The World’s Richest Women in 2012

The presence of woman can be seen in all fields of life; in business also she has marked her place. Forges released the list of top twenty one women billionaires in the world as per 2012. Out of these, only one has a self-made fortune all the others embrace their family fortune.

1. Christy Walton, 57

Christy Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton who founded Wal-Mart. After her husband’s death in a plane accident she inherited his wealth in 2007. She was backed with her husband’s initial investments in First Solar. After the initial public offering of 2006 shares of the company rise up to 500%. She has a net fortune of $25.3 billion. It was the second time she is crowned with the title world’s richest woman.

2. Liliane Bettencourt, 89

She is the grand daughter of Eugène Schueller, the founder of cosmetic giant L’Oreal. This 89-year-old business tycoon has a collective profit of $24 million.

3. Alice Walton, 62

She is the daughter of Sam Walton who founded the original Bentonville store with his brother in 1962. This heiress is set to open Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark, this November. Today Wal-Mart has sales of $405 billion and employs 2.1 million people. Her net worth is closer to $23.3 million.

4. Georgina Rinehart, 58

High iron ore prices and a hike in exports to China favored her fortune for the past few years, but what made her popular were the domestic issues. As per the deal signed in January, 15% of her yet-to-develop Roy Hill ore iron mine’s stake was handed over to South Korean steel giant Posco. It almost doubled her fortune to 18 $billion.

5. Iris Fontbona, 69

She is the second wife of billionaire Andronicus Luks. He died of cancer in 2005. She became in charge of Antofagasta, one of the leading copper miners in Chile. She has a net worth of $17.8 billion.

6. Birgit Rausing, 88

Her husband died in 2000 and she and her three children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval, Sweden. It was founded by her father-in-law in 1944 which bought revolutionary change in packaging especially packaging of liquids like juices and milk. She has a fortune pegged at $14 billion.

7. Jacqueline Mars, 72

Mars family’s time-tested products like Chocolate named snickers and M&Ms and pet food called pedigree have a great demand even in this recession-hit market. This confectionary Giant in USA assumed gum maker Wrigley for $23 billion. Together, the sales hit up to $30 billion. She amassed a personal fortune of $13.8 billion.

8. Sussane Klatten, 49

After the death of her father Herbert Quandt she inherited stake in the auto manufacturer giant BMW, Germany. Herbert rescued the company from bankruptcy in early 1960s. This M.B.A holder and economist inherited 20% stake in Pharmaceuticals Atlanta and delisted it after acquiring it completely. Together these, she is able to gather a net worth of $13 billion.

9. Anne Cox Chambers, 92

She is the daughter of Cox enterprises, US, founder James.M.Cox. She completed her high school education at 17 and worked in a newspaper before spending $26000 for Dayton Evening News in 1898. Her personal wealth triggers up to $12.5 billion.

10. Savithri Jindal, 62

The famous O P Tindal group, a steel and power company in India, which was founded by her husband Om Prakash Tindal, holds revenue of $12 billion. Even though she owns it, her four sons — Prithviraj, Sajjan, Ratan and Naveen run the businesses. She has a net fortune of $10 billion

11. Abigail Johnson, 50

America’s top mutual fund company Fidelity is owned by Abigail’s father Edward C Johnson. He was the president of the company for 15 years. After finishing MBA she joined her father’s company as an equity portfolio manger. She raised her personal wealth up to $10.3 billion.

12. Johanna Quandt

She is the former secretary and third wife of the German executive Herbert Quandt who rescued auto-maker Giant BMW. Though she retired from the supervisory board in 1997 she still owns 17 % stake of the $72 billion sales. Her children Susanne Klatten and Stephen Quandt also hold large stakes in the company. She has a net worth of $10 billion.

13. Laurene Powell Jobs

She is the wife of Steve Jobs who was the co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc., Disney. He died in October 2011. She inherited his fortune after his death and raised it up to $ 9 billion.

14. Charlene de Charvalho-Heineken, 57

She inherited the famous Dutch brewer Heineken of Netherlands from her father Freddy Heineken. The company spreads in 65 countries with 170 premium brands. She has a net worth hovering around $7.7 billion.

15. Miuccia Prada, 62

She is the grand daughter of Mario Prada who founded Prada which is an Italian Fashion labeled company of luxury goods. Now Miuccia and her husband run the company. She accumulates a wealth of $6.8 billion.

16. Antonia Johnson, 68

This Sweden’s richest woman inherited her father’s diversified trading company named Axel Johnson Group in 1982. The company which marked its efficiency in many fields like energy, telecom and real estate holds sales of $6.3 billion. She has a net fortune of $6.5 billion.

17. Blair Parry Okeden, 61

Grand daughter of James M Cox, who is the founder of Cox Enterprises, acquired 25% stake from her mother Barbara Cox Anthony after her death in 2007. She gathers a personal fortune worth $6.3 billion.

18. Wu Yajun, 48

She is the only richest female who owns a self-made fortune. She is a former journalist graduated from Department of Navigational Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnic University. She worked as a journalist and editor in China Shirong News Agency. Her business empire of real estate has been rapidly growing for the last sixteen years. Her husband also has stake in her company. With her determination and hard work, she gathered a net worth of $5.7 billion

19. Yang Huiyan, 30

She holds the major share in real estate developer Country Garden Holdings. The company was founded by her father Yang Guoqiang in 1997. He transferred his holdings to her before the company’s Hong Kong IPO in 2007. She has an estimated wealth of $4.7 billion.

20. Rosalia Mera, 68

She is the Spain’s richest woman who is the co-founder of the Inditex, parent company of Zara retail stores, with her ex-husband Amanacio Ortega. Even though they were divorced she still possess 5.8 %stake in $16.1 billion along with a surge of cash from its IPO that minted her $600 million at a time. Rosalia was estimated by Forbes to be worth of $4.5 billion.

Do you think that money is not important in life, it is important! Money, cannot buy you happiness but it will at least help you be miserable in a much more comfortable way.

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  • May 26, 2012 at 3:58 am
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    Thanks for valuable information!

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