Top 5 Richest Women in the World

Another year, another list of rich old men. Out of 1,826 billionaires, only 197 are women. It’s not all bad news though: this number is up from 172 in 2014 making up only 11% of Billionaires. With that thought in mind we want to celebrate the women that have made it.

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5. Maria Franca Fissolo $23.4 billion

Next time you bite into a Ferrero Rocher, take a Tic Tac or spread Nutella on your toast, spare a brief thought for Fissolo, the head of a sweets empire that produces a surprising amount of the treats we eat.[/column][/columns_row] [columns_row width=”half”] [column]Jaqueline-Mars[/column] [column]

4. Jacqueline Mars $26.6 billion

Speaking of sweets, the world’s 4th richest woman is the heir to Mars Incorporated. Far from sticking to just candy however, Mars has their fingers in many pies, from prepackaged rice meals to pet food.

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3. Alice Walton $39.4 billion

Daughter of Walmart Sam Walton, Alice purchased her first piece of art at 10 years old, and has continued in that vein, using a portion of her fortune to purchase art and opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011.

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2. Liliane Bettencourt $40.7 Billion

The principal heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire, Bettencourt is currently the 10th richest person in the world. She, along with her husband and daughter, founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, dedicated to supporting and developing medical, cultural and humanitarian projects.

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1. Christy Walton $41.7 Billion

Since she inherited her late husband’s fortune in 2005, she’s doubled his $18.2 billion fortune. Not only is she the world’s richest woman, she’s ranked as the world’s top female philanthropist according to the amount she gives as a percentage of her wealth.

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