The 20 Richest Women in the World and Their Secrets to Success
It’s not just men who are wealthy in the business world you know?! There are plenty of crazy wealthy women out there too. Here is a compilation list of the 20 richest women in the world. These successful señoritas are some of the most inspiring and incredible women on the planet. Let’s pay tribute to them right now.
Blair Parry-Okeden – $8.86b
American-born businesswoman Blair owns 25% of the hugely successful Cox Enterprises. The company is a privately held conglomerate and a leading player in the media and communications sectors. Blair co-owns the company with her family, but she has no role in the company. A resident of New South Wales, and recently an Australian citizen, Blair was named by Forbes as one of Australia’s richest women by net worth. She is a quiet and unassuming professional who keeps her private life private. Blair has shunned the limelight and instead has kept busy writing children’s books.
Yang Huiyan – $9.87b
Yang was once one of the richest people in all of China and is currently the richest woman in Asia. The 35-year-old is the majority shareholder of property development company Country Garden. Her 52% stake in the business has netted her a little shy of $10 billion and has made her the world’s youngest female billionaire. She is in charge of the company’s developmental strategies and has recently sold more shares to raise more cash for the company. She is a graduate of Ohio State University, and an inspiration to any woman out there.
Massimiliana Landini Aleotti – $10.6b
Italian businesswoman Massimiliana has generated her fortune from pharmaceutical company Menarini, a business she inherited following the death of her late husband. She has been a huge influence in the global growth and stature of this company, and it is now considered to be the leading pharmaceutical in Italy. As one of the world’s richest women, Aleotti shows that women can enjoy staggering success in the world of business, no matter what sector they are involved in. With a net personal fortune of over $10.5 billion, this is a woman to add to your ‘watch’ list.
Sara Mota de Larrea – $10.6b
Mexico’s richest woman achieved great personal wealth by shrewdly becoming a majority shareholder in Grupo Mexico. This is a company that operates mines in Mexico, with a focus on zinc, gold, and silver. Mining is a huge source of revenue in Mexico, and the company has a revenue of around $8 billion annually. They also run an oil drilling business and are Mexico’s biggest railroad operator. This empire is one of the most lucrative in all of Mexico. Sara’s late husband Jorge was known as the King of Copper, and following his death, she inherited 32% of the copper mine empire.
Beate Heister – $11.2b
German billionaire Beate Heister is the daughter of entrepreneur Karl Albrecht, and most recognisable as the founder of discount supermarket chain Aldi. Germany’s second largest supermarket chain has made its presence felt all across Europe. Under the management of Beate, and her brother Karl, Aldi has grown as a chain and is now one of the most successful in the world. Beate has an impressive personal fortune of more than $11 billion. This makes her one of the world’s richest women, and, the way Aldi has been performing, we can only see that figure increasing in the years to come.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken – $12.1b
Owning a 25% controlling stake in the world’s second-largest brewer sounds like a pretty awesome job to have, to be honest! As you may have guessed from her name, Charlene has a 25% stake in Heineken International. The company was founded in 1864 and is stronger than ever today. Charlene’s father left his stake and fortune to his daughter when he passed away, and she has helped the company blossom. She also has a law degree and is married to financial advisor Michel de Carvalho. Charlene is one of the richest women in the world and currently resides in London.
Birgit Rausing – $12.6b
Birgit Rausing is a Swedish businesswoman and philanthropist who has amassed wealth totalling or $12.5 billion in her career. The majority of this fortune has come from Tetra Pak, a revolutionary food packaging company. She is the daughter-in-law of Ruben Rausing, who invented Tetra Pak, and Birgit inherited the company when her husband passed away in 2000. As a result, she has been named as one of the wealthiest people on the planet, and the third wealthiest in Sweden. Birgit is also a well-known horse breeder and spends a lot of her time in the UK as a result.