When considering the world’s wealthiest women, many people tend to envision those who currently occupy the entertainment spotlight.
However, the women with the highest net worths may not be the most familiar faces, but they are associated with companies that are instantly recognizable.
Here are the 12 richest women in the world, according to Forbes’ list in March 2017.
12. Blair Parry-Okeden (Net Worth: 12.2 billion). Australia’s richest woman by net worth, Blair Parry-Okeden, is a billionaire heiress to Cox Enterprises, a privately held American conglomerate in Atlanta. Despite her powerful family, Parry-Okeden has chosen to reside in a small town and lived in anonymity until the death of her mother, Barbara Cox Anthony, made her a billionaire.
11. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (Net Worth: $12.6 billion). One of the richest women in the UK, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a businesswoman and owner of a 25% controlling stake in Heineken International, the world’s second largest brewer. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken had no money to her name except a single share of Heineken stock and was a stay-at-home mother of five with no business education, but when her father passed away when she was 47, she inherited control of Heineken and became a self-made heiress.
10. Beate Heister (Net Worth: $13.6 billion). German billionaire, Beate Heister, is the daughter of Karl Albrecht Sr., who transformed his family’s suburban corner store into a leading global discount supermarket chain, Aldi, with his brother. Known to be “notoriously reclusive,” Heister has never worked for the company her father pioneered, but she sits on the advisory board alongside her husband and son.
9. Iris Fontbona (Net Worth: $13.7 billion). Fontbona ranks as the 101st wealthiest person in the world and holds the title of being the wealthiest person in Chile. Iris’s husband, Andrónico Luksic, built a fortune in mining and beverages and left his businesses (Antofagasta PLC) to her and their three sons when he died in 2005. Fontbona has set records for her philanthropic efforts, including a $4.3 million donation to the Chilean Telethon, which aims to help children with physical disabilities.
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