How Rich Are The World’s Richest Women?

A total of 2,370 individuals had the honour of appearing on Forbes’ latest World Billionaires List. If you take a closer look, you’ll notice a pattern – most of them are men!

But what about the richest women in the world? That’s the subject of our latest visualisation, which illustrates where the world’s richest women in the world, how much they are worth, and in which industry they acquired their wealth.

Richest women in the world
(HowMuch.net, a financial literacy website)
  • Francoise Bettencourt Meyers — granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder — is now the wealthiest woman in the world, and the 12th richest person in the world.
  • Half of the top 10 richest women live in the US.

This data comes from Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The circles around the map represent the top 35 richest women in the world, with her rank on the list of the richest women, her photo, her net worth, and the flag representing her country.

The circles are also colour-coded, with a darker shade of pink indicating a larger net worth.

Similarly, the larger circles correspond to greater wealth. Each circle also lists the individual’s associated industry or company. All values are expressed in US dollars.

Top 10 Richest Women

1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family: $73.4 billion

2. Julia Flesher Koch & Family: $61.1 billion

3. Alice Walton: $57.6 billion

4. Mackenzie Scott: $53.5billion

5. Jacqueline Mars: $41.1 billion

6. Yang Huiyan: $28.6 billion

7. Gina Rinehart: $27.6 billion

8. Abigail Johnson: $25.3 billion

9. Iris Fontbona & Family: $23.6 billion

10. Susanne Klatten: $22.9 billion

The richest women in the world represent several industries, including fashion & retail, food & beverage, and real estate. In addition, a few famous families are represented in the visualisation.

For example, five of the top 35 women are from the Mars family. Similarly, Alice Walton is an heir to the Walmart fortune.

Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, remarried. She and her new husband joined her commitment to donate most of their fortune to philanthropic efforts.

As part of their divorce settlement in 2019, MacKenzie received 25% of Jeff’s Amazon stake or 4% of the company.

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