The most popular wealth magazine in the world Forbes, ranks the world’s wealthiest people every year. According to the data from 2016, there are more than 160 female billionaires in the world.
The top 5 list as of now is:
1) Lilliane Bettencourt
Lilliane was born in Paris, France and she’s the only living child of Louise Madeleine Berthe. Her father, Eugene Schueller co-founded L’Oreal. L’Oreal is probably the biggest cosmetics and beauty company in the world, not to mention that it was founded 108 years ago.
It safe to say that almost everyone saw an ad for L’Oreal products, their products are present on almost every continent.
Needless to say, more than 90% of her net worth can be attributed to the success of L’Oreal. Her net worth currently sits at $44 billion, she is the principal shareholder of the company.
2) Alice Walton
The second place on this list belongs to Alice Walton, she’s a part of the Walton family.
She was born in Newport, Arkansas.
Her father Sam and her mother Helen were the founders of the family’s original business.
However, less than a half of her net worth is attributed to her stake in Walmart. According to Forbes, she owns about $11 billion of Walmart shares.
Majority of Walton’s wealth derives from Bud and Sam Waltons, the founding brothers of Walmart. Alice graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, with a degree in economics.
Two of her brothers, Samuel and Jim Walton are also on the Forbes list of billionaires.
In addition to their individual net worths, the complete family is worth somewhere around $110 billion.
3) Maria Fissolo
Maria Fissolo is a former wife of an Italian billionaire, Michele Ferrero. Michelle Ferrero passed away in 2015, at the age of 89.
After his death, a portion of his wealth was transferred back to his family. The Ferrero family is a household name in Europe, they manufacture and distribute world-famous chocolates and products.
As you can see above, Ferrero company owns brands such as Kinder, Nutella, Ferrero pralines and so on. They are the third largest chocolate manufacturer in the world.
You can grab some of their products on Amazon.com. The most popular product in the United States is probably Nutella, compared to Kinder and Ferrero praline products in Europe.
A historic moment occurred in 1946, when Pietro Ferrero invented the cream mixture of hazelnuts and cocoa, which will later become the main ingredient of their products.
Maria Franca Fissolo currently resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with a net worth of $29 billion.
4) Jacqueline Mars
She is the daughter of an American businessman, Forrest Mars Sr.
Forrest invented and named some of the world’s most popular mini-chocolates.
Milky Way was introduced in 1923 and Mars was introduced in 1932.
Thirdly, M&M’s arrived in 1941. The Mars company owns a list of super-brands that are consumed by millions of people.
Jacqueline is currently 77 years old, she’s worth an estimated $28 billion as of December 2016. She attended the Bryn Mawr College, graduating with a degree in anthropology.
5) Susanne Klatten
This 55-year-old heiress is the 38th wealthiest person in the world. Herbert and Johanna Quandt were her parents.
Susanna studied marketing & management at the University of Buckingham.
Influenced by her family’s wealth, she often had to go incognito in order to achieve independence.
The vast majority of her wealth derives from her stake in BMW, German’s most famous automobile manufacturer.
Her father left her a 12.5% in BMW and a 50.1% stake in Altana. BMW and Altana are two completely different entities, one manufactures cars and one manufactures chemicals.
In summary, the collective net worth of these ladies sits at more than $158 billion.