The World’s Richest Women
Company : Altana Germany
Net Worth: $17.4 billion
Before Susan joined Altana she use to work for advertising agency Young & Rubicam after finishing her degree course in business finance. Apart from that, Susan also has a degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Buckingham and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne.
She married Jan Klatten in 1990, whom she met while doing her internship in BMW.
She is also one of the biggest donors of the Centre Right Political Party and Christiian Democratic Union
During free time she loves to play golf and ski in Austria
After the demise of her father, Susan had inherited his 50.1% stake in the pharmaceutical and chemicals manufacturer Atlanta.
She owns 25% stake in German wind turbine manufacturer, Nordex
Susan Also has 12.50% stake in BMW left by her father.
Company : Mars incorporated USA
Net worth: $19.5 billion
Mars finished her schooling from the Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and attained a degree in Anthropology from the Bryn Mawr College in 1961.
She was married to Mark H. Badger in 1961, but the couple separated in 1984. In 1986 she married Hank Vogel, but this one also lasted only for 8 years.
Mars’ father Forrest Mars Sr. and Frank C. Mars were the founders of American Candy company Mars incorporated. She inherited her father’s wealth along with two of her brothers. In a list revealed by forbes, Mars was ranked as the 36th richest person in the world.
Company : Hancock Australia
Net worth: $17.6 billion
Rinehart completed her high school education from the St. Hilda’s Angilican School for girls. She was studying economics in the University of Sydney before dropping out and working with her father.
Rinehart married Greg Milton in 1973 when she was 19 years old. Their marriage didn’t last and the couple divorced in 1981.
In 1983 she married Frank Rinehart, a corporate lawyer from Las Vegas, they had two children. Frank passed away in 1990.
Rinehart is a mining heiress and chairman of Hancock Prospecting group.
Rinehart also shares 50% profits generated from the Hope’s Down’s Mine
She has a 10% stake in Network Holdings
In June 2012 She increased her stake of 12% in Fairfax Media to the highest ever stake held by a board member in the company at 18.67%
She was ranked as the fourth richest woman in the world by Forbes in 2012 when her company boomed to a net worth of $18 million.
Rinehart is an active member of the SISHA, a non profit organization that helps in the rescuing of sexually exploited women and children and campaigning against human trafficking.
Company : Walmart USA
Net worth: $35.3billion
Alice Walton was born in Newport, Arkansas. She finished her graduation from Trinity University with a B.A in Economics and finance.
After completing her studies she joined First Commerce Corporation where she started off as an equity analyst and went on to become the vice chairperson and head of all investment relations.
Walton got married to a Louisiana Investment banker at the age of 24. The marriage however lasted only for two and a half years. She also got married to a contractor later on, but that marriage too was not successful.
Waltan has a passion for painting ever since she was very young.
She bought her first ever painting at the age of ten, it was a reproduction of Picasso’s Blue Nude.
She bought Asher Brown Durand’s celebrated painting Kindred Spirits for a whopping $35 million in 2005.
She also purchased many other artistic works of Wilson Homer, Edward Hopper and many more.
Walton’s parents, Sam Walton and Helen Walton were the founders of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Bloomberg billionaire’s index had ranked her as the 13th richest person in the world.
Company : L’Oreal France
Net worth: $34 billion
Bettencourt was born in Paris, France. She was the only child of her parents, Louise Madeleine Berthe, who passed away when she was just 5 and father Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal.
Bettencourt began working with her father at the age of 15 as an apprentice.
It was in the year 1950 when Bettencourt got married to French politician Andre Bettencourt who later on went on to become the deputy chairman of L’Oreal
In 1957 when her father died Bettencourt inherited his fortune of becoming the principal shareholder of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics and beauty companies.
However in 1975 bettencourt feared her company would get nationalized, after the French elections and hence exchanged almost half of all her stakes for buying a 3% stakein Nestle SA.
According to the Hurun Global rich list, Bettencourt is the 15th richest person in the world.
Bettencourt along with her husband and her daughter founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation in 1987.
The fund helps in many humanitarian projects as well as cultural and social activities and also funds for scientific educations.