Top 10 richest women in the world all of them inherited their money from either their husband or father.
Liliane Bettencourt, 88
Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller, married name Bettencourt (French pronunciation: [lil.jan be.tɑ̃.kuːʁ]) (born 21 October 1922), is a French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal and, and as of March 2013 she was listed as the wealthiest woman in the world with an estimated net worth of US $30 billion.
Christy Walton, 56
Christy Ruth Walton (born 1955) is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. After John’s death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of US$15.7 billion.
According to Forbes, she is the 6th richest person in the United States, and the 10th richest person in the world, as of March 2012 Forbes reported that she was the richest woman in the world for seven years running, and still held the title in March 2012. However, by May 2012 BRW estimated that Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart had exceeded Walton’s wealth.As of August 2012, she and her family had an estimated net worth of $29.9 billion, the bulk of which comes from her shares in Wal-Mart, but also from First Solar, in which her husband invested. She resides in Jackson, Wyoming and has one son, Lukas. As of October of 2012, Walton was listed as the 9th richest person in the world. Recently, her identity has been used by Internet scammers who are claiming she is terminally ill in order to induce unsuspecting individuals to part with their money in order to secure a portion of her wealth.
Alice Walton, 61
US $27.1 billion
Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949) is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton. In March 2012, her estimated net worth was US$26.3 billion, making her the second-richest American woman and the tenth-richest American. As of October 2012, According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index her estimated net worth was US $27.1 billion, making her the 14th richest person in the world.
Iris Fontbona & family
Billionaire Andronico Luksic passed away of cancer in 2005, making his business kingdom in the care of his spouse, Iris Fontbona, and his three sons: Jean-Paul, Andronico, and Guillermo Luksic. The Luksic close relatives manages Antofagasta, one of the biggest birdwatcher miners. The group also maintains a majority share in Quinenco, a customer appearance and drink manufacturer with passions in Banco de Chile, as well as in energy, transport and slot services. Family members members also operates two stores of Croatian beach hotels, Adriatic Luxury Resorts and Laguna Porec. Jean-Paul is chair of Antofagasta, Andronico leads up the financial department and Guillermo manages the family members share in Chile’s biggest manufacturer, Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA, as well as Compania Sudamericana de Vapores, Latina The united state’s biggest delivery company. This year Andronico obtained an prize from the The nation’s Community for efforts to Stanford and Babson College. During a Dec 2011 telethon, the usually press-averse widow Iris openly contributed $3 million to help Chileans with problems.
Susanne Klatten, 48
BMW, pharmaceuticals, Germany
Susanne Klatten (born Susanne Hanna Ursula Quandt on 28 April 1962 in Bad Homburg, Germany) is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt. As of 2011, she is worth $14.6 billion, and is the richest woman in Germany and the 44th richest person in the world.
Susanne met Jan Klatten while she was doing an apprenticeship with BMW in Regensburg, where he worked as an engineer. During this time she called herself Kant and did not tell him who she was until they were sure about each other. They married in 1990 in Kitzbühel and live in Munich. They have three children. She also plays golf and skis in Austria. Like the other members of the Quandt family, they live quietly. She has been a member of the University Council of the Technical University of Munich since 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the Bayerischer Verdienstorden, the Bavarian Order of Merit. She is one of the biggest donors of the centre-right political party the Christian Democratic Union.
Birgit Rausing, 87, & family
Birgit Rausing (born 1924) is a Swedish art historian and philanthropist, and the widow of Gad Rausing (1922–2000).
She is the daughter of Swedish landscape painter Henry Mayne (1891–1975). In 1944 her father-in-law Ruben Rausing (1895–1983) founded Tetra Pak, which revolutionized the packaging of liquids such as juices and milk. The company was inherited by his sons Gad and Hans. In 1996, Gad bought his brother’s half of the company. When Gad died in 2000, his wife Birgit and their three children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval.
Birgit Rausing and her family had an estimated net worth of US$13.0 billion in 2010. She is the third wealthiest person in Sweden, according to Forbes magazine.
Anne Cox Chambers, 91
US $12.4 billion
Cox Enterprises, U.S.
Anne Beau Cox Chambers (born December 1, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American media proprietor, who has a stake of interest in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses.
She is the daughter of James M. Cox, a newspaper publisher and 1920 Democratic Presidential nominee, and his second wife, Margaretta Parker Blair. She owns and controls her father’s business interests, through Cox Enterprises. For 33 years she co-owned the family company with her sister, Barbara Cox Anthony, who died on May 28, 2007. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $12.4 billion in September 2010, based principally on her equity interest in Cox Enterprises. She is the 20th-richest person in the United States and 53rd-richest person in the world.
Abigail Johnson, 49
Abigail Pierrepont (Abby) Johnson (born December 19, 1961) is an American businesswoman. Johnson is President of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing. Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II and her father Edward C. (Ned) Johnson III is its current CEO. As of March 2013 The Johnson family owns a 49% stake in the company.
Savitri Jindal, 61
Savitri Jindal is an Indian steel baroness, the wealthiest woman in India and the world’s 80th richest person. She is the non-executive chairperson of O.P. Jindal Group, and member of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, (Legislative Assembly). She also served as a Minister of Power in the Government of Haryana until 2010. She became the chairperson after her husband, O. P. Jindal, died in a helicopter crash in 2005.
As of March 2012, Savitri Jindal and her family were listed by Forbes as the world’s 80th “richest person”, with a net worth of US$10.9 billion. They ranked as the fourth richest in India. Among the billionaire mothers listed in 2010, Jindal had the most children (nine).
Jacqueline Mars, 71
Candy, pet food, U.S.
Cash-strapped consumers still have appetite for the Mars family’s nearly recession-proof products: chocolate (Snickers, M&Ms), pet food (Pedigree). Created world’s largest confectionery company by acquiring gum maker Wrigley in 2008 for $23 billion. Combined sales now exceed $30 billion. Grandfather Frank Mars began making chocolates 1911 in his kitchen in Tacoma, Wash. Father, Forrest Sr., invented M&Ms, and introduced malt-flavored nougat, the foundation of famous candy bar line that includes Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Musketeers. Third generation inherited company when dad died in 1999.