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FORBES Billionaires Ranking 2023 | Discover the richest women in the world

For the first time in three years, a a self-made woman is in the top 10 of the rankings Forbes the richest billionaires in the world.

According to the latest ranking Forbes of the richest people on the planet, there are 337 billionaires worldwide, compared to 327 in 2022. They represent a slightly higher share of the billionaire population than a year ago (13% this year, compared to 12% in 2022).

The richest woman on the planet for the third year in a row is the heiress of L’Oréal, Françoise Bettencourt Meyerswhose wealth amounts to 80.5 billion dollarsa gain of nearly $5 billion compared to 2022. MacKenzie Scottwhose fortune has fallen by $19.2 billion over the past year, has fallen five places to ninth place, due to the decline in Amazon shares, which he received during his divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019 MacKenzie Scott large charitable donations, amounting to more than 14 billion dollarsalso moved it down the list.

Abigail Johnson (estimated net worth $21.6 billion), who runs mutual fund giant Fidelity, dropped out of the top 10 this year, although her wealth rose slightly and moved up three places in the global rankings. It is replaced by Rafaela Aponte-Diamantwhich is also 6e richest woman in the world, with a net worth of 31.2 billion dollarsand a self-made woman best ranked of all time, at 43rd placee place in the world ranking list. She shares with her husband Gianluigi owned by MSC, the world’s largest shipping company based in Switzerland. The couple entered the marine industry together in 1970, when they bought a boat with a $200,000 loan. The company is still managed by the family: Gianluigi is the executive chairman, their son Diego is the president, and Rafaela is responsible for ship decoration for the MSC Cruises division. In the past, Forbes listed the couple together; this year they are classified as full individuals.

Rafaela Aponte-Diamant is one of the 96 self-made women appear on the scale. Almost three quarters of female billionaires inherited their wealth. We also find 28% of women who consider themselves self-made Rihanna ($1.4 billion) i Kim Kardashian West ($1.2 billion).

The richest newcomer is Rohiqa Cyrus Mistry ($7 billion), a widow Cyrus Mistry, the former chairman of the Indian conglomerate Tata Sons, who died in a car accident in September. Other notable newcomers include Annette Lerner ($6.5 billion), widow of a real estate developer and owner of the Washington Nationals baseball team, Ted Lerner (died February 2023) i Amy Adams Strunk($1.7 billion), owner of the American football team Tennessee Titans.

Here are the ten richest women in the world:

(Net worth as of March 10, 2023)

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers. | Source: Getty Images

#1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and her family

Netto value: 80.5 billion dollars | Age: 69 years old | Source(s): L’Oreal | State: France

The L’Oréal heiress retains the title of the world’s richest woman for the third year in a row, thanks to a 12 percent rise in the cosmetics giant’s shares since last year. Except he promised 230 million dollars with L’Oréal for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral, he recently hired a managing director for his investment company, Téthys Invest, where he backs projects such as French private hospital operator Elsan.

Julia Koch. | Source: Getty images

#2. Julia Koch and her family

Netto value: 59 billion dollars | Age: 60 years | Source(s): Koch Industries | State: UNITED STATES

Widow of David Koch (died 2019) owns 42% of the Koch Industries conglomerate with his three adult children. Julia Koch oversees the David H. Koch Foundation, through which she and her late husband donated approximately $1.8 billion dollars on goals such as the fight against poverty, substance abuse problems, criminal justice and education. In January, she was appointed director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alice Walton. | Source: Getty Images

#3. Alice Walton

Netto value: 56.7 billion dollars | Age: 73 years | Source(s): Walmart | State: UNITED STATES

She inherited a stake in Walmart from her father, the co-founder Sam Walton (died in 1992). She is well known in the family’s home state of Arkansas for opening the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in their hometown of Bentonville, which houses works by Warhol, Rockwell and Rothko, among others.

#4. Jacqueline Mars

Netto value: 38.3 billion dollars | Age: 83 years old | Source(s): Sweets, pet food | State:UNITED STATES

Jacqueline Mars and her brother, John Mars, each owns about a third of the multinational company Mars Inc., which makes such famous candies as M&M’s, Hubba Bubba and Snickers. The company was founded by his grandfather, Frank C. Marsin 1911.

#5. Miriam Adelson and her family

Netto value: 35 billion dollars | Age: 77 years old | Source(s): casinos | State: UNITED STATES

Miriam Adelson is the majority shareholder of Las Vegas Sands, the world’s largest casino operator. She inherited this share after her husband’s death, Sheldon Adelsonlongtime Republican Party kingmaker, 2021 A physician, she donated nearly $1 billion during her lifetime to fund medical research and drug discovery, according to estimates from Forbes.

#6. Rafaela Aponte-Diamant

Netto value: 31.2 billion dollars | Age: 78 years | Source(s): Sea traffic | State: Italy

This year, Rafaela Aponte-Diamant joins the top 10 on the list of the richest women in the world, Forbes after revising her assessment of MSC, one of the world’s largest shipping companies, which she founded with her husband Guianluigi in 1970 with just one ship. Rafaela and Gianluigi were previously ranked together, but in 2023 they are ranked as individuals.

#7. Susanne Klatten

Netto value: 27.4 billion dollars | Age: 60 years | Source(s): BMW, pharmaceutical industry | State:Germany

Susanne Klatten owns 19% of the German car manufacturer BMW. His mother was the third wife of the legendary industrialist Herbert Whent, which brought BMW to supremacy in the luxury market. Susanne Klatten, an economist with an MBA, is also the owner of Altana, a chemical company founded by her grandfather.

#8. Gina Rinehart

Netto value: 27 billion dollars | Age: 69 years | Source(s): Mining industry | State: Australia

This Australian tycoon chairs the mining and agricultural company Hancock Prospecting Group. She inherited her father’s business Lang Hancock (died in 1992). Her wealth has fallen by 11% since March 2022, largely due to falling iron ore prices, but she remains Australia’s richest person.

#9. MacKenzie Scott

Netto value: 24.4 billion dollars | Age: 52 years old | Source(s): Amazon | State: UNITED STATES

She inherited 4% of Amazon’s capital after her divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019 and began distributing it at breakneck speed. To date, through her organization, she has donated more than 14 billion dollars to around 1,600 charities Giving offerings.

#10. Iris Fontbona and her family

Netto value: 23.1 billion dollars | Age: 80 years old | Source(s): Mining industry | State: Chile

The richest woman in Latin America, Iris Fontbona is the widow of a Chilean tycoon Andrónico Lukšić (died 2005), who built an empire in the mining and beverage industries. With his two sons, he owns and runs Antofogasta plc, a Chilean mining company specializing in copper production, and has a significant stake in Quiñenco, a public holding company with operations in manufacturing, banking and beverages.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Gabriela Lopez Gomes

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