The 10 richest women in the world
The historic US business magazine Forbes produces numerous rankings each year of the richest, most influential, or highest-earning people, and more.
Among the most interested rankings published by Forbes is one concerning the richest women in the world, whether self-made or having inherited their wealth from their parents or husband.
Here, according to Forbes, are the 10 richest women in the world and how much their wealth amounts to.
The ranking for 2023 is provided by Forbes
Every year, the historic US business magazine Forbes produces numerous rankings of the richest, most influential, or highest-earning people, and more. Among the most interesting rankings published by Forbes is that of the richest women in the world, whether self-made or having inherited their wealth from their parents or husband. Here, according to Forbes, are the 10 richest women in the world and how much their wealth amounts to.
10. Iris Fontbona ($23.1 billion)
Originally from Chile, Iris Fontbona inherited wealth from her husband Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, who died of cancer in 2005. Fontbona is a copper magnate and media owner: her main company is Antogafasta, one of the largest mining companies in the world, but she also owns the second largest commercial bank in Chile.
9. MacKenzie Scott ($24.4 billion)
Born and raised in San Francisco, MacKenzie Scott is the ex-wife of entrepreneur and billionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. The two were married from 1993 to 2019 and Scott acquired her immense fortune mainly through her divorce case from Bezos.
8. Gina Rinehart ($27 billion)
Gina Rinehart has total control of the Australian iron ore mining company Hancock Prospecting since the death of her father, the company's founder. The entrepreneur has expanded her business beyond industry, investing in media and agriculture.
7. Susanne Klatten ($27.4 billion)
Susanne Klatten owns the chemical company Altana, but is also a major shareholder in the car manufacturer BMW. In addition, the German entrepreneur is also a shareholder in 'Landa Digital Printing', a company operating in the field of digital printing and nanotechnology.
6. Rafaela Aponte-Diamant ($31.2 billion).
The daughter of a naturalised Swiss Israeli banker, Rafaela Aponte-Diamant is a self-made woman and owner of MSC, the 'Mediterrean Shipping Company', the world's largest shipping company by container capacity. Subsequently, MSC has expanded its business to include cruises, all thanks to the fundamental contribution of Rafaela and her husband, the Italian Gianluigi Aponte: the two met when she was a passenger on a ship on which Gianluigi was captain.
5. Miriam Adelson ($35 billion)
An Israeli physician and publisher, in 1991 Miriam Adelson married American tycoon Sheldon Adelson, who died in 2021. Her husband was the founder, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a group that owns one of the world's largest hotel-casino chains, as well as the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
4. Jacqueline Mars ($38.3 billion)
Jacqueline inherited the American Mars Group, founded by her great-grandfather Frank C. Mars. Mars is a US multinational food company that started out as a confectionery manufacturer and later specialised in other foodstuffs such as rice, sauces and pet food.
3. Alice Walton ($56.7 billion)
Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of the Wal-Mart supermarket chain. Although part of her father's company, Alice Walton has focused mainly on art over the years and founded the 'Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art' in her hometown Bentonville, Arkansas. Her private art collection is immense and valued in hundreds of millions of dollars.
2. Julia Koch ($59 billion)
Julia Koch is the widow of David Koch, of Koch Industries, a company primarily active in energy production and oil refining, which in 2020 became the largest private company in the US by revenue.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers ($80.5 billion)
For the third year in a row, the richest woman in the world is Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the 11th richest person in the world, including men. Most of the French entrepreneur's wealth comes from her stake in the L'Oréal group, which is active in the beauty sector. Bettencourt Meyers controls 33% of L'Oréal together with her family and inherited the stake from her mother, who died in 2017.