Money is one of the main desires of any person, for which everyone works and lives. Financial well-being is one of the main indicators of a person’s success and wealth. Among the richest people in the world there are representatives of both sexes, although the lists are dominated by men. However, out of a total of 1,645 billionaires, 172 are women. This is not an exact ratio, but approximately two-thirds, i.e. 1,080 billionaires made their fortune on their own, without the support of their wealthy families. The United States tops the list with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152 billionaires and Russia with 111. These are just a few interesting facts about the rich of this world – more interesting information awaits you in the article. Here is a list of the 10 richest women in the world for 2014, according to the Forbes ranking. The companies they own are also listed.
Many of you have already read about the richest people in the world, but it consists entirely of men. Here we will focus exclusively on the richest women.
Johanna Quandt ($12.8 billion)
Hebert Quandt’s wife, Johanna, saved carmaker giant BMW from bankruptcy. The fortune of one of the richest women in the world totals $ 12.8 billion. She is also known for her generous charities and donations in support of children’s cancer institutes. Her daughter Susanne Klatten and son Stefan Quandt also own shares in the car manufacturer and successfully manage their companies.
Lauren Powell Jobs ($14 billion)
The widow of Steve Jobs owns 7-8% of the total Share of Disney. She is also known for her philanthropic work in Education, environmental protection and social justice. With stakes in Disney and Apple, her net worth is $14 billion. And so she is ranked as the 9th richest woman in the world in the 2014 Forbes list.
Ann Cox Chambers ($15.5 billion)
Ann Cox Chambers is the daughter of the owner of media giant Cox Enterprises, which brings together television, radio, cable networks and other companies. According to Forbes, in 2014 she was worth $15.5 billion.
Abigail Johnson ($17.3 billion)
Abigail runs a family business founded by her grandfather and father. She graduated from Harvard Business School and subsequently joined the business. Since 1988, she has controlled the company in various senior positions. She was eventually given the presidency in 2012. Fast growing company Fidelity Financial Services is valued at $17 billion, making Abigail Johnson one of the ten richest women in the world.
Suzanne Klatten ($17.4 billion)
The richest person in Germany is the daughter of Johanna Klandt (No. 10 on the list) – Susanne Klatter. The business lady studied finance, business and advertising before stepping into the legacy business. Lady owns about half (50%) of the shares of automaker BMW. Altana is a Pharmaceutical Project, which is also controlled and managed with her participation. Other Investments include SGL (nearly 10%) and 25% in Nordex (wind turbine manufacturer).
Gina Rinehart ($17.7 billion)
Gina Rinehart is undoubtedly the richest woman in Australia. She is currently the head of her family’s mining business; she also has a large stake in the media holding Fairfax Media. BRW (Business Review Weekly) featured her as the 4th richest woman in the world last year.
Jacqueline Mars ($20 billion)
Like most of the richest women, Jacqueline also inherited her late father’s business. The heiress received Mars, the largest candy brand in America, valued at $20 billion. Mars produces candies, foods, drinks, various chewing gums and hard candies. Forbes included Mars in the list of the 15 richest American brands, naming Jacqueline the richest American woman.
Alice Walton ($34.3 billion)
Alice is behind her sister-in-law Christy, who is number 1 on the list. In 2012, Alice was announced as the second richest American woman (next to Christie) and the 10th richest American. Alice is known to be a very sharp and competent economist and financial expert. The owner of the WalMart supermarket chain is respected for her philanthropic work and numerous donations. For example, working with Arkansas Northwest Regional Airport is one of the brightest examples of social work.
Liliane Bettencourt ($34.5 billion)
The L’Oreal heiress is the 2nd richest woman in the world in 2014, with a combined net worth of $34.5 billion. At the age of 91, Bettencourt is also the oldest wealthy woman in the world. Lillian is also a social philanthropist, in addition to her business work.
Christy Walton ($36.7 billion)
Christy Walton is the richest woman in the world with $36.7 billion. Christie is currently ranked the 6th richest American and 9th richest person in the world, with her net worth of $36.7 billion. Owning 50% of First Solar and shares in WalMart, Christy Walton has been the richest woman in the world for the past eight years. It is worth adding that she inherited her entire fortune, like most of the representatives of this list.