of the top 10 Richest women in the world as of 2023:
|Francoise Bettencourt Meyers||$74.8 Billion|
|Alice Walton||$65.3 Billion|
|Julia Koch||$60 Billion|
|MacKenzie Scott||$43.6 Billion|
|Jacqueline Mars||$31.7 Billion|
|Gina Rinehart||$30.2 Billion|
|Miriam Adelson||$27.5 Billion|
|Susanne Klatten||$24.3 Billion|
|Iris Fontbona & family||$22.8 Billion|
|Abigail Johnson||$21.2 Billion|
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