Who Is the Richest Woman in the World?

The richest woman in the world is a title that has been held by many over the years. These women have made their fortunes in a variety of ways, from inheritances to business ventures.

Keep reading to find out who is the wealthiest of them all.

Who Is the Richest Woman in the World?

(Source: Forbes)

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder, is currently the wealthiest woman in the world, with a net worth of $74.8 billion.

While it’s nothing close to the net worth of the richest man on earth, Elon Musk, who is worth over $200 billion, it’s still a lot of money.

The second place belongs to Alice Walton (net worth: $65.3 billion), while the third richest lady in the world is Julia Koch (net worth: $60 billion).

Interesting Stats and Facts on Women Billionaires

How many female billionaires are there, who is the youngest self-made billionaire, and how do they compare to male billionaires?

Let’s find out.

There are only 327 women on Forbes 2022 billionaires list.

(Source: Forbes)

There are 2,668 billionaires on Forbes’s 2022 billionaires list, and their collective worth is estimated at $12.7 trillion. However, only 327 of them are women.

What’s more, most of them, including the top-three wealthiest women, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, Alice Walton, and Julia Koch, inherited their money.

Fan Hongwei is the richest self-made woman in the world who became a billionaire.

(Source: Forbes / Bloomberg)

Fan Hongwei, the chair of Hengli Petrochemical, has a net worth of $18.2 billion. She became a self-made billionaire by obtaining a failing fiber textile factory that is now one of the world’s largest weaving enterprises.

Caroline Hagen Kjos is the youngest, richest woman in the world.

(Source: Women in the World)

This 37-year-old Norwegian businesswoman is the chairman of a private investment company, Canica AS holding, that operates in Norway and Switzerland. Her current net worth is estimated at $2.1 billion.

Who is the richest black woman in the world?

(Source: Creeb Hills)

Oprah Winfrey is. She’s a well-known television host, actress, and author. Her net worth is estimated at $2.6 billion.

Savitri Jindal, the wealthiest woman entrepreneur in Asia, has a net worth of $18 billion.

(Source: India Times)

Savitri Jindal, a 72-year-old Indian entrepreneur, is currently the richest businesswoman in Asia. The chairperson of O.P. Jindal Group managed to surpass Yang Huiyan, the previous richest Asian entrepreneur, whose net worth dropped by 52% due to China’s real estate slump.

Rihanna is the youngest self-made billionaire in the US.

(Source: CNBC)

Rihanna has amassed a net worth of $1.4 billion by the age of 34, which makes her the youngest self-made billionaire in the US. Most of Riri’s money comes from her music career and three retail firms — Fenty Skin, Fenty Beauty, and Savage X Fenty.

Wrapping Up

So, there you have it – the richest women in the world and some interesting facts about them. While many of them inherited their wealth, there are a few self-made billionaires, such as Fan Hongwei and Rihanna.

And although the number of female billionaires is still relatively small compared to the number of male billionaires, it’s encouraging to see that the gap is slowly but surely closing.


Marina is a content writer and a film-maker who spends most of her time in front of the computer, writing articles and blog posts on various subjects, learning fictional languages or editing avant-garde movies. This compulsive penchant for learning new ways of dreaming and writing became her dream job. When she's not obsessing about work she tries to cook, read dystopian novels and go on adventures with her dog.

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