Currently, the world’s richest woman and the 14th richest person in the world, as of 2022, is Liliane Bettencourt. With a net worth of over $74.8 billion, she makes her money from the cosmetics company L’Oreal SA, which she owns through an inheritance from her father, who started the company in 1907. In 2022, however, Bettencourt will be 97 years old and will likely have passed away. Let’s take a look at the 10 richest women in the world by 2022 and what they did to get their fortune!
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is French and has a net worth of $74.8 billion as of 2022, according to Forbes. She is currently ranked as one of the richest women in France and is among Europe’s wealthiest individuals. The daughter of L’Oreal co-founder Eugene Schueller, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers inherited her father’s stake in L’Oreal when he died unexpectedly at age 91.
2. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is an American heiress to a fortune from Wal-Mart, she is currently known as being one of the world’s wealthiest women. She’s also one of the top shareholders for Wal-Mart and owns over 6% of Wal-Mart. Overall, Alice Walton is worth an estimated $65.3 billion dollars, making her #2 on our list of richest women by 2022.
3. Julia Koch
With husband David and the couple’s children, Julia Koch, who is the widow of conservative donor and philanthropist David Koch, owns a 42% stake in Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the U.S. His older brother, Charles Koch, is chairman and also owns a 42% stake.
4. MacKenzie Scott
She was just granted her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019. In just over two years, she has donated $12.5 billion to over 1,250 organizations.
5. Jacqueline Mars
Mars is heir to an estimated one-third of Mars Incorporated, the conglomerate behind the M&M’s and other candies, such as IAMS and Pedigree. The company was founded by her grandfather, Frank C. Mars, in 1911.
6. Gina Rinehart
Rinehart chairs the Australian mining and agriculture company Hancock Prospecting Group, which was founded by her father Lang Hancock (d. 1992). She has been embroiled in a court battle against her adult children over a family trust that has dragged on for years; the next legal action will not be decided until next year. the judge reportedly rescheduled their next court date to 2023.
7. Miriam Adelson
The widow of Las Vegas Sands magnate Sheldon Adelson, Miriam, now owns her late-husband’s nearly 50% stake in the company following his death in early 2021. Following his death, the company agreed to sell its most coveted assets in Las Vegas, including the Venetian Resort and the Sands Expo and Convention Center, for $6.25 billion in an effort to focus on the Asia market.
8. Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten owns about 19% of German automaker BMW. Susanne Klatten is a German heiress and investor. Her father, Herbert Quandt, made his money by investing in BMW after WWII. Klatten also owns chemicals company Altana. She is currently ranked 8th on Forbes’s The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.
9. Iris Fontbona
After her husband died from cancer in 2005, Fontbona became a well-to-do mining mogul. And the majority of her holdings, both mining and beverages, go to the Fontbona family. Antofagasta Plc, the family’s major stake, trades on the London Stock Exchange. They also own a significant stake in Quiñenco, a publicly-traded Chilean conglomerate which has businesses in banking, beer, and manufacturing.
10. Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson has been the CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014. She inherited the company from her father who died in March and was heir to her grandfather who founded the company in 1946.