The Worlds 10 Richest Women

This year's list requires at least $12bn to make it into the richest, with female powerhouses in areas such as cosmetics, mining and cars
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1. Liliane Bettencourt \n$30bn \nFrance \nCosmetics \nBettencourt’s family owns over 30 percent of L’Oreal, the French cosmetics giant.
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2. Christy Walton \n$28.2bn \nUS \nRetail \nA rise in Walmart stock has seen Christy Walton’s net worth rise by just under $4bn this year.
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3. Alice Walton \n$26.3bn \nUS \nRetail \nAnother Walmart heiress, Alice Walton is one of America’s most generous philanthropists.
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5. Georgina Rinehart \n$17bn \nAustralia \nMining \nFalling iron ore prices have hit Rinehart’s fortune to the tune of $1bn, but she’s still the richest woman in Asia.
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7. Susanne Klatten \n$14.3bn \nGermany \nCars, chemicals \nA 12.6 percent stake in BMW is keeping the wolves from the door for Klatten, Europe’s second-richest woman.
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9. Miuccia Prada \n$12.4bn \nItaly \nFashion \nFashion is paying off for Prada, the lead designer at her eponymous family firm. The firm is aggressively expanding into emerging markets.
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10. Anne Cox Chambers \n$12bn \nUS \nMedia \nStill sitting on the board of Cox Enterprises at 93, Chambers owns a hefty chunk of the media giant set up by her father James M Cox.