The annual ranking of all the billionaires in the world was recently released by Forbes magazine, and incredibly 256 of the 2,208 super rich people were women. Even though less than 12 percent of the index is made up of females, this number does mark a record high for women.
Among the top 20 wealthiest individuals in the world, there were just two women, who both inherited their fortunes. At 16th place, with a net worth around $46 billion is Alice Walton, whose father was the creator of the superstore chain Walmart. The new matriarch of the family who founded L’Oréal, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, ranked 18th with a fortuned valued at $42.2 billion.
While the majority of female billionaires were made by inheritance, there were 72 women who were self-made billionaires, which is an all-time high according to Forbes. The Post report, “In pole position is the China-born, Hong Kong billionaire Zhou Qunfei, who is in her late 40s. Zhou’s fortune, which the magazine pegs at $7.8 billion, derives from Lens Technology, the smartphone screen maker she created. According to Forbes, the countries with the large numbers of female billionaires were the United States and China. That’s not exactly surprising, given that they’re the first and second largest economies in the world. That said, it’s also important to note that while many women inherited wealth, the likes of Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart (in 69th spot with a fortune of $17.2 billion) and German industrialist Susanne Klatten (32nd place, $25 billion) played significant roles in growing those fortunes.”
In 1,650th place with $1.47 billion is the list’s youngest member, 21-year-old Alexandra Andresen of Norway, who has a large stake in the family-owned hedge fund that is operated by her father. (, $1.47 billion), who at 21 has a huge stake in a family-owned hedge fund that her father still runs. The oldest woman is Peru’s
93-year-old Ana Maria Brescia Cafferata of Peru is the list’s oldest woman in the 1,561th position with $1.5 billion. Her company controls the majority of the fish meal supply in the world.
The list is of course topped by the usual extremely wealthy. Jeff Bezos of Amazon was number one with his net value at $112 billion, with $90 billion Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates took second, and third was investor Warren Buffet with $84 billion.
By Hannah Hayes