In the Forbes 2021 world billionaires list, there are 328 women, indicating a 36% increase compared to last year. These women come from various industries and different parts of the world. Here are the top 5 wealthiest women in the world and their net worth.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family
After her mother died in 2017, Francoise inherited the giant cosmetic company L’Oreal. The 67-year-old has served on the company’s board since 1997. According to https://financesonline.com/top-10-richest-women-in-the-world/, despite being the heiress to the giant skincare products company, the France citizen is also an accomplished author of Greek mythology works and literature. Bettencourt Meyers has a net worth of $73.6 billion.
2. Alice Walton
Despite losing her spot as the world’s richest woman to Meyers, the only daughter of the Walmart founder, Sam Walton, still managed to gain over $7 billion thanks to free delivery, which led to a 69% boost in online sales. In 2011, the 71-year-old opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her net worth stands at $61.8 billion.
3. Mackenzie Scott
After her marriage to the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ended in 2019, the 50-year-old donated almost $6 billion to 500 nonprofit groups across the United States by July 2020. According to https://cpp-luxury.com/top-10-richest-women-in-the-world-2021/, Scott received a 4% stake in the Amazon company as part of their divorce settlement. Mackenzie remarried Dan Jewett, a science teacher who joined her in the wealth giveaway pledge. She has a net worth of $53 billion.
4. Julia Flesher Koch and family
After the death of her husband David Koch in 2019, Julia Koch and her three children inherited 42% of the family business. Last year, Koch Industries were the largest private company in America. The 58-year-old plays an essential role in the company’s board of directors. She has a net worth of $46.4 billion.
5. Miriam Adelson
Miriam took over 56% stake of Las Vegas Sands casino operator after her husband, Sheldon Adelson, passed on in January 2021 at the age of 87. As a result of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the company recorded a net loss of $1.69 billion last year—lockdowns led to the closure of two Las Vegas casinos and resorts. The 75-year-old has a net worth of $38.2 billion.