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Top 10 richest women in the world, ranked by net worth in 2021

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The richest women in the world lead some of the most recognizable companies in the world, like L’Oréal, Mars, and Walmart. They sit on boards, control majority stakes, and generally live the good life with fortunes worth billions of dollars.

With new data from Forbes, which recently released its annual list on the subject, here are the richest women in the world in 2021, ranked by net worth.

Iris Fontbona — Net Worth: $23.3 Billion

Country: Chile
Along with her children, Iris Fontbona controls Antofagasta, a 133-year-old, massive Chilean mining company bought in the 1980s by Fontbona’s husband, Andrónico Luksic, who passed away in 2005. Along with mining, the family is invested in beer and banking.

Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart 

Gina Rinehart — Net Worth: $23.6 Billion

Country: Australia
Another mining heiress, this time in Australia, Gina Rinehart is the daughter of Lang Hancock, a mining magnate famous for discovering the largest iron ore deposit in the world in 1952. With a 77-percent stake in Hancock Prospecting Group, which also deals in agriculture, Rinehart is pretty well set.

Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten — Net Worth: $27.7 Billion

Country: Germany
With a 19.1-percent stake in BMW, courtesy of her parents Johanna and Herbert Quandt, Susanne Klatten was well positioned to reap a recent surge in automotive sales as the world begins to move again emerging from the pandemic. She also owns specialty chemicals company Altana AG, another little family project.

Country Garden Holdings

Country Garden Holdings

Yang Huiyan — Net Worth: $29.6 Billion

Country: China
Yang Huiyan has big investments in real estate and education. She is the daughter of Yang Guoqiang, founder of China’s Country Garden Holdings, while Forbes also notes she chairs education firm Bright Scholar Education Holdings.

Jacqueline Mars with her granddaughters

Jacqueline Mars, center 

Jacqueline Mars — Net Worth: $31.3 Billion

Country: United States
One third of Mars, the global candy company, belongs to Jacqueline Mars, granddaughter of founder Frank C. Mars. The company isn’t restricted to sweets though, with business segments in petcare, drinks, and nutritional science.

Miriam and Sheldon Adelson
Miriam and Sheldon Adelson 

Miriam Adelson — Net Worth: $38.2 Billion

Country: United States
With her husband Sheldon’s last name and a majority stake in the Las Vegas Sands, which he owned before his death in January, 2021, Miriam Adelson is incredibly wealthy despite the financial hit Vegas casinos took during the pandemic.

Julia Koch

Julia Koch 

Julia Koch — Net Worth: $46.6 Billion

Country: United States
The Koch family owns the vast majority of Koch Industries (the largest private company in the U.S. as of 2020), and Julia, widow of David Koch who passed away in 2019, owns 42-percent of it along with her kids.

MacKenzie Scott

MacKenzie Scott

MacKenzie Scott — Net Worth: $53 Billion

Country: United States
Though her marriage to tech billionaire Jeff Bezos ended in 2019, MacKenzie Scott has made a name for herself during the COVID pandemic through her hefty philanthropic donations, including, Forbes notes, giving away $5.8 billion in grants to 500 nonprofits.

Alice Walton
Alice Walton 

Alice Walton — Net Worth: $61.8 Billion

Country: United States
The Walmart scion, Alice Walton used to sit at the top of this list, thanks to the huge fortune left to her by Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers 

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers — Net Worth: $73.6 Billion

Country: France
Cosmetics have been good to Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, granddaughter of L’Oréal founder Eugene Schueller, and board member of the global cosmetics behemoth.

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