Gone are the days when women were confined to the four walls of their homes. The time when women used to solely live on their father’s or husband’s money has become history and this history will definitely not repeat itself.Today, there are many women who are earning for themselves and some of them even billionaires. Here are 15 richest women in the world
15) Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
She was born on 1st june,1952 in Leningrad. After the death of her husband, Robert Louis-Dreyfus in 2009 she had to take over his industrial and financial empire. In December,2011, she was titled “Capitalist of the Year” by Le Nouvel Economist. Her net worth is $6 billion and she is presently working in Switzerland in the commodities sector.
14) Eva Gonda Rivera
Eva Gonda Rivera is the widow of Eugenio Garza Laguera, the former president of Femsa which is the biggest beverage company of Latin America. Eugenio passed away in 2008 and his staked was split between his wife and four daughters. They control 50% of Femsa’s shares which are traded on Mexico Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. She is the fifth richest person in Mexico and 179th richest in the world. Her net worth is $6.6 billion.
13) Savitri Jindal
With net worth of $7.6 billion, Savitri Jindal is a steel baroness from India. She is the wealthiest women in India and the world’s 80th richest person. She believes in mingling business with social work and is the catalytic force behind all the projects of OP Jindal group founded by her husband.
12) Elaine Marshal
Elaine F. Marshall was born on 18th November, 1945. She is the current Secretary of State of North Carolina. She is the widow of J. Pierce Marshall and inherited 14.6% stake in Koch Industries from his father. Her net worth is $8 billion.
11) Antonia Johnson
Antonia Axson Johnson was born in 1943. She succeded her father as the chairman of The Axel Johnson Group founded by her great grandfather in 1873. She was the third richest Swedish billionaire in 2013 with a net worth of $9.1 billion. The company has interests in food, security, energy, telecom, real estate etc.
10) Johanna Quandt
Born in 1926, Johanna Quandt is the widow of the German industrialist Herbert Quandt, who resurrected BMW from bankruptcy. She is the 100th richest person of the world. She still owns 16.7% of BMW. She supports child-cancer institutes. Her estimated worth is $10.6 billion.
09) Laurene Powell Jobs
She was born on 6th of November,1963. She is the wealthiest woman of the Sillicon Valley. She is a great social worker who is concerned with education, social justice and environmental conservation. She is the widow of Steve Jobs and controls Steve Jobs Trust which owns around 130 to 140 million shares of stock between 7 and 8 percent stake as the largest shareholder of the Walt Disney Company. The net worth of her assets is $10.7 billion.
8) Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
She was born on 30th June 1954, in Amsterdam. She owns Heineken International, world’s third-largest brewery. With a net worth of $11 billion making her one of the richest women of Britain. When her father passed away in 2002, she inherited a fortune of £3billion sterling.
7) Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers was born on 1st December,1919 in Dayton,Ohio. She is an America media proprietor who holds a stake in Cox Enterprises. Her father was James M. Cox. She owned the company with Barbara Cox Anthony, who died on May 28, 2007. Today, she is 93 years old and has a net worth of $12 billion.
6) Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson has a net worth of $12.7 billion through money management. She is the president of Fidelity Investments Personal and workplace Investing which was founded by Edward C Johnson II. The Edward family owns 49% stake in the company. She completed MBA at Havard University and joined Fidelity Investments as an analyst in 1988. She took over as the President in August,2012.
5) Miuccia Prada
Miuccia Prada is an Italian fashion designer of the luxury clothing brand Prada. She manages the company with her husband Patrizio Bertelli. She has always been among the Best Dressed women of the world. In 1985, she had her first hit when she designed a line of black, finely-woven nylon handbags. she was awarded the first International Designer of the Year at the 2013 British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum. Her net worth is $12.4 billion.
4) Susanne Klaten
Susanne Klatten is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quant. Her net worth is $14.3 billion which makes her the richest woman in Germany and the 44th richest person in the world. Susanne, Stefan Quant and Johanna Quant together own almost 50% of BMW.
3) Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars was born on 10th October,1939. She is the grand daugter of Frank Mars and daughter of Forrest Mars who founded the candy company Mars Incorporated. Shne shares the empire with her brother Forrest Mars Jr. With assets worth $17 billion she is the 36th richest person of the world and the third-richest woman of the U.S.
2) Christy Walton
She is the widow of John T. Walton and daughter in law of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. After the death of her husband she inherited his fortune of $18.2 billion. Today her total worth is $28.2 billion making her the 9th richest person in the world.
1) Liliane Bettencourt
Liliane was born on 21st October,1922. She is one of the principke shareholders of L’Oreal. Her estimated worth is $30 billion. She was the only child of Louise Madeleine Berthe and Eugène Schueller, the founder of L’Oréal, one of the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty companies. She is an heiress, a businesswoman and philanthropist.