15 Of The Richest Women in the World! 15.
Jocelyn Wildenstein $2.5 Billion Jocelyn Wildenstein, better known as “The
Catwoman” for her extensive plastic surgery to look more like a feline than a female.
These cosmetic surgeries are said to have cost over $2 Million. Although she comes from
a wealthy family, she acquired most of her vast fortune from a divorce settlement from
former husband Alec Wildenstein. Although reports on her actual net worth vary from
source to source, she received $2.5 billion from her divorce settlement, one of the largest
in history. In fact, her yearly food and wine expenditures alone reach over $500,000! 14.
Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart $4.9 Billion Not only was Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart the
18th Duchess of Alba, Spain, according to Guinness World Records, she was also the most
titled noble in the world with about 50 royal titles! The Duchess was most recently remembered
for her marriage at the age of 85 to the much younger Alfonso Díez, who was 24 years her
junior. However, Cayetana should perhaps be better remembered for her generous financial
contributions to charity. 13.
Sandra Ortega Mera $6.4 Billion Also from Spain Sandra Ortega Mera is not
only is the richest woman in Spain, but she is also the youngest billionaire in all of
Europe. Mera is the daughter and heiress of Spanish business magnate, Amancio Ortega Gaona
(currently the wealthiest man in Europe), who is the founder and chairman of Inditex
fashion group. Mera inherited a 75% stake in Inditex when her mother passed in 2013.
The company is famous for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories. 12.
Katharine Rayner $7.1 Billion American billionaire heiress, Katharine Rayner,
is the daughter of Anne Cox Chambers, the current head of media conglomerate Cox Enterprises,
Inc. Rayner became the 15th richest woman in the world when her mother distributed 49%
of Cox Enterprises, Inc. shares to her and her siblings. Rayner like several of the other
billionaires featured on this list is not involved with her family’s company, but,
is heavily involved with philanthropy. Rayner is currently holds a position as board member
of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. Rayner is also on the board of directors for
the New York Public Library and the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hampton’s. She also has
a bit of a “green thumb”, and has a sprawling eclectic garden at her home that is worthy
of a Disney film. 11.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus $8.7 Billion Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, known as “the tsarina”
by the French press, is owner of global merchant company: the Louis Dreyfus Company. Her company
is involved in international shipping, telecommunications, real estate, hedge funds, finance, agriculture,
ocean vessels, food processing, and more. Interestingly Margarita is the widow of Robert
Louis-Dreyfus who was cousins with American actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, famous for playing
Elaine in the TV show Seinfeld. Also Margarita is the mother of two sets of twins. She gave
birth to her new twin girls earlier this year at age 53! 10.
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti $9.6 Billion The Italian billionaire heiress, Massimiliana
Landini Aleotti, owns giant pharmaceutical company Menarini, along with her two children.
The company is widely popular for being committed to researching pharma-cological solutions
for therapeutic areas such as asthma, anti-infectives, oncology, inflammation, and cardiovascular
diseases, among others. Although she has tried to spend as much time out of the limelight
as possible, in 2010 she was accused of Tax Evasion, she however declined to comment publicly
on the matter. 9.
Blair Parry-Okeden $10.7 Billion Although she is Australia’s richest person
by net worth, Blair Parry-Okeden is actually American born. Blair’s grandfather James
M. Cox (once a governor of Ohio and U.S. Representative) founded the communications and automotive
company Cox Enterprises, Inc. Although the media conglomerate is actually ran by Blair’s
aunt, Anne Cox Chambers, Blair still holds a large share of the company. Blair originally
moved to Australia to be with her, now ex-husband, where they started a family. Blair is known
to be a very generous person in her community, but, is also very modest and private. Interestingly
she is also a bit of a wordsmith and has even had a children’s book published. 8.
Iris Fontbona $10.8 Billion Iris Fontbona widow, of billionaire Andronico
Luksic, is the richest woman in Chile.. Her and her family controls Antofagasta, one of
largest copper mines in the world. The mining company’s shares have almost tripled in
the past year, a primary reason for Fontbona and her family’s fortune increasing dramatically
since 2010. Fontbona also holds a large number of shares in the beverage making and consumer
packaging corporation, Quinenco which is one of Chile’s largest business conglomerates
with annual revenue of $20 billion 7.
Gina Rinehart $11.4 Billion Mining heiress Gina Rinehart was Australia’s
first female billionaire. Rinehart took over her her father’s mining company, Hancock
Prospecting, at the young age of 21. At an early age she surprised critics with her business
savvy, and has revolutionized the mining business during her career. Since 2010 Rinehart has
been actively involved with Australian politics, and has been pushing for the further development
of the Australian North. She has also been an outspoken advocate for the reduction of
taxes and less regulations on business.Perhaps her outspoken views on government issues has
earned her unwanted threats, because Rinehart is known to travel around in a bullet proof
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken $13.1 Billion Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch/English
businesswoman who is the Executive Director and owns 25% of the controlling interest of
Heineken International, the third largest brewing company in the world. When her father,
Freddy Heineken, died in 2002, she inherited nearly $3 billion, which made her the wealthiest
person with (shared) Dutch citizenship. 5.
Laurene Powell Jobs $17.6 Billion Although Laurene is often thought of as only
being the widow of revolutionary tech whiz Steve Jobs, like her husband, she has made
quite an impact on the world through her philanthropy and charity work. Laurene is the founder and
executive of Emerson Collective, a foundation focused on improving education and championing
immigration reform, as well as environmental conservation, and social justice. Laurene
is also the president of the board of directors and co-founder of College Track, an organization
that helps prepare low income and disadvantaged high school students for college. 4.
Maria Franca Fissolo $23.7 Billion There clearly is great fortune to be had within
candy manufacturing, because Italian candy billionaire Maria Franca Fissolo ranks in
as the world’s 4th richest women. Her company, Ferro SpA, is the second largest confectionery
company in Europe, and the third largest in the World. It is famous for such sweets and
candies as Tic-Tac mints, Mon Cheri, Kinder chocolates, and Nutella chocolate hazelnut
Jacqueline Mars $27 Billion Jacqueline Mars continues the trend of amassing
great wealth through inheritance, as she inherited ⅓ of the candy and pet food processing corporation,
Mars, from her father Franklin Clarence Mars in 1999. Jacqueline does not actively participate
in the running of her father’s candy corporation and instead focuses her wealth and energies
on the art industry. She is involved with the US Equestrian Team as a trustee, which
supports high performance horses by providing funding for training, coaching, and traveling
expenses for international events and shows. In October 2013, Jacqueline fell asleep at
the wheel while driving, crossing the highway centerline, and hit a minivan carrying six
people, one of whom died and another who lost her unborn child. Jacqueline, 74 at the time,
plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless driving and was fined $2,500 and had her license
suspended for 6 months. No civil suit was filed but a spokesperson for Ms. Mars stated
“[Mars] has provided assistance to the families involved since shortly after the accident” 2.
Alice Walton $33.5 Billion Alice Walton, the heiress of mega superstore
chain Wal-Mart, ranks in as the second richest woman in the world with a whopping net worth
of $32.3 billion!. Interestingly however, she would have topped the list as richest
woman in the world had her net worth not dropped over $7 billion last year due to the dramatic
drop in Wal-Mart’s stock. Alice Walton’s life has been wrought with controversy. Besides
being accused of not paying Wal-Mart employees a liveable wage, she has allegedly had a number
of horrendous automobile incidents, from driving into a ravine, driving while under the influence,
and even striking and killing a pedestrian in 1989. Walton however has never faced any
real consequences for any of these incidents 1.
Liliane Bettencourt $38.9 Billion To put her wealth into perspective, Liliane
Bettencourt could spend a million dollars a day for 104 YEARS before running out of
money. Liliane is the main shareholder of the French mega cosmetics company, L’Oreal.The
company was started by her father, French chemist Eugène Schueller in 1909, and Bettencourt
began working for the company as an apprentice at the early age of 15. Liliane eventually
inherited the company and was able to maintain a majority stake once the company went public.
Reportedly Bettencourt was one of the biggest victims of Bernie Madoff’s pyramid scheme
and lost some $22M euros. In 2011, Liliane was placed under the guardianship of her family
because of her declining mental health.