Since the onset of these uncertain times, the world economy has lost its velocity and has suffered the most. Almost every country, amidst the pandemic, resorted to going into a complete lock down to control the spread. With this total lock down, came a halt to the economic activities across sectors and hence a decline in the economy.
However, women have yet again made the mark and proved their vitality and perseverance to sustain. Forbes reported that even during these most harsh and turbulent times, just over half of the 234 women on its list of World Billionaires are worth less than a year ago.
Here is the list of Forbes’ top 10 richest women of the world who have managed to stay/come up in the list of billionaires:
The daughter of the Walmart founder Sam Walton, is the heiress of the American giant Walmart Inc. With the net worth of $54.4 billion, she is the richest woman in the world and also holds $11 billion worth shares of Walmart.
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
After getting pushed to the second place by Walton, Meyers ranks as the second richest woman in the world. She is the heiress of the cosmetic giant L’Oreal and received the empire in the year 2017. She, along with her family, own 33% shares in the company and her net worth is $48.9 billion.
Bagging the third rank in the list, Julia Koch is the wife of David Hamilton Koch who was the Vice-President of the American giant Koch Industries. A former assistant to the fashion designer Adolfo, she inherited 42% stake in Koch industries after the death of her husband in 2019. She records a net worth of $38.2 billion as per Forbes.
The American novelist and the ex-wife of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, Mackenzie makes her debut this year in the Forbes’ list. After the finalization of their divorce in 2019, Mackenzie received $38 billion as a settlement, making her the 22nd richest person in the world according to Forbes.
The granddaughter of the founder of Mars Inc., the makers of Mars, M&Ms and many more, Jacqueline is the heiress of the family business. She and her brother, each own one-third of the $35 billion candy sales by the company. Her net worth amounts to $24.7 billion.
The majority shareholder of the property giant Country Garden Holdings, Huiyan is a Chinese businesswoman who received the real estate company as inheritance from her father. While presiding amongst the board of directors, she owns 57% of stake of the company which totals her net worth to $20.3 billion.
The heiress to the luxury car company BMW and the sole owner of the pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Altana, Klatten is the seventh richest woman in the world. She owns a 50.1% stake in Altana and a 12.5% stake in BMW which amounts her net worth to $16.8 billion.
Laurenne Powell Jobs
The founder of the social impact organization, Emerson Collective, Jobs is the widow of the former CEO and co-founder of apple, Steve Jobs. After the death of the tech giant, Powell inherited 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc. and 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney company. Her net worth totals to $16.4 billion.
The chair of the Chinese Drug company Hansoh Pharmaceuticals, Zhong owns over three quarters of the company with her daughter. She also made the company go public in 2019 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She possesses a net worth of $14.6 billion.
The final name in the list is the Australian mining magnate and heiress, Gina Rinehart. She is the chairman of a privately owned mineral exploration and extraction company, Hancock prospecting. With a net worth of $13.4 billion, Rinehart is celebrated as the riches person in Australia.