The 10 wealthiest women are included on the 2023 Forbes World Billionaires List for Women, with Francoise Bettencourt Meyers leading the group for the third year in a row owing to her net worth of $80.5 billion.
The top 10 women on the list have a combined net worth of $402.6 billion, which is slightly more than the $401 billion reported in 2022, according to Forbes.
The majority of these prosperous ladies inherited their fortunes. The personal fortunes of the world’s wealthiest people were determined by Forbes using stock prices and currency rates as of March 10. According to Forbes, after hitting an all-time high of 2,755 in 2021, the number of billionaires worldwide has declined from 2,668 in 2022 to 2,640 in 2023.
Sadly, the richest people on the list are still disproportionately men; just 337 women, or 13% of the list, are among the richest.
Here are the top ten wealthiest women in the world as of 2023.
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Francoise Bettencourt Meyers’ 33% stake in the French firm L’Oreal Group, which specializes in cosmetics and skincare goods, is the main driver of her riches. Meyers has held the top slot for women on Forbes’ 2023 World Billionaires List for three years running, with a net worth of $80.5 billion.
L’Oreal, which has been in business for over 100 years, generated $38.2 billion in revenue in 2022 and has a workforce of more than 85,000 people globally. The company’s stock experienced a 12% rise over the past year, thanks to high demand, leading to better-than-anticipated earnings and record sales for the year 2021.
Julia Koch and her three children received a 42% ownership stake in Koch Industries following the passing of her husband David in 2019. With a net worth of $59 billion as of 2023, she has climbed one spot on the list of the richest women in the world, earning her place as the second-richest woman in the world.
Alice Walton, the only daughter of Walmart’s founder, Sam Walton, inherited a share of Walmart from her father, who passed away in 1992. She is also known for establishing the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which showcases works by renowned artists like Warhol, Rockwell, and Rothko. As of 2023, Alice Walton’s personal fortune is valued at $56.7 billion, which places her in third place on the list of the world’s richest women.
Jacqueline Mars, who inherited an estimated one-third share of Mars Incorporated, a global corporation that produces sweets and pet food under various brands such as M&M’s, has moved up one place on the list of the world’s richest women. As of 2023, she holds the title of the fourth-wealthiest woman globally, with a net worth of $38.3 billion.
Miriam Adelson, who inherited the majority stake in Las Vegas Sands, the world’s biggest casino operator, following the death of her husband Sheldon Adelson in 2021, is a medical doctor and has been estimated to have given almost $1 billion throughout her lifetime to support medical research and drug development.
As of 2023, her wealth has grown by $7.5 billion over the past year, moving her up two positions on the list of the world’s richest women. She now holds the title of the fifth-richest woman globally, with a net worth of $35 billion.
Rafaela Aponte is the co-owner of MSC, the world’s biggest shipping line, alongside her husband Gianluigi. As of 2023, she made her debut on the Forbes list as the sixth-richest woman globally, with a net worth of $31.2 billion.
Previously, Rafaela and Gianluigi were listed together as a couple; however, Forbes has implemented a broad overhaul of how shared wealth is categorized, resulting in their separate listing as individual billionaires.
Susanne Klatten, an economist with an M.B.A., is the owner of 19% of BMW, the German automaker. Her mother was the third wife of the legendary industrialist Herbert Quandt, who played a crucial role in making BMW a leading name in the luxury car market.
Additionally, Klatten is also the owner of Altana, a chemicals company established by her grandfather. With a net worth of $27.4 billion, she is one of the world’s richest women.
Despite a decline of 11% in her net worth since March 2022, Gina Rinehart, the Australian magnate, has maintained her position as the wealthiest person in Australia with a fortune of US$32.2 billion. She is the chairperson of Hancock Prospecting Group, a mining and agriculture company, which she inherited from her father, Lang Hancock, who passed away in 1992.
Falling iron ore prices have been the primary reason for the decline in her wealth. However, despite the drop, she continues to be the richest person in Australia.
Mackenzie Scott, who received a 4% stake in Amazon as part of her divorce settlement from Jeff Bezos in 2019, has seen a significant drop in her net worth this year. In the 2023 Forbes list of wealthiest women, Scott has fallen from fourth place to ninth, with a net worth of $24.4 billion, down from $43.6 billion in 2022.
However, Scott has made a name for herself as one of the most generous philanthropists in the world, having signed the Giving Pledge in 2019.
Fontbona, the richest woman in Latin America, inherited her fortune from her late husband, Andrónico Luksic, who amassed a vast empire in the mining and beverages industries before his death in 2005.
Along with her two sons, she now owns and leads Antofogasta plc, a Chilean mining company that focuses on copper production and has a substantial stake in Quiñenco, a publicly traded holding company with interests in manufacturing, banking, and beverages. She has a net worth of $23.1 billion.
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