The Top 10 Wealthiest Women on the Planet

By: Dan Cooper

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The Top 3 Richest Women in 2023

According to Forbes magazine’s annual ranking, the richest woman on the planet for the third consecutive year is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the heiress to the L’Oreal empire, who is worth $80.5 billion, earning nearly $5 billion more from 2022.

This billionaire French businesswoman and writer of commentaries on the Bible, is the only daughter and therefore heiress of Liliane Bettencourt. She is married to Jean-Pierre Meyers, the grandson of a rabbi murdered at Auschwitz. After their marriage, Meyers decided to raise their children as Jews.

In second position is Julia Koch, who inherited the fortune from her husband, David Koch, who died in 2019. She is known for being the president of the David H. Koch Foundation, which is a philanthropic organization that has given more than $200 million to various causes including medical and scientific research, education, and the arts. She has a net worth of $59 billion.

Just behind, in third place and with a net worth of $56.7 billion, is Alice Watson, who inherited a stake in Walmart from her father, co-founder Sam Walton. He studied business administration in San Antonio until obtaining a degree in economics and finance from Trinity University in 1971.

The Rest of the Classification

Jacqueline Mars follows closely behind with a net worth of $38.3 billion, as the third generation of a chocolate empire that includes Mars, M&M and Snickers bars, among other canine food, drink, and food products. Miriam Adelson has a net worth of $35 billion and is the majority shareholder in Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino operator.

Rafaela Aponte-Diamant, with a net worth of $31.2 billion, placed sixth because Forbes renewed its valuation of MSC, one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Susane Klatten owns 19% of the German automobile manufacturer BMW and has a net worth of $27.4 billion.

In the last three positions of this Top 10 appears Gina Rinhart, who has a net worth of $27 billion and inherited the business from her father Lang Hancock. She was followed by Mackenzie Scott, who inherited 4% of Amazon after her divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019 and has a net worth of $24.4 billion. In last place is Iris Fontbona, the richest woman in Latin America and widow of Chilean magnate Andrónico Luksic, who has a net worth of $23.1 billion.

Increasing Number of Women Billionaires Compared to 2022

In this year 2023, there are 337 billionaire women worldwide compared to 327 in 2022. In addition, they control a slightly larger portion of the billionaire population than 354 days ago (13% compared to 12% last year).

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