Revealed: Top 10 world's richest women
The female power players with big bank balances to match
1. Christy Walton
\nThe widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of the founder of Wal-Mart, Christy Walton is believed to be the 10th richest person in the world. Her wealth comes not only from her shares in Walmart, but also from First Solar, in which her husband invested. Ranked by The Giving Index as the highest female philanthropist, Walton has given millions of dollars to non-profit organisations, societies, charities and other groups.
2. Alice Walton
\nAnother heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune, Alice Walton has had a long and distinguished career in finance, and is known to be a lover and patron of the arts. Sher spearheaded the Walton Family Foundation’s involvement in developing the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, which opened in November 2011.
3. Liliane Bettencourt
\nEurope’s wealthiest women owns 33 percent of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics maker. Having inherited her father’s stake in the family’s cosmetics empire, she has had a leading role in the growth and development of the company. Bettencourt was reported to be one of the most high-profile victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, losing millions of dollars.
4. Jacqueline Mars
\nAlong with her two brothers, Jacqueline Mars owns Mars Inc, the world’s second-largest confectionery which has operations in 75 countries and annual revenue of more than $33 billion.
5. Laurene Jobs
\nThe widow of Steve Jobs has helped create a number of commercial and charitable organisations, and is Disney’s largest shareholder, having inherited her husband’s stake. Jobs sits on the board of directors for numerous funds, companies and learning institutions, as well as being a member of the Council on Foregin Relations and the White House Concil for Community Solutions.
6. Elaine Marshall
\nOil, commodities, and more, USA
\nThe director and voting shareholder of Koch Industries, Marshall is a leading figure in the company which has annual sales of $115 billion. She controls 14.6 percent of the business which has interests in oil refining, pipelines, commodities trading, and paper pulp.
7. Susanne Klatten
\nCars, chemicals, Germany
\nGermany’s wealthiest woman owns 11.6 percent of Bayerische Motoren Weke (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, which makes BMWs, Minis and Rolls-Royces.
8. Johanna Quandt
\nLike Klatten, Quandt owns part of Bayerische Motoren Werke - 16.7 percent of it. She also controls an interest in Gemalto, an Amsterdam-based security software designer. She supports child-cancer institutes and is a major donor to political parties.
9. Iris Fontbona
\n$ 13.6 bn
\nFontbona is the head of Chile’s richest family, which controls Antofagasta, the world’s seventh-largest copper producer. The Fontbona family also has interests in Banco de Chile, as well as energy, transportation and port services companies.
10. Gina Rinehart
\nThe chairwoman of Perth-based Hancock Prospecting controls a number of iron ore mines in Australia. Rinehart also onws shares in television company Ten Network, as well as Fairfax Media. As an industry leader she has been vocal in her support and opposition of politicians and political parties, sometimes causing controversy. She also campaigns against human trafficking and other iisues, but is reported to prefer to keep a low profile with her philanthropy.