Meet 2021’s richest women in the world

Highlights

  • Forbes’ 2021 list of the World’s Billionaires features 328 women.
  • The women on the list are worth USD 1.53 trillion, ~ 60% up over the past year.
  • The list features the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire- 31-year-old Bumble cofounder Whitney Wolfe Herd.

Every year Forbes releases its exclusive list of the world’s richest women in the world. This year’s list is all the more remarkable due to multiple reasons. 2021 is celebrating about 36% more women than the previous year: so the current count of Forbes’ 2021 list features 328 world’s billionaire women.

Why is this year’s list significant?

This year’s Forbes list of the world’s richest women is unique as it has one great piece of news. It features the world’s youngest self-made woman billionaire. Unfortunately, it becomes excessively challenging for women to reach enormous heights in a world run by men. But, crossing all the hurdles that come in the way, we now have hundreds of women billionaires around the globe.

Out of which, we now have the youngest woman billionaire CEO: Whitney Wolfe Herd. She is 31 years old, co-founder of Bumble. Whitney’s worth is USD 1.3 billion. Additionally, she is one of 63 women who joined Forbes annual World’s Billionaires list for the first time this year. 

                   

Who are the top ten richest women in the world?

 

Another reason it’s a special year is that, despite the pandemic, the total number of billionaire women on the list has increased from 241 last year to 328 this year. Additionally, women around the globe, from the USA to China, are part of the list.

Another crucial aspect is that the total worth of these women has increased by 60% from the previous year, taking the sum to USD 1.53 trillion. However, 12 women from the list share their wealth with either their siblings, children or partners. The rest of them are independently the richest billionaire women in the world.

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Women are faring well in a world run by men

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Following is the list of the world’s top ten richest billionaire women. Please note that the net worth is as of March 2, 2021. 

  1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers and family: Françoise Bettencourt is 67 years old. Her main source of income is through L’oreal. Her net worth is USD 73.6 billion. Françoise Bettencourt has France’s citizenship.
  2. Alice Walton: Alice is 71 years old from the United States. Her primary source of income is through Walmart. She is currently worth USD 61.8 billion. In the last year, she has gained USD 7.4 billion.
  3. Mackenzie Scott: Mackenzie is 57 years old; she is from the United States. Her primary source of income is via Amazon. Her current net worth is USD 52 billion.
  4. Julia Koch and family: Julia is 58 years old; she has United States citizenship. Her primary source of income is through Koch industries.
  5. Miriam Adelson: Miriam is 75 years old; she is from the United States of America. Her current source of income is through casinos, and her wealth stands at USD 38.2 billion.
  6. Jacqueline Mars: Jacqueline is from the United States; she is 81 years old. Her primary source of income is generated through Candy and pet food. She is currently worth USD 31.3 billion.
  7. Yang Huiyan and family: Yang Huiyan is 39 years old, she is from China. Yang Huiyan’s primary income is generated through real estate. Additionally, she is worth USD 29.6 billion.
  8. Susanne Klatten: Susanne is from Germany. She is 58 years old, her primary source of income is through BMW and pharmaceuticals. Her current fortune amounts to USD 27.7 billion.
  9. Gina Rinehart: Gina is from Australia; she’s 67 years old. Gina’s primary source of income is through mining, and she has a current fortune of USD 23.6 billion.
  10. Iris Fontbona and family: Iris is from Chile; she is 78 years old. Herr primary income is generated through mining. Iris’s current wealth stands at USD 23.3 billion.

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Bottom line

Women around the world are breaking barriers, reaching new heights, and turning the game around. But, with more younger women, from different continents rising high, the world economy is yet to see the full potential of women around the globe.

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