What would it be like to be extremely wealthy? According to a study conducted by Charles Schwab, the amount needed to be comfortable in America is $1.4 million. To be considered “wealthy” you will need a net worth of $2.4 million. These 15 woman far surpass the results of that study and have wealth that only the tiniest percentage of people ever experience.
15) Jocelyn Wildenstein
Jocelyn Wildenstein is worth $2.5 billion. She is better known as the “cat woman” for her extensive plastic surgery to look more like a feline than a female. These cosmetic surgeries are rumored to have cost over $2 million. Although she comes from a wealthy family, she acquired the vast majority of her wealth from her former husband Alec Wildenstein. Although reports vary of her actual net worth, she did receive $2.5 billion from her divorce settlement. Her yearly food and wine expenditure alone are reported to reach over $500,000.
14) Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
Cayettana Fits-James Stuart’s net worth is $4.9 billion. Not only was she the 18th duchess of Alba, Spain, she was also the most titled noble in the world with about 50 royal titles. She was most recently remembered for her marriage at the age of 85 to a man who was 24 years her junior. She was known to be very generous for her charitable giving.
13) Sandra Ortega Mera
Santra Ortege Mera’s net worth is $6.4 billion. She is also from Spain, and not only known as the richest women but also the youngest billionaire in all of Europe. She is the youngest daughter of Amancio Ortega Gauona, who is known to be the wealthiest man in Europe.
12) Katharine Rayner
Katharine Rayner’s worth is $7.1 billion. She is the daughter of Anne Cox Chambers who shared 49% of Cox Enterprises Inc. shares to her and her siblings. She is not involved with her family’s company but is with philanthropy. She is a board member of the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and is also on the board of director for the New York Public Library and the Animal Rescue Fund of The Hamptons.
11) Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
Margarita Louis-Drefus is worth $8.7 billion. She is the owner of The Louis-Drayfus Company is involved in international shipping, telecommunications, real estate, hedge funding, finance, agriculture, ocean vessels, food processing, and more. She is the widow of Robert Louis-Dreyfus who is cousins with the American actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus famous for playing Elaine on the hit TV show Seinfeld. Margarita is the mother of two sets of twins with her newest set being born when Margarita was 53–years-old.
10) Massimiliana Landini Aleotti
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti’s net worth is $9.6 billion. The Italian billionaire heiress owns the giant pharmaceutical company Menarini along with her two children. The company is widely popular for being committed to researching pharmacological solutions for therapeutic areas such as asthma, anti-infectives, oncology, inflammation, and cardiovascular research among others.
9) Blair Parry-Okeden
Blair Parry-Okeden’s net worth is $10.7 billion. Although she is Australia’s richest person by net worth, she is actually American born. Her grandfather, James M. Cox who was once a governor of Ohio, a U.S. representative, and founded the communications and automotive company Cox Enterprises, Inc. Although the media conglomerate is actually ran by Blair’s aunt, Anne Cox Chambers, Blair still holds a large share of the company. Blair originally moved to Australia to be with her now ex-husband, where they started a family. Blair is known to be a very generous person in her community, but is also very modest and private.
8) Iris Fontbona
Iris Fontbona’s net worth is $10.8 billion. She is the widow of billionaire Andronico Luksic, and the richest woman in Chile. She and her family control Antofagasta, one of the largest copper mines in the world. She also holds a large number of shares in the beverage making corporation, Quinenco, which is one of Chili’s largest company’s with annual revenue of $20 billion.
7) Gina Rinehart
Gina Rinehart’s net worth is $11.4 billion. She is a mining heiress and Australia’s first female billionaire. She took over her father’s mining company, Hancock Prospecting, at the age of 21. At an early age she surprised critics with her business savvy and has revolutionized the mining business. Since 2010, she has been actively involved with Australian politics and has been pushing for its further development. She has also been an advocate for the reduction of taxes and less regulations on business.
6) Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene De Carvalho- Heineken’s net worth is $13.1 billion. She is a Dutch-English businesswoman who is the executive director of and owns 25% of the controlling interest of Heineken International, the third largest brewing company in the world. When her father passed she inherited nearly $3 billion.
5) Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs’ net worth is $17.6 billion. Although Laurene is often thought of as only being the widow of the revolutionary tech whiz, Steve Jobs, like her husband, she has made quite an impact on the world through her philanthropy and charity work. She is the founder and executive of Emerson Collective, a foundation focused on improving education and championing immigration reform, as well as environmental conservation, and social justice. Laurene is also the president of the board of directors and co-founder of College Track, an organization that helps prepare low income and disadvantaged high school students for college.
4) Maria Franca Fissolo
Maria Franca Fissolo’s net worth is $23.7 billion. There clearly is great fortune to be had with candy manufacturing because Italian candy billionaire, Maria, ranks in as the world’s 4th richest woman. Her company. Ferro SpA, is the second largest confectionery company in Europe, and the third largest in the world. It’s famous for such sweets and candies such as Tic-Tac Mints, Mon Cheri, Kinder Chocolates, and Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread.
3) Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Mars’ net worth is $27 billion. She continues the trend of amassing great wealth through inheritance as she inherited 1/3 of the candy and pet food processing corporation, Mars, from her father Franklin Clarence Mars. She does not actively participate in the running of her father’s candy corporation and instead focuses her wealth and energy on the art industry. She is involved with the U.S. Equestrian Team as a trustee, which supports high performance horses by providing funding for training, coaching, and traveling expenses for international events and shows.
2) Alice Walton
Alice Walton’s net worth is $33.5 billion. She is the heiress of mega superstore chain Wal-Mart and ranks as the second richest woman in the world. Her life has been wrought with controversy. Aside from being accused of not paying Wal-Mart employees a livable wage, she also has allegedly had a number of serious automobile incidents though she has never faced any real consequences for them.
1) Liliane Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt’s net worth is $38.9 billion. To put her wealth into perspective, she could spend a million dollars a day for 104 years before running of money. She is the main shareholder of the French cosmetics company L’Oreal. The company was started by her father, French chemist Eugene Schueller in 1909 and she began working for the company as an apprentice at the early age of 15. She eventually inherited the company and was able to maintain a majority stake once the company went public.
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