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The 20 Richest Female Billionaires In The World

While many of us can name many of the world's richest men off the top of our heads (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, just to name a few), how many female billionaires can you list? Yeah, I thought so. And

While many of us can name many of the world's richest men off the top of our heads (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, just to name a few), how many female billionaires can you list? Yeah, I thought so. And it's not because they don't exist – They do! There are plenty of women out there making tons of money and living the life so many of us dream of. And they all got there in a variety of ways. But of course, many of their names will be unfamiliar to us as they tend to take a lower profile. However, one thing you can't deny is that the companies they're associated with are all some of the biggest and richest in the world.

As with many billionaires, many have inherited their wealth. While some sit back and just rake in the money, living the good life, many are actually very involved with their assets. And at least one has risen from poverty to become one of few self-made female billionaires, and her story is an inspirational one, for sure.

This list changes depending on the stock market, but as of the time of this writing, here are the top 20 richest women in the world and a little about how each one rose to the top.

19 Randa Williams - $6.2 Billion

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18 Eva Gonda de Rivera - $7.1 Billion

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17 Chan Laiwa - $7.3 Billion

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16 Blair Parry-Okeden - $8.2 Billion

15 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus - $8.6 Billion

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14 Elaine Marshall - $8.9 Billion

13 Carrie Perrodo - $9.4 Billion

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12 Charlene de Carvalho Heineken - $11.4 Billion

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11 Gina Rinehart - $11.8 Billion

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10 Iris Fontbona - $12.8 Billion

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9 Johanna Quandt - $13.1 Billion

8 Abigail Johnson - $13.6 Billion

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7 Anne Cox Chambers - $16.7 Billion

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6 Laurene Powell Jobs - $17.4 Billion

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5 Susanne Klatten - $17.6 Billion

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4 Jacqueline Mars - $24 Billion

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3 Liliane Bettencourt - $39 Billion

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2 Alice Walton - $39.7 Billion

1 Christy Walton - $42.1 Billion

The Waltons continue to hold onto the crown for being the richest family in the world, but Christy Walton holds several other distinctions as well. She's the wealthiest woman not only in the US, but also the world, beating out her sister-in-law Alice by several billion dollars. Christy married into the infamous family who created Wal-Mart and inherited her wealth from her husband, John, who died in a plane crash in 2005. Christy Walton leads a rather quiet life, savoring her privacy in Jackson, Wyoming. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Walton's wealth seems to be going nowhere but up as she stands to receive $470 million in dividends from Wal-Mart in 2014. And yes, that's after taxes, mind you.

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