Gone are the days when men were considered to be the money-makers and women the house-makers. Women are no less than men nowadays. While men still dominate all of the world’s rich lists, there are women who give them full competition. Some of them are blessed to receive the wealth in inheritance while others have achieved it with their dedication. Here are the 10 richest women in the world to give you an inspiration next time you go to work.
1. Alice Walton
With a fortune estimated at $46.7 billion, Alice Walton is the richest woman in the world. Alice is the daughter of WalMart founder Sam Walton and she manages the family’s holding company Walton Enterprises along with focusing on curating art.
2. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers
Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, the daughter of L’Óréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, became the world’s richest woman after her death last year. Her net worth is estimated at $44.7 billion. She’s an author and president of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
3. Maria Franca Fissolo
Maria Franca Fissolo, the widow of Michele Ferrero, is worth $33.2 billion. Her husband is the one who turned a simple chocolate and hazelnut spread called Nutella into an iconic brand and not to forget Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
4. Jacqueline Mars
According to Forbes, her net worth is $28.3 billion. Jacqueline owns a third of candy company Mars. She’s a philanthropist now.
5. Zhou Qunfei
With an estimated fortune of $9.2 billion, Zhou Qunfei is the richest self-made woman in the world and a Chinese billionaire. She started her own watch lens company at the age of 22 and it later made glass screen for mobile phones.