Beyoncé was right when she sand, “Who run the world? Girls!” because women are holding major roles in huge companies around the world! From technology to candy companies, these women have an impressive collective portfolio! These are 10 of the richest women in the world!
Jocelyn Wildenstein better known as “Cat Woman” has had some hiccups in her life. She was once married to billionaire, Alec Wildenstein, who had a fascination with cats. So much so that when Jocelyn thought her husband was no longer interested, she started to alter her face to have more feline features. In the end, Jocelyn spent $4 million dollars on plastic surgery, and her husband divorced her for her frivolous spending habits. She received a $2.5 billion dollar divorce settlement along with a $100 million dollars a year for 13 years in alimony!
Sandra Ortega Mera is the daughter of the world’s 2nd most rich person, Amancio Ortega. You may know her father as the owner of the large clothing chain Zara. Though her father is a big wig in the wealth world, Mera inherited her money when her mother passed away suddenly in 2013. Sandra has no part in operating Zara, she choses to run her late mother’s non-profit organization. “Fundaćion Paidea” is a non-profit that focuses on helping mentally and physically disabled people acquire skills that can land them mainstream jobs!
Mostly known as the widow of the late Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs was left billions after he passed away in 2011. The bulk of her billions come from her stake in Disney that Steve acquired when he sold animation studio Pixar to the company in 2006. She also holds a small share in Apple, which Steve Jobs helped co-founded in the 70’s. Though her husband was practically a God in Silicon Valley, Laurene had a pretty impressive background. She perused many of her own interested, and started several non-profits that helped less fortunate children get quality educations!
Maria Franca Fissolo earned her billions from her late husband’s company, Ferrero SpA. The name may not sound familiar, but you are probably a fan of some of their products. Ferrero SpA is the creator of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Kinder Chocolates, and Nutella. It is the second largest confectionary company in Europe. So, in 2015, when her husband passed away, he left his delicious empire in her hands, along with the billions that came with it.
Thanks to being the daughter of Sam Walton, they guy who founded Wal-Mart, Alice Walton is the 13th wealthiest person in the world! Unlike her siblings, Alice doesn’t have an active role in her father’s company. Instead, she focuses on collecting and curating art. Her art collection includes pieces from Andy Warhol, Normal Rockwell, and Georgia O’Keefe. She has even chosen to donate pieces from her personal collection worth millions to museums so everyone can enjoy the masterpieces!
She’s the richest woman in Europe, and the sole heir to the L’Oreal fortune. Liliane Bettencourt is a socialite, philanthropist, and businesswoman from France. When her father, Eugene Schueller, passed away in 1957, Liliane inherited the cosmetic company L’Oreal’s fortune. She acted on the company’s board until 2012, when she was forced to resign. She also started la Foundation Bettencourt Schueller, which supports and develops medical, cultural and humanitarian projects with an annual budget of over $160 million.