I am sure you can name without hesitation the richest men in the world; Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Warren Buffet and so on. But what if I asked you to name the richest women in the world? You’re hesitant, right? That’s because rich lists often focus on men rather than women but here is a list of top 10 richest women in the world as of 2018. Similarly, to men some of these women are self-made whilst others have inherited a fortune from their parents. The list and stats have been accumulated from Forbes.
10. Katherine Rayner
Katherine holds an estimated stake of 17% in popular media house Cox enterprises; she inherited this share from her mother Cox Chambers. The company was started by her grandfather and the revenue of the company is estimated at $20 billion. With a 17% stake her share adds up to an estimated $8.7 billion.
9. Kristin Rausing
Kirsten Rausing is the granddaughter of Ruben Rausing, the founder of Tetra Pak, the predecessor of the Swiss giant in the Tetra Laval packaging industry. She is on the board of directors and owns one third of its shares (the other two are owned by her brothers). Her net worth in the year 2018 is estimated at 8.9 billion USD.
8. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
In case you haven’t already guessed, she owns a share in the world famous brewing company, Heineken, the famous alcoholic beverages. Her controlled interest in the company stands at 25%. Her company is the 3rd most popular alcoholic beverages company in the world and she earns the title of managing director at the company. After her father passed away he left her an inheritance of 3 Billion, adding to her total estimated net worth of now $15.9 billion.
7. Iris Fontbona
Iris recently joined the rich list in 2017 following the death of her husband Andronico Luksic. Luksic was the founder of a beverage and mining company and left his earnings to his wife along with their three sons after he passed away from cancer in 2005. She now owns her businesses which include Antofagasta palace and a copper mine in Chile. They also own luxury hotels, resorts and major stakes in other companies, rounding their total net worth to $16.8 billion.
6. Abigail Johnson
She is the granddaughter of Edward Johnson II, the man behind Fidelity Investment, which was a highly successful mutual funds bank founded in 1946. During her college days she did summer internships at Fidelity and after completing her MBA from Harvard in 1988 she joined as a full time analyst. Her father Ned Johnson II was the CEO of Fidelity before 2014 till Abigail took over and eventually became chairman in 2016. Her stake in the firm is estimated at 24.5%, landing her a net worth of $19.9 billion.
5. Laurene Powell Jobs
Powell was married to the co-founder of Apple Inc., late Steve Jobs. Although she inherited Steve Jobs fortune, she also has founded her own organisation by the name of Emerson collective. She has a net worth of $21.3billion. Emerson collective is an organisation that aims to advance social reforms and assist children that are less fortunate through entrepreneurship. She is also the CEO of “College Track” that is a non-profit organization and aides underprivileged students to graduate from college. She also has shares in the Atlantic magazine and has earned over $100 million via her projects “XQ: the super school project” which aims to improve the curriculum at public schools in America.
4. Yang Huiyan
Yang Huiyan hold the majority of shares in the Chinese company “Country Gardens Holdings”. She ranks at number 24 as the wealthiest person residing in China. Huiyan is also the wealthiest woman in Asia and is considered to be the youngest female billionaire. Her father Yang Guo Lang transferred 70% of his shares to his daughter making her one of the wealthiest women in China. Her net worth amounts to $22.3 billion.
3. Maria Franca Fissolo
Her husband left her a fortune of an estimated $25.2 billion making her the richest European on the list. She is the widow of the founder of one of the most popular chocolates in the world, Ferrero Rocher. Michele Ferrero, her late husband, also owned scrumptious eateries such as Nutella and Kinder. The company is now managed by her son.
2. Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars owns the Mars confectionery company which is the third largest confectionery in the world. Her share stands at one third and she shares the company with her brothers. However, one brother Forest Junior passed away last year. She worked at her family business for over 20 years and finally joined the board until she retired two years later and now considers herself a philanthropist. Her estimated net worth is a whopping $27 billion.
1. Alice Walton
According to Forbes, in 2018 Mrs Walton has become the world’s richest woman. Last year she stood at number 2. Her father, Sam Walton was the founder of highly popular supermarket chain in the USA, Walmart. She is the only daughter of the 67 year old and has an estimated net worth of $33.8 billion. She focuses more on arts and is the chairman of crystal bridges museum of American art in Arkansas, her hometown