TOP 10 world’s richest women of 2017

The ratio of men and women in the list of billionaires remains extremely unequal. But in the world of billions of capitals, there is a place for ladies who are world’s richest women.

2017 is the year of records for women-billionaires. This year, the list of the richest people of the planet Forbes included 2,043 people, of which 227 are women, or 11%, which is also a record, the year before the number of women taken in the global list was 202. Their combined state is estimated at $ 852.8 billion.

Most women inherited their wealth, such as Lillian Bettencourt, the heiress of the founder of L’Oreal, who was repeatedly the leader of the list of the world’s richest women, or Alice Walton, whose father founded the Walmart chain of stores. But there are exceptions: the Chinese Zhou Qunfei, whose company produces screens for mobile phones, recently headed the world list of the richest women who “made themselves”. An excellent year came from Gina Reinhart, whose fortune increased by $ 6.2 billion in 2016 and reached $ 15 billion, making her the richest woman in Australia. Take a look at the 10 richest women in the world.

10. Beate Hayster

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Wealth: $ 13.6 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 24 (with her brother)

Source of wealth: supermarkets Aldi

Nationality: Germany

Age: unknown

Marital status: married, 6 children

Carl Albrecht Sr., together with his brother Theo Albrecht, inherited a family grocery store in Essen, turned it into a retail giant Aldi and in 1961 divided the shares according to the geographic sign: Carl got stores in South Germany and brand rights in the UK, the USA, and Australia. Carl Albrecht Sr. died in 2014. The network went to Karl Albrecht Jr. and Beate Hayster, the children of the latter. The family fund of Siepmann Stiftung is estimated to own 75% of Aldi Sued’s business. Beate Hayster never worked at Aldi, but along with her husband Peter and one of the sons, Peter is on the advisory board of the company.


9. Iris Fontbona

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Wealth: $ 13.7 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 84

Source of Wealth: Mining

Nationality: Chile

Years: 74

Marital Status: Widow

Iris Fontbona is the widow of Andronico Luksic, who made a fortune in the extraction of ore and the production of beverages, and in 2005 died of cancer. His business, Antofagasta Plc (owns copper mining enterprises in Chile and traded on the London Stock Exchange), he left his wife and three sons: Jean-Paul, Andronico, and Guillermo. Also, his heirs are the majority shareholders of Quiñenco, a Chilean conglomerate that is active in the financial and industrial sectors, beer and energy production, the transport industry, and also acts as a port operator. Finally, they own Adriatic Luxury Resorts and Laguna Porec, two hotel chains in Croatia.


8. Abigail Johnson

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Status: $ 14.4 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 75

Source of Wealth: Asset Management

Citizenship: United States

Age 55

Marital status: married, 2 children

In 1946, grandfather of Abigail Johnson, Edward Johnson, founded the mutual investment fund Fidelity Investments. In her youth, she worked in the fund during the summer holidays, and then, having received the MBA of Harvard Business School, in 1988, joined his team as an analyst. CEO, she became in 2014, in 2016 took the post of chairman of the board of directors. Fidelity Investments manages assets of $ 2.1 trillion. Abigail Johnson is estimated to hold a 24% stake in the company.


7. Georgina Reinhart

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State: $ 15 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 69

Source of Wealth: Hancock Prospecting

Citizenship: Australia

Age: 63 years old

Marital status: widow, 4 children

In 2016, she became second in the list of the richest people in Australia, behind only Blair Perry-Okeden. The source of the wealth is iron ore, that is, its size depends on the value of the natural resource. The company Hancock Prospecting she received as part of the inheritance from her father Lang Hancock. She, however, was less fortunate than many “colleagues” in the rating: the company was going through hard times and was on the verge of bankruptcy. Reinhart managed to develop the business by starting the development of deposits: Hope Downs brings most of the revenue, and the project, launched by her, Roy Hill shipped 30 million tons of iron ore in the first 14 months of development. For a long time, Reinhart sued due to the distribution of shares in the company with her children (according to her father’s will, in 2011 all his grandchildren were to receive a share in the trust, but she managed to postpone this moment until 2068). In addition, she owns a stake in the television company Ten television network.


6. Lauren Powell Jobs

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State: $ 20 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 40

Source of Wealth: Apple, Disney

Citizenship: United States

Age: 53 years old

Marital Status: Widow

After the death of Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, his shares in Disney under the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust were transferred to Lauren Powell Jobs. Part of his stake in Disney Trust sold. According to the accounts for January 2017, the trust holds a 2.5% stake in Disney, and Lauren Powell owns 4% – and in 2015 the trust owned 7.8%. The share in Disney, which stands at times more than 0.7% in Apple, owned by the widow of its founder, moved to Steven Jobs in 2006, when he sold his animation studio Pixar to the animated giant.


5. Suzanne Klatten

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world’s richest women

Status: $ 20.4 billion

The place in the world rating Forbes-2017: 38

Source of Wealth: BMW, Pharmaceuticals

Nationality: Germany

Age: 54 years old

Marital status: married, 3 children

Suzanne Klatten and her brother, Stefan Kwandt, together own 50% of BMW shares. She is also the sole owner of Altana. At one time, she inherited a 50% share in the pharmaceutical and chemical company, which now shows annual sales of more than $ 2 billion. In 2006, Altana’s pharmaceutical business was sold to the Scandinavian Nycomed for $ 6 billion, and about half of that amount Klatten received as a special dividend. After that, she made the company private and received 100% of the shares. She also owns investment company SKion Holding Group and shares in companies Nordex (engaged in wind energy), Geohumus (soil improvers), SGL Group (production of graphite and carbon).


4. Maria Franca Fissolo

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Condition: $ 25.2 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 29

Source of Wealth: Ferrero

Nationality: Italy

Age: 99 years old

Marital status: widow, 2 children

Maria Franca is the widow of Michel Ferrero, who after the Second World War inherited from his father the company Ferrero. The latter together with his wife came up with a nut-chocolate paste Nutella. Now the companies own, for example, brands such as Kinder Chocolates, Ferrero Rocher and Tic Tac. Michel Ferrero died in 2015. Two decades, since 1987, Ferrero was run by the sons of the pair Giovanni and Pietro, but the latter died in 2011 during a training bike race in South Africa. Giovanni plans to keep the company in the family.

After the recent death of the world’s oldest billionaire, David Rockefeller, this title was transferred to Maria Frank.


3. Jacqueline Mars

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Status: $ 39.5 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 14

Source of Wealth: L’Oreal

Nationality: France

Age: 94 years old

Marital status: widow, one child

Lilian Bettencourt is the daughter and heiress of Eugène Schuler, the founder of the L’Oreal empire. Now she owns 33% of the company, which owns brands such as Lancome and Garnier. Since 2011, Bettencourt’s fortune is controlled by her daughter Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer and two grandchildren – such a decision was pronounced by the court, admitting that she is not able to manage cases because of dementia. In 2012, on the board of directors of L’Oreal, it was also replaced by grandson Jean-Victor Meyer.

In January 2015, a lawsuit was opened in French Bordeaux about extortion from Bettencourt of hundreds of millions of euros. 10 people from the environment of the billionaire took part in the case. Photographer Francois-Marie Bagnier, who, according to the investigation, received more than $ 1 billion from Bettencourt in the form of gifts and cash, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined.


2. Alice Walton

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Condition: $ 33.8 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 17

Source of Wealth: Wal-Mart

Citizenship: United States

Old age: 67

Marital Status: divorced

Alice Walton is the only daughter of the founder of the Walmart retail chain Sam Walton. She is known for funding political campaigns and passion for art. The first object of art she bought at the age of 10 years was a reproduction of the “Blue Nude” by Pablo Picasso, which was sold in the first store owned by her father – the franchise network Ben Franklin Stores. Now her own collection of art is estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2011, she opened the Museum of American Art in Bentonville (Arkansas), which features, among others, the work of Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Mark Rothko.


1. Lilian Bettencourt

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world’s richest women

Status: $ 41.8 billion

Place in the world ranking Forbes-2017: 14

Source of Wealth: L’Oreal

Nationality: France

Age: 94 years old

Marital status: widow, one child

Lilian Bettencourt is the daughter and heiress of Eugène Schuler, the founder of the L’Oreal empire. Now she owns 33% of the company, which owns brands such as Lancome and Garnier. Since 2011, Bettancourt’s fortune is controlled by her daughter Françoise Bettancourt Meyer and two grandchildren – such a decision was pronounced by the court, admitting that she is not able to manage cases because of dementia. In 2012, on the board of directors of L’Oreal, it was also replaced by grandson Jean-Victor Meyer.

In January 2015, a lawsuit was opened in French Bordeaux about extortion from Bettencourt of hundreds of millions of euros. 10 people from the environment of the billionaire took part in the case. Photographer Francois-Marie Bagnier, who, according to the investigation, received more than $ 1 billion from Bettencourt in the form of gifts and cash, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined.


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