Top 10 Richest Women in the World (March 2024)

You know, the richest men in the World. Shall we meet the Top 10 richest women in the World? In the ever-evolving landscape of wealth and power, women are carving out their places at the summit of success like never before. From groundbreaking entrepreneurs to savvy investors, these ten formidable women have not only amassed vast fortunes but have also shattered glass ceilings, redefining what it means to be wealthy in today’s world.

Join us on an enlightening journey as we unveil the captivating stories and staggering net worths of the top 10 richest women globally. From tech tycoons to retail magnates, these trailblazers embody the essence of empowerment and financial prowess.

As we delve into the lives and achievements of these remarkable women, prepare to be inspired, awed, and perhaps even surprised by the sheer magnitude of their influence on the global economy. Let’s explore the extraordinary journeys of these modern-day titans who have conquered the realms of business, innovation, and finance, securing their places among the wealthiest individuals on the planet.

10) Iris Fontbona

Iris Balbina Fontbona González is a Chilean mining magnate, media proprietor, billionaire businesswoman, and the widow of Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, from whom she inherited Antofagasta PLC. She is the richest person in Chile and also one of the richest (I think the 3rd) in Latin America.

  • Net Worth: US$ 25.9 Billion
  • Nationality: Chile
  • Born on: 1942
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies:
    • Antofagasta: A prominent mining company headquartered in Santiago, controlled by Fontbona and her family.
    • Quiñenco: A publicly traded company through which Fontbona and her family exert control over various other companies.
    • Banco de Chile: One of the major banks in Chile, under the influence of Fontbona and her family.
    • Madeco: A significant copper products manufacturer, also controlled by Fontbona and her family.
    • CCU: The largest brewer in Chile, part of the portfolio of companies controlled by Fontbona and her family.
    • CSAV: A notable shipping company, also within the sphere of influence of Fontbona and her family.
      FN: In 2013, Fontbona held a controlling stake of 65% in Antofagasta.

09 MacKenzie Scott

MacKenzie Scott is an American novelist and philanthropist. As of January 2024, she has a net worth of US$40.6 billion, owning a 4% stake in Amazon, the company her ex-husband, Jeff Bezos founded. As such, Scott is the third-wealthiest woman in the United States and the 47th-wealthiest individual in the world.

  • Net Worth: US$ 40.6 Billion
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Born on: 1970
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Co-founder of Amazon®

08 Gina Rinehart

Georgina Hope Rinehart AO is an Australian billionaire mining magnate and heir. Rinehart is the Executive Chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting, a privately owned mineral exploration and extraction company founded by her father, Lang Hancock. Even though the fortune was inherited, she has been managing her father’s companies since 1992 (Exactly like my age of time). So, she has managed to develop her father’s Railroad and Mining companies to the best level in its history. Many business journalists and business analysts argue that even the inheritance factor may not be counted on her career success as a businesswoman.

  • Net Worth: US$ 30.3 Billion
  • Nationality: Australia
  • Born on: 1954
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited (HPPL) and the HPPL Group of companies.

07 Susanne Klatten

Susanne Hanna Ursula Klatten is a German billionaire heiress, the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt. As of January 2024, her net worth was estimated at US$ 26.6 billion, and the richest woman in Germany and the 50th richest person in the world according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Klatten owns about one-fifth of Bayerische Motoren Werke, the German manufacturer of luxury vehicles. The Munich-based company’s brands include BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce.

  • Net Worth: US$ 26.6 Billion
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Born on: 1962
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: BMW, Rolls-Royce, Mini Coopers etc

06 Rafaela Aponte-Diamant

With a net worth of $28.6 billion as of June 2023, Rafaela AponteDiamant is the world’s wealthiest self-made woman, according to Forbes’ 2023 Billionaires. Rafaela Aponte-Diamant an Italian billionaire and a major shareholder of the Mediterranean Shipping Company Group, along with her husband, Gianluigi Aponte. MSC is a famously known shipping company and you should be heard if you know at least very little things about the shipping industry. You may have noticed MSC as a prefix in most famous cargo ships across the globe and even on the top of a Container truck passing by you on a highway.

  • Net Worth: US$ 31.2 Billion (Feb 2024)
  • Nationality: Israel and Swiss and married Italian
  • Born on: 1945
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: MSC Ships
Biggest Container Ship on Planet Earth | MSC Irina

05 Miriam Adelson

Miriam Adelson is an American and Israeli physician, philanthropist and political donor of the Republican Party of the United States of America. And she is popular among Trump Supporters. She and her family inherited 56% of the shares of the world’s largest casino company when her spouse, Las Vegas Sands founder Sheldon Adelson, died in 2021.

  • Net Worth: US$ 34.5 Billion
  • Nationality: Israel / United States of America
  • Born on: 1945
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Las Vegas Sands, Israel Hayom Newspaper and a few companies owned by Las Vegas Sands

04 Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars is an American heiress and investor. She is the daughter of Audrey Ruth and Forrest Mars, Sr., and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. So, I guess you already know the Mars Chocolates and their other chocolate brands such as Mars bars, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way bars, M&Ms, Skittles, Snickers, Twix, and Bounty.

  • Net Worth: US$ 38.7 Billion
  • Nationality: Great Britain
  • Born on: 1939
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Mars Inc

03 Alice Walton

Alice Louise Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Walmart as the daughter of founder Sam Walton since 1992. In September 2016, she owned over $11 billion in Walmart shares. She has focused on curating art, rather than working for Walmart like her siblings, Rob and Jim. In 2011, she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. In 1988, Walton founded Llama Company, an investment bank, where she was president, chairwoman, and CEO. Walton was the first person to chair the Northwest Arkansas Council and played a major role in the development of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, which opened in 1998.

  • Net Worth: US$ 71.0 Billion
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Born on: 1939
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Walmart, Llama Company Bank

02 Julia Koch

Julia Margaret Flesher Koch is an American socialite and philanthropist who is one of the richest women in the world. In the annual Forbes ranking for April 2023, she ranked second among the richest women in the world with a fortune of $59 billion. Flesher Koch’s fortune is derived from the inheritance of her late husband’s 42% stake in Koch Industries, a closely held industrial conglomerate.

  • Net Worth: US$ 61.7 Billion
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Born on: 1962
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: Koch Industries

01 Françoise Bettencourt Meyers

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is a French businesswoman, philanthropist, writer, billionaire heiress, and the richest woman in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$100 billion as of December 2023, according to Forbes. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of the founder of L’Oreal. The Brand is often considered as the best mass-consumer luxury personal care cosmetics brand. She is also the 13th richest person on the Planet.

  • Net Worth: US$ 100+ Billion
  • Nationality: France
  • Born on: 1953
  • Major Sources of Wealth or Her Companies: L’oreal Cosmetics

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