15 Women Who Are Worth More than $1 Billion

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You’ve heard Oprah’s inspiring story and how she made a name and fortune for herself despite having a rough childhood. Being a big star and having a net worth of $3B you might expect to see Oprah on the Forbes’ top 15 richest women in the world, but she’s not. On this list are the names of women who are surprisingly way richer than Oprah.

15. Carrie Perrodo (net worth: $8.8B)

A top model before meeting her French businessman husband, Hubert Perrodo, Carrie Perrodo ranks among the top 15 of the world’s richest women. Besides establishing her own modelling agency, Carrie’s Models (which she sold a few years back), Carrie and her three children were left with a big fortune from their oil company Perenco when her husband died in 2006 during a trip to the Alps. Perenco is known to be one of the biggest oil companies in the world owned by a family. The company is estimated to earn $5B in annual revenues.

14. Massimilian Landini Aleotti (net worth: $10.4B)

Massimilian Landini Aleotti and her children inherited Menarini, Italy’s leading pharmaceutical company, when her husband Alberto died at the age of 91 in 2014.  Menarini is a drug company empire in Italy with more than 16,000 employees and 14 manufacturing sites around the globe. Last year, Menarini was reported to have earned $3.8B in annual revenues.

13. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (net worth: $11.6B)

From a stay at home mom without a business degree, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken took the challenge and became an executive director of Heineken Holdings NV when her father entrusted her with running one of the world’s largest breweries in 2002. She now holds 25% of the company and has a net worth of almost $12B.

12. Gina Rhinehart (net worth: $11.6B)

Known as the “queen of the global iron-ore trade”, Gina Rinehart is the chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting which she inherited from her father, Lang Hancock. Rhinehart proved that she’s more than an heiress when she expanded the mining company into the business of oil and gas.

In March of 2014, Rhinehart was able to close a funding worth $7.2B from different banks to further expand Roy Hill, one of the world’s leading iron-ore companies, wherein she earns 70% of the holdings.


11. Abigail Johnson (net worth: $13.4B)

Following her acceptance to take her father’s position as the CEO of Fidelity Investments in 2014, Abigail Johnson now runs the second largest mutual funds company in the US. She is not only one of the richest in the world, but is also named by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

10. Iris Fontbona (net worth: $13.5B)

The top 10 world’s richest woman is a Chilean businesswoman, Iris Fontbona. She was married to business magnate, Andronico Luksic Abaroa who left her and their children multi-billion dollar businesses when he succumbed to cancer in 2005. One of the companies that Fontbona inherited is Antofagasta, one of the largest copper mining firms in the world.

9. Johanna Quandt (net worth: $13.9B)

Johanna Quandt is the widow of German industrialist Herbert Quandt, who bought and saved BMW out of bankruptcy. Today, Johanna owns major shares in BMW, one of the world’s popular automobile brands.

Interestingly, Johanna was the secretary and personal assistant of Herbert before they married in 1960.

8. Susanne Klatten  (net worth: $16.8B)

Germany’s wealthiest woman ranks 8th on the list of the world’s richest ladies. Klatten is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt, owners of BMW. After the passing of her father, Klatten inherited 12.6% stake of the automobile company. Besides that, Klatten helped establish Altana AG, one of the world’s leaders in specialty chemicals, in which she also inherited 50% of the company.

7. Anne Cox Chambers (net worth: $17B)

The 7th wealthiest woman in the world is the American heiress, Anne Cox Chambers. Chambers owes most of her fortune to her father, James M. Cox, founder of the Cox Enterprises, a mass media empire that has TV, cable TV, radio, and newspaper businesses under its firm.

6. Laurene Powell Jobs (net worth: $19.5B)

The better half of the late Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs is the 6th richest woman in the world. Most of her time and wealth are focused on social causes. In fact, Jobs is the founder of Emerson Collective that pushes for policies that concerns education, social justice, environmental preservation, and immigration reform. Besides this, Jobs is also the president and co-founder of College Track that empowers less fortunate youth to graduate from college.

5. Maria Franca Fissolo  (net worth: $23.4B)

Maria Franca Fissolo is the widow of Michele Ferrero, who built a large business company manufacturing sweets. The Ferrero group is known for their products such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and the Tic-Tac mints.

4. Jacqueline Mars (net worth: $26.6B)

Like Fissolo, Jacqueline Mars owes her billions of fortune to their candy company, Mars. Mars is the world’s largest candy company with products such as Snickers, M&M’s, and Milky Way under its brand. Jacqueline and her two brothers serve as the board of directors for the company that was established by their grandfather Frank in 1911.

3. Alice Walton (net worth: $39.4B)

Another heiress to her family’s fortune, Alice Walton is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton. Despite her father’s success in the business, Alice focused on her love for the arts. She now serves as the chairperson of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. It was reported that some of the museum’s pieces amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars came from Alice’s own collection.

2. Liliane Bettencourt  (net worth: $40.7B)

Daughter of L’Oreal founder Eugene Schueller, Liliane Bettencourt is the second richest woman in the world. Even after losing a legal battle with her daughter with regard to managing the cosmetic company in 2011 and a case of 10 people allegedly stealing millions of euros from her, Bettencourt still managed to grow her fortune after buying 8% stakes of L’Oreal and raising her share of the company to 33%.

1. Christy Walton (net worth: $41.7B)


With a net worth of $41.7B, Christy Walton, the richest woman in the world is almost 14 times richer than Oprah. This title is no surprise to her, as she has remained in the top spot for five years now. She is the widow of John Walton, founder of First Solar and son of Sam Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, which she owes the bulk of her fortune to.

Walton is a philanthropist who is reported to have donated billions of dollars to charitable works. She also holds positions for social work groups such as the Children’s Scholarship Fund.

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