10. Johanna Quandt
Net Worth $12.8 billion
Holds a considerable chunk of BMW stock and is on the company’s supervisory board. Her husband, Herbert Quandt, was a German industrialist who took over BMW and saved it from going bust. He died in 1982 leaving his fortunes to Johanna and their two children.
9. Laurene Powell Jobs
Net Worth $14 billion
The widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs is well-educated. Jobs is also the largest single shareholder of Disney stock, which has helped boost her net worth considerably.
8. Anne Cox Chambers
Net Worth $15.5 billion
Anne Cox Chambers is the owner of Cox Enterprises, a privately-held media conglomerate. Inheriting the company from her father, Cox still sits on the company’s board at the age of 94, and had served as an ambassador to Belgium during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
7. Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson is the president and CEO of Fidelty Investment. Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II. She joined Fidelty as an analyst and portfolio manager in 1988 and slowly worked her way up.
6. Susanne Klatten
Net Worth $17.4 billion
The daughter of another woman in this list, Johanna Quandt. Klatten is the richest woman in Germany, and owns almost half of BMW along with her brother and mother.
5. Gina Rinehart
Net Worth $17.7 billion
Australian mining heiress Gina Rinehart is the richest individual in Australia Her father, Lang Rinehart, discovered rich iron and coal deposits in parts of Australia, building mines to extract them and becoming immensely wealthy.
4. Jacqueline Mars
Net Worth $20 billion
Yes, she is of the candy empire Mars. Jacqueline Mars, the daughter and granddaughter of the company’s founders and together with her brothers, Mars oversees their candy company’s continued success into the 21st century, which has brought in more than $33 billion in sales.
3. Alice Walton
Net Worth $34.3 billion
Alice Walton is one of the heirs to the vast Wal-Mart fortune. She has given billions to charity and used her wealth to support educational reform initiatives.
2. Liliane Bettencourt
Net Worth $34.5 billion
Bettencourt, is the daugther of founder of L’Oreal At 15 years, she was mixing shampoos and beauty products. Now 92 years old, Bettencourt has become a philanthropist and lives in Paris.
1. Christy Walton
Net Worth $36.7 billion
The title of the world’s richest woman belongs to Christy Walton, the widowed wife of John Walton, one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune. She is also the 8th richest person in the world ( as of March 2015)