Who is the richest woman in the world in 2021?

Who is the richest woman in the world? How much is his fortune? Forbes unveiled the ranking of the richest women. And it has 1 French.

TADAM… The ranking for the year 2021 of the largest fortunes in the world drawn up by the American magazine Forbes has 328 women. There are therefore 328 women billionaires in the world, more than the year 2020 when only 234 women were on the list of the richest personalities in the world.

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In his world’s wealthiest female billionaires, top list of the richest women in the world published on March 17, 2021, the magazine had fun amount to billions of dollars the combined sum of these larger female fortunes. It is an understatement to say that the result is giddy: on their own, these 328 women total 1000.53 billion dollars. An amount that has more than doubled since 2020 (+ 60% according to Forbes).

Françoise Bettencourt is the richest woman in the world in 2021 according to Forbes. Credit: Flickr CC 401 (K) 2012.

1.Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers, richest woman in the world

If we take a closer look at this top of the richest women in the world, the big surprise comes from elsewhere: the richest woman in the world is a Frenchwoman. The gold palm for the richest woman in the world goes to Françoise Bettencourt Meyers. At 68, Françoise Bettencourt, heir to the L’Oréal group and granddaughter of its founder (Eugène Schueller), is at the head of a real empire whose net fortune is estimated at 73.6 billion dollars.

The only daughter of Liliane Bettencourt, who died in 2017, and André Bettencourt (died in 2007) Françoise Bettencourt Meyers took the reins of the cosmetic industry juggernaut L’Oréal after the death of her mother. By taking up the torch, Françoise Bettencourt is positioning herself as the richest woman in the world in 2021.

Here is the full top 10 female fortunes of the year according to Forbes:

1. Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers : a fortune valued at 73.6 billion dollars
2. Alice Walton: fortune valued at $ 61.8 billion
3. MacKenzie Scott : fortune at $ 53 billion
4. Julia Koch & her family : fortune valued at 46.4 billion dollars
5. Miriam Adelson : fortune valued at 38.2 billion dollars
6. Jacqueline Mars : fortune valued at $ 31.3 billion
7. Yang Huiyan & his family : fortune valued at $ 29.6 billion
8. Susanne Klatten : fortune valued at $ 27.7 billion
9. Gina Rinehart : fortune valued at 23.6 billion dollars
10. Iris Fontbona & her family
: fortune valued at 23.3 billion dollars.

In detail, find out who are these powerful women who occupy the top 10 of the largest female fortunes in the world.

2. Alice Walton, 2nd biggest fortune in the world

With $ 61.8 billion, Alice Walton ranks second in the ranking of the richest women in the world. She is the daughter of Sam Walton, founder of the American company Walmart, leader in general retailing (number 1 ahead of the Carrefour group). Alice Walton inherited her father’s fortune upon his death, in turn benefiting from the burgeoning success of Walmart. The heavyweight of mass distribution has not suffered from the Covid pandemic. Quite the contrary. The company’s turnover jumped 6.7% in 2020, smashing its sales record until posting a titanic turnover of 559.2 billion dollars in 2020. What explains the account in Alice Walton’s well-stocked banks.

3. MacKenzie Scott: 3rd richest woman in the world

MacKenzie Scott takes 3rd place among the most opulent women in the world. Her fortune at $ 53 billion is easily explained since she is the ex wife of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. If their marriage ended in 2019, the ex-girlfriend of Jeff Bezos (who left the management of Amazon last July), did not leave with empty pockets but with a quarter of the shares of the amazon company. The billionaire and American novelist has managed to come out of the shadow of her ex-husband, and free herself from her image of “companion of” by illustrating herself through her philanthropy. Last June, MacKenzie Scott announced in a blog post that he was donating $ 2.739 billion to various associations. MacKenzie Scott thus proves that she is a woman with a big heart in addition to having a big wallet.

4. Julia Koch & her family, 4th richest woman in the world

With 46.4 billion dollars, Julia Koch squats the 4th place of the largest female fortunes in the world. Julia Koch inherited the estate from her husband, David Koch, who died in 2019, vice president of Koch Industries. The oil refinery company is considered the second largest in the United States.

5. Miriam Adelson, 5th richest woman in the world

With $ 38.2 billion, Miriam Adelson has the 5 largest fortune in the world owned by a woman. The billionaire and doctor by profession owes her fortune to the shares inherited from her late husband Sheldon Adelson (who died in January 2021), owner of casinos. It holds more than half of the shares of the establishments of the casinos Las Vegas Sands.

6. Jacqueline Mars, 6th richest woman in the world

With $ 31.3 billion, Jacqueline Mars holds the 6th largest female fortune in the world. It is the heir to Mars Incorporated and owns about a third of the shares of the agri-food giant known in particular for its confectionery and its brands of chocolate bars (Snickers, Twix …).

7. Yang Huiyan, 7th richest woman in the world

At $ 29.6 billion, Yang Huiyan has the 7th largest fortune in the world owned by a woman. She owes her enormous income to her father, a real estate developer at the head of Country Garden Holdings. Yang Huiyan is also in the ranking of the 10 Chinese billionaires 2021 where she is ranked 10th.

8. Susanne Klatten, 8th richest woman in the world

With $ 27.7 billion, Susanne Klatten has the 8th largest female fortune in the world in 2021. She is one of the main shareholders of the BMW automotive group, after having inherited shares from her mother Johana Quandt.

9. Gina Rinehart, 9th richest woman in the world

With 23.6 billion dollars, Gina Rinehart occupies 9th place in the ranking of the biggest fortunes for women in the world for the year 2021. The 67-year-old Australian leads the mining empire Hancock Prospecting Group, specializing in iron ore .

10. Iris Fontbona, 10th richest woman in the world

With 23.3 billion dollars, Iris Fontbona follows Gina Rinehart. And just like her, she has held the reins of a mining empire since the death of her husband Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, director of the company Antofagasta PLC.

The gender pay gap in France / Credit: Unsplash

The top richest women VS the reality of the “glass ceiling”

If these large fortunes leave some dreamers, these portraits of hyper powerful and wealthy women remain exceptions. They cannot make us forget the “glass ceiling” which persists in current French society and which is slowing down the emergence of a female success story. For those in the background, the expression glass ceiling, used for the first time in the 1970s by feminist sociologists, points out the difficulty that women have in occupying senior positions and in climb in the hierarchy. These invisible obstacles to the promotion and professional advancement of women remain a very present reality.

A glance of the CAC 40 is enough to realize it. The timid opening of the CAC 40 to women in executive and management committees is a striking illustration of this: only 2.5% of the 80 positions of chairman and / or general director of CAC40 companies are occupied in 2021 by women, points out report 2021 of the SKEMA Observatory on the feminization of companies. And in this meager 2.5%, there are 0 female CEOs, 0 female chairman of the board of directors and … only 2 women occupying the position of general manager.

Another figure shedding light on this solid glass ceiling in France: the management committees of companies only count 18% women at present, a sign that the gender pay gap there is still a gap that is difficult to bridge … Enough to seriously relativize the scope of rankings of women billionaires.

However, women can have a good heart against bad luck. The horizon could become clearer in the coming years: the State has passed a law establishing quotas for women in management large companies in May 2021. This bill provides that companies with more than 1000 employees must have at least 30% of women among their senior executives and members of governing bodies in 2027. A rate that should climb to 40% in 2030. In the event of non-compliance with this quota, the company will be exposed to a financial penalty “(up to 1% of the payroll).

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Who is the richest woman in the world in 2021?

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