The guys may have the notoriety but the world’s richest women aren’t far behind. From retail to candy conglomerates the women of the world are to be reckoned with when it comes to making huge money. There are over 100 women billionaires and the numbers are growing. The top ten richest women in the world 2013 are listed below:
10) Jacqueline Mars $12 Billion
Jacqueline Mars is a real sweet star of this list being the heiress to the Mars candy fortune. The 72 year old Mars is a Bryn Mawr College grad. The mother of three makes many top lists for wealth.
9) Abigail Johnson $13 Billion
As President of Fidelity Investments, Johnson is the 51 year old graduate of William Smith college and Harvard Business School. She’s Married to Christopher J. McKown. Born Abigail Pierrepont Johnson in Boston, Massachusetts she works for her father Edward C. Johnson III. She has held many positions in her father’s company proving her worth hundreds of times over. She’s gained the kudos of being a member of the prestigious Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
8) Savitri Jindal $14.2 Billion
Jindal the chairperson of O.P. Jindal Group. The 62 year old Indian lives in Hisar, Haryana, India. She’s the wife of late O. P. Jindal. She’s a bona fide steel industry mogul and the richest woman in India. She’s also in politics as a member of Haryana Vidhan Sbha legislative assembly and was once Minister of Power in the Haryana government. She took over her husband’s interests in 2005 after his death.
7) Anne Cox Chambers $14.4 Billion
Born in 1919 in Dayton, Ohio the Atlanta, Georgia resident was educated at Finch College. She’s the top owner of Cox Enterprises. The graduate of Finch college is 93 years old. Her Cox enterprises is a monster sied media conglomerate comprised of everything from television, radio, newspapers, cable, internet and more. For decades she and her sister handled their late father’s interests in Cox and other things. That give her 7th place in the list of Richest Women 2013
6) Birgit Rausing $15.5 Billion
Born Birgit Mayne around 1919 the Swiss resident makes this list at number five. The daughter of Swedish painter Henry Mayne it’s no doubt why she’s also a patron of the arts. She made her fortune from her husband Gad who passed away in 2000. This makes her not only the top fifth wealthiest woman in the world but the third wealthiest in Switzerland.
5) Susanne Klatten $18.6 Billion
German billionaires Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt aka Susanne Klatten is number five on this list. The 50 year old is the richest woman in Germany. The business savvy Klatten got her degree in business finance and continued her education getting both an MBA and IMD. The heiress to the drug company giant Altana also sits on the board of the company. Not only that but her father bestowed upon her his shares in BMW. She’s a wife and mom of three children. Klatten has had her share of drama and controversy and that comes along with a well publicized blackmail attempt and her Quandt family’s activities during the rule of the Nazis.
4) Iris Fontbona and family $19.2 Billion
The widow of Andronico Luksic the late Chilean billionaire, Iris is listed along with the Luksic family for her wealth. She married Luksic in 1961 until his death in 2005.
3) Alice Walton $22.2 Billion
Another Walton family member makes this top ten list. None other than 63 year old Alice Louise Walton of Millsap, Texas. The daughter of Sam and Helen Walton who founded Walmart, the Trinity University alum makes this top ten list easy. She’s got a B.A., in economics and has worked in finance. No slouch in regards to managing and raising money, Walton has made a name for herself on her own merits. She’s quite well respected in her fields and family. She’s a philanthropist like other family members and sits on her family’s foundation, the Walton Family Foundation. No stranger to bits of personal controversy it’s a given she would make this top ten list and may rise higher.
2) Liliane Bettencourt $24.5 Billion
The principal shareholder of L’Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt is one of a kind. She’s the kind of woman who fits the high profile rich lady. She’s like something out of a romance novel or James Bond movie. Born in France in 1922, Her real name is Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller. She’s married to Andre Bettencourt. She’s a renown socialite, philanthropist, and sharp businesswoman. L’Oreal is probably the world’s biggest cosmetics companies. She worked her way up through her father’s company then married Andre Bettencourt in 1950. Believe it or not she was a member of a violent fascist terrorist group called La Cagoule that supported the Nazis during WWII. She inherited the L ‘Oreal company upon her father’s death in 1957. No stranger to scandal or headlines, Bettencourt remains one of the wealthiest persons in the world.
1) Christy Walton $28.5 Billion
The 64 year old Walmart heiress from Jackson, Wyoming takes the top spot with $29.9 billion. Her husband was John T. Walton who is deceased. Born Christy Ruth Walton in 1949. She’s held the title of world’s richest woman for quite some time and even has been in the top ten list of richest people in the world. Walton is a renown philanthropist she’s dished out millions to charities and other philanthropic pursuits. She’s also an active member of her family’s philanthropic endeavors.
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