When you consider the wealthiest people in the world, you might first think of Hollywood actresses. But there are a staggering amount of wealthy female billionaires in the business world and beyond. Women are just as capable of being rich heiresses, CEOs, inventors, and company owners as men are.
We're taking a look at the top ten richest women in the world in 2019. These results are according to the findings from Finances Online. The wealthiest woman on this list has a jaw-dropping net worth of more than $50 billion. Can you imagine?! Find out how she earned her pile of money below!
10 Iris Fontbona
Iris Fontbona is notable for being one of the wealthiest women in Chile. She inherited one of the biggest Chilean conglomerates, Antofagasta PLC, which is vital to the economic sector of the country. She acquired her billion-dollar fortune after her husband, Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, passed away in 2005. She and her family control Antofagasta now and have done steady work in making the mining company even more profitable in the last few years.
She does quite a bit of philanthropy and has broken several records for the amount of money she donates to charitable organizations which are often in the million-dollar range. According to Celeb Net Worth, Fontbana makes around $2.74 million dollars a day or $83.33 million a month! That would mean this year alone she has made almost $750 million this year alone.
9 Gina Rinehart
Despite being the 9th richest woman in the world, Gina Rinehart is at the top of the wealthiest people of Australia. Her wealth stems from being the heiress of and the chairman of Hancock Prospecting, a privately owned mining magnate and mineral exploration company. Her father, Lang Hancock, founded the company.
After her father died, Rinehart inherited a majority stake in the company and became the new executive chairman although most of her shares were divided into trusts for her children. In recent years, the mining area of Australia has slowed, but Rinehart's net worth is still significant in size. As of 2019, Gina Reinhart's net worth is $14.8 billion. It has fallen slightly since last year. Due to the decline of iron ore prices, her net worth has fallen by about 10.6%, according to Forbes, but she still keeps her top spot as Australia's richest person.
8 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
As her name suggests, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is one of the owners of the second-largest beer brewer, Heineken International. She is the richest woman in the United Kingdom and has an estimated net worth of $15.8 billion in total. She received her law degree from Leiden University. Her father, Freddy Heineken, passed away in 2002. After his passing, Charlene inherited another $3 billion.
She is married to the former child actor, Michel de Carvalho. Although he once starred in films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Tin Star, he is now the vice-chairman of the investment group, Citigroup. Heineken has taken a bit of a hit in the last year which may be why Charlene's overall net worth has declined from last year's $15.8 billion to $14.2 billion.
7 Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson is an American billionaire. She is the president and executive officer of Fidelity Investments. She is also the chairman of the international branch. Johnson attended a private school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She eventually attended Harvard School of Business. Johnson holds an estimated 24.5% of the shares at her company with her family owning almost half of it.
Since 2016, she has had full control over Fidelity Investments. She joined right after she graduated from Harvard and has been ascending through the ranks since that time. She became the CEO after her father vacated the role. As of 2019, she ranks as number 71 in the world of billionaires although her overall net worth has decreased to $15.6 billion from last year's $17.3.
6 Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatton has an astounding net worth of $19.6 billion. She is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt and a German heiress. Klatton is the richest woman in Germany. Klatton got her degree in business finance and then started working at an advertising agency known as Young & Rubicam. She continued pursuing business by working at the Dresdner Bank in London.
Klatten, like many other people with her exorbitant amount of wealth, has used aliases in the past to keep her identity anonymous at various jobs. There is an intriguing documentary film titled The Silence of the Quandt that talks about Klatton's family history. On the list of 2019 billionaires, Susanne Klatten is at number 46. She has lost about $4 billion since last year in terms of her net worth yet still retains a staggering net worth of $21 billion overall.
5 Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene might be one of the most recognizable names on this list. She is the wife of the late Steve Jobs. Beyond her accumulated wealth from her husband's Apple legacy, Laurene is a businesswoman in her own right. She founded the Emerson Collective, which is a vital voice in the field of immigration reform and social justice.
She is also the co-founder of College Track, a company that aims to help disadvantaged teenagers prepare for college. Laurene is always involved in different philanthropy projects. She is a founding member of the Climate Leadership Council and she attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Laurene Powell Jobs and other billionaires have been hit hard by Trump's demands for them to find other avenues beyond China. She has made an overwhelming $18.6 billion this year but it is less than the $20.5 she made last year.
4 Yang Huiyan
Yang Huiyan is the richest woman in Asia and the fourth-richest woman in the world. Her IPO real estate business has increased since last year and she has earned millions more than she did in 2018 with her total net worth now ranking somewhere around $22.1 billion instead of $21.9. She attended Ohio State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. The majority of her wealth comes from Country Garden Holdings.
Yang Huiyan is a majority shareholder in the company in addition to being a Chinese property developer. Yang Huiyan's father is Yang Guoqiang. He started Country Garden real estate back in 1997. The company was on par with Google in terms of the amount of money raised back in 2004. She is a vice-chairman on the board.
3 Jacqueline Mars
With a net worth of $27 billion, it's not surprising to learn that Jacqueline Mars is an American heiress. Over the past few years, her business has been steady and she has consistently earned at least $500 million. Her net worth has only shifted by a few million each year for the past three. Her grandfather, Frank C. Mars, is one of the founders of Mars, Incorporated candy company.
She is the third-richest woman in the world and the 38th richest person in the world. As an heiress to the Mars fortune, she has a certain amount of shares in the company which is what composes her massive net worth. Jacqueline served as the President of the Food Product Group company until she retired in 2001.
2 Alice Walton
Walmart is an international brand and so it makes sense that someone who is the heir to the Walmart fortune would be one of the richest women in the world. Walton was formerly number one on this ranking but was recently surpassed by Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers. Walmart has taken a little bit of a hit in stocks this year and as such, Walton earned several million less than usual. Her net worth is still around $44.4 billion.
She is the daughter of Sam Walton, who founded Walmart. Walton founded the Llama Company, a notable investment bank, where she served as CEO and president. She also has a passion for art and horseback riding.
1 Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers -
As of this year, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world. Her net worth has increased over the past few years and is almost at $60 billion now meaning she's earned more than $500 million this year alone, potentially more. The primary source of her monstrous income is from the company L'Oreal, which her family owns. She is the sole daughter and inheritor of the heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
Beyond her family's money, Meyers is an accomplished author. She makes a living from writing commentaries about the Bible, focusing specifically on the relationship between Jewish and Christian people. At present, Meyers is married to Jean-Pierre Meyers. She has two children and is the daughter of one of the modern makers of advertising, Eugène Schueller, who is also the founder of L'Oreal.