Top 10 Richest Women in the World

Women, in general, earn less than men, this fact is widely known. This gender gap doesn’t just show in average jobs and among average citizens, but also among the wealthiest people in the world. It is therefore no surprise that all of the current Top 10 Richest People in the World are men, just as the Top 10 Richest People in History are and were all men. But the gender gap does not mean rich women do not exist. They absolutely do, as the following ranking will show you. Their nationalities, age levels and, apart from all being inherited, the sources of their wealth differ greatly, but each of the 10 richest women in the world are very wealthy and influential net billionaires. Check out the current Top 10 Ranking of the richest women in the world below.

Note: Female nation leaders (presidents, prime ministers, queens, etc.) are not counted in this ranking since their wealth is not really measurable in a reliable way. Therefore only private citizens are being listed in the Top 10 of richest women in the world.

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The 10 Richest Women in the World 2020

(as of March 2020)

1. FRANCOISE BETTENCOURT-MEYERS
Net worth: $53.2 billion
2. ALICE WALTON
Net worth: $46.4 billion
3. JACQUELINE MARS
Net worth: $27.0 billion
4. YANG HUIYAN
Net worth: $22.4 billion
5. LAUREN POWELL-JOBS
Net worth: $20.6 billion
6. SUSANNE KLATTEN
Net worth: $19.6 billion
7. ABIGAIL JOHNSON
Net worth: $16.9 billion
8. CHARLENE DE CARVALHO-HEINEKEN
Net worth: $15.8 billion
9. GINA RINEHART
Net worth: $15.5 billion
10. IRIS FONTBONA
Net worth: $14.5 billion

1. Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers - richest woman in the world

Net worth: $53.2 billion

Born: July 10, 1953 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Ile-de-France, France
Nationality: French
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of L’Oreal (inherited from her mother Liliane Bettencourt)

2. Alice Walton

alice walton - second of the richest women in the world

Net worth: $46.4 billion

Born: October 7, 1949 in Newport, Arkansas, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Walmart (inherited from her father and Walmart founder Samuel Walton)

3. Jacqueline Mars

third richest woman in the world

Net worth: $27.0 billion

Born: October 10, 1939 in Washington, D.C., USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Mars (inherited from her father Forrest Mars)

4. Yang Huiyan

Yang Huiyan - fourth of the richest women in the world

Net worth: $22.4 billion

Born: July 20, 1981 in Foshan, Guangdong, China
Nationality: Chinese
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of Country Garden (inherited from her father and Country Garden founder Yang Guoqiang)

5. Laurene Powell-Jobs

lauren powell jobs - top 5 richest women in the world
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Net worth: $20.6 billion

Born: November 6, 1963 in West Milford, New Jersey, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: Heiress to the Steve Jobs Trust (includes shares of Apple and stakes in The Walt Disney Company, inherited from her former husband Steve Jobs)

6. Susanne Klatten

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Net worth: $19.6 billion

Born: April 28, 1962 in Bad Homburg, Hesse, Germany
Nationality: German
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of BMW (inherited from her father Herbert Quandt)

7. Abigail Johnson

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Net worth: $16.9 billion

Born: December 19, 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality: American
(Main) Source of Wealth: CEO & Co-Owner of Fidelity Investments (inherited from her father Edward Johnson)

8. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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Net worth: $15.8 billion

Born: June 30, 1954 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch & British
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Heineken (inherited from her father Freddy Heineken)

9. Gina Rinehart 

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Net worth: $15.5 billion

Born: February 9, 1954 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality: Australian
(Main) Source of Wealth: Majority Owner of Hancock Prospecting (inherited from her father and Hancock Prospecting founder Lang Hancock)

10. Iris Fontbona

iris fontbona - top 10 richest women in the world

Net worth: $14.5 billion

Born: January 8, 1942 in Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Nationality: Chilean
(Main) Source of Wealth: Co-Owner of Antofagasta PLC (inherited from her former husband Andronico Luksic)

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