When thinking about the world’s wealthiest women, perhaps those who currently occupy the entertainment spotlight are the first ones that come to mind.
Many of the richest women around, however, are probably faces you have never seen, although they are ones associated with companies that are instantly recognizable. Here are the twelve ladies with the highest net worth according to Forbes’ list in March 2017.
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1. Liliane Bettencourt (Net Worth: $39.5 billion)
Not only ranking as the richest woman in the world, Liliane Bettencourt is believed to be the richest woman in history. Liliane owns 33% of the world’s largest cosmetics company, L’Oréal, which was founded by her father, Eugene Schueller, in 1907.
2. Alice Walton (Net Worth: $33.8 billion)
Daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, Alice reportedly owns over $11 billion in Walmart stock. With her brothers running the enterprise, Alice mostly focuses her attention on the art world: she opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in 2011, which features works of renowned artists such as Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko.
3. Jacqueline Mars (Net Worth: $27 billion)
The heiress to Mars, Inc., Jacqueline Mars, owns one-third of the company which is considered to be the largest candy maker in the world. Jacqueline is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, who founded the company back in 1911. She has worked in the company for almost 20 years, served on the board, and has become known for her philanthropic efforts.
4. Maria Franca Fissolo (Net Worth: $25.2 billion)
Italian billionaire, Maria Franca Fissolo is the owner of Europe’s second largest confectionery company, Ferrero SpA. Her late husband, Michele Ferrero, built the company, which has become known for its popular products including Nutella, Kinder chocolates, and Tic-Tac mints.
5. Susanne Klatten (Net Worth: 20.4 billion)
The wealthiest woman in Germany, Susanne Klatten, inherited shares in the Bavarian car manufacturing giant BMW from her parents, Herbert and Johanna Quandt. On top of the 12.50% stake in BMW that her father left her, Klatten also inherited his 50.1% stake in the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer, Atlanta, which she has transformed into a global corporation.
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6. Laurene Powell Jobs (Net Worth: 20 billion)
Considered the richest woman in the technology industry, Laurene Powell Jobs, is the widow of Apple Inc. co-founder and former, Steve Jobs. Laurene serves as founder and executive of Emerson Collective, an organization which works on education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives.
7. Gina Rinehart (Net Worth: $15 billion)
One of the richest Australians, Gina Rinehart is the heiress of Hancock Prospecting, a privately owned mineral exploration and extraction company. She inherited a 76.6% share in her father Lang Hancock’s company and succeeded him as executive chairman in 1992. Forbes also considers her one of most powerful women in the world.
8. Abigail Johnson (Net Worth: $14.4 billion)
American businesswoman, Abigail Johnson, took over as president and chief executive officer of US investment firm Fidelity Investments in 2014 – a company founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II in 1946. Last year she became chairwoman of Fidelity International while maintaining her role as CEO and president.
9. Iris Fontbona (Net Worth: $13.7 billion)
The richest Chilean, Iris Fontbona, ranks as the 101st wealthiest person in the world. Her husband, Andrónico Luksic, earned a fortune in mining and beverages with his company Antofagasta PLC, which Iris and their three sons inherited when Luksic passed away in 2005. Fontbona has set records for her philanthropic efforts, including a $4.3 million donation to the Chilean Telethon, aimed at helping children with physical disabilities.
10. Beate Heister (Net Worth: $13.6 billion)
German billionaire Beate Heister is the daughter of Karl Albrecht Sr., who transformed his family’s suburban corner shop into a leading global discount supermarket chain, Aldi. Referred to as “notoriously reclusive,” Beate has never worked for the company her father pioneered, but she sits on the advisory board alongside her husband and son.
11. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (Net Worth: $12.6 billion)
One of the richest women in the United Kingdom, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a businesswoman who owns a 25% controlling stake in Heineken International, the second-largest brewery in the world. Charlene famously had no money to her name except a single share of Heineken stock and was a stay-at-home mother of five with no business education; when her father passed away when she was 47 years old, however, she inherited control of Heineken and became a self-made heiress.
12. Blair Parry-Okeden (Net Worth: 12.2 billion)
Australia’s wealthiest woman by net worth, Blair Parry-Okeden, is a billionaire heiress to Cox Enterprises, a privately held American conglomerate in Atlanta. Despite coming from such a powerful family, Blair chose to reside in a small town and lived in anonymity until the death of her mother, Barbara Cox Anthony, made her a billionaire.