ANNE COX CHAMBERS (NET WORTH: $17B)
The 7th wealthiest woman in the world is the American heiress, Anne Cox Chambers. Chambers owes most of her fortune to her father, James M. Cox, founder of the Cox Enterprises, a mass media empire that has TV, cable TV, radio, and newspaper businesses under its firm.
LAURENE POWELL JOBS (NET WORTH: $19.5B)
The better half of the late Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs is the 6th richest woman in the world. Most of her time and wealth are focused on social causes. In fact, Jobs is the founder of Emerson Collective that pushes for policies that concerns education, social justice, environmental preservation, and immigration reform. Besides this, Jobs is also the president and co-founder of College Track that empowers less fortunate youth to graduate from college.
MARIA FRANCA FISSOLO (NET WORTH: $23.4B)
Maria Franca Fissolo is the widow of Michele Ferrero, who built a large business company manufacturing sweets. The Ferrero group is known for their products such as Nutella, Ferrero Rocher, Kinder and the Tic-Tac mints.
JACQUELINE MARS (NET WORTH: $26.6B)
Like Fissolo, Jacqueline Mars owes her billions of fortune to their candy company, Mars. Mars is the world’s largest candy company with products such as Snickers, M&M’s, and Milky Way under its brand. Jacqueline and her two brothers serve as the board of directors for the company that was established by their grandfather Frank in 1911.
ALICE WALTON (NET WORTH: $39.4B)
Another heiress to her family’s fortune, Alice Walton is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton. Despite her father’s success in the business, Alice focused on her love for the arts. She now serves as the chairperson of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. It was reported that some of the museum’s pieces amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars came from Alice’s own collection.
LILIANE BETTENCOURT (NET WORTH: $40.7B)
Daughter of L’Oreal founder Eugene Schueller, Liliane Bettencourt is the second richest woman in the world. Even after losing a legal battle with her daughter with regard to managing the cosmetic company in 2011 and a case of 10 people allegedly stealing millions of euros from her, Bettencourt still managed to grow her fortune after buying 8% stakes of L’Oreal and raising her share of the company to 33%.
CHRISTY WALTON (NET WORTH: $41.7B)
With a net worth of $41.7B, Christy Walton, the richest woman in the world is almost 14 times richer than Oprah. This title is no surprise to her, as she has remained in the top spot for five years now. She is the widow of John Walton, founder of First Solar and son of Sam Walton, co-founder of Wal-Mart, which she owes the bulk of her fortune to.
Walton is a philanthropist who is reported to have donated billions of dollars to charitable works. She also holds positions for social work groups such as the Children’s Scholarship Fund.