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The Richest Women In America 2012

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The Richest Women In America 2012

Forbes released the 2011 billionaire list ,there are 1,210 billionaires in the world in 2011, up from 1,011 last year. Of those, 102 are women, up from 89 in 2010.

While the majority of their wealth was inherited – just one woman in the Forbes top 20 richest women in the world¬† has a self-made fortune, China’s Wu Yajun –¬† many of these women are putting their money to good use in philanthropy.

#1.Christy Walton, 56

Net worth:

$24.5 billion – As of September 2011

The widow of John Walton inherited her wealth after he died in an airplane accident in 2005. Repeating her 2010 title as world’s richest woman, she got an extra bump in her fortune because of her late husband’s early investment in First Solar; shares up nearly 500% since 2006 initial public offering.

#2. Alice Walton, 61

Net worth:$2.9 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Walmart

The Wal-Mart heiress’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art set to open in Bentonville, Ark., this November. Her father, Sam Walton (d. 1922), a former clerk, founded original Bentonville store with brother James 1962. Today Wal-Mart has sales of $405 billion, employs more than 2.1 million people.

#3. Jacqueline Mars, 71

Net worth: $13.8 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Candy, pet food, U.S.

Cash-strapped consumers still have appetite for the Mars family’s nearly recession-proof products: chocolate (Snickers, M&Ms), pet food (Pedigree). Created world’s largest confectionery company by acquiring gum maker Wrigley in 2008 for $23 billion. Combined sales now exceed $30 billion.

#4. Anne Cox Chambers, 91

Net worth: $12 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Cox Enterprises

Daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox (d. 1957), who finished high school at 17 and worked as a schoolteacher and newspaper reporter before shelling out $26,000 for the Dayton Evening News in 1898.

#5. Abigail Johnson, 49

Net worth: $11.7 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Fidelity

With father controls Fidelity Investments, America’s largest mutual fund company. Firm also boasts large brokerage business and insurance outfit. Father Ned joined his father’s company as analyst 1957, president 15 years later.

#6.Blair Parry-Okeden, 60

Net worth: $6 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Cox Enterprises

Granddaughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox (d. 1957), Parry-Okeden inherited 25% stake in business after mother, Barbara Cox Anthony, passed away in 2007.

#7. Dannine Avara, 47

Net worth: $3.4 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Pipelines

The the daughter of the late Dan Duncan added $300 million to her fortune since last August as shares of Enterprise Products climbed 10% since 2010. Her father Dan Duncan, formerly the richest man in Houston, died in March of 2010 at age 77.

#7. Gayle Cook

Net worth: $3.4 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Medical devices

Gayle Cook, the wife of William Cook, inherited her husband’s stake in the medical device company after he died in April.

#7. Milane Frantz, 42

Net worth: $3.4 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Pipelines

The the daughter of the late Dan Duncan added $300 million to her fortune since last August as shares of Enterprise Products climbed 10% since 2010. Her father Dan Duncan, formerly the richest man in Houston, died in March of 2010 at age 77.

10.Randa Williams, 50

Net worth: $3.4 billion – As of September 2011

Source: Pipelines, Inherited

Daughter of the late Dan Duncan assumed control of part of his $12.4 billion pipeline empire after her father’s death March 2010 at age 77. Duncan grew up poor, starting energy company Enterprise Products with 2 trucks in 1968. Today it owns more than 49,000 miles of pipelines. Randa sits on company’s board.

[See full list on Forbes.com]

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