There are quite a lot of rich women in the world, and they’ve all made their fortunes in different ways. Some are extremely lucky, others are hard hitters in the business world who’ve earned their stripes, and others married well. Australia’s 5 richest people aren’t all men, and a woman named Gina Rinehart is often ranked as the richest of them all. This isn’t rich as in comfortable and able to pay the bills without problems, but extremely wealthy and able to purchase just about anything on the spot if they so desired. The women in this league can afford to vacation in exotic locales while playing on Royal Vegas casino as servants tend to their every need — they’re definitely living privileged lives. Here’s a bit of information about some of the richest women in the world.
Gina Rinehart is one of the richest women in the world from any country, and she’s listed in just about all of the popular “who’s who of wealthy people” rankings. She’s a mining heiress and the head of Hancock Prospecting. Her father, Lang Hancock, founded the company and Gina inherited over 76 percent of it when he passed away. The Australian businesswoman’s wealth is estimated to be over $14 billion. That could buy a lot of rounds of games on Royal Vegas casino, but let’s be honest: she could just buy a few of her own brick and mortar casinos if she really wanted to.
The mining industry apparently spawns a lot of heiresses, because Angela Bennett is another woman who got rich via inheriting a mining company. Her father, Peter Wright, worked with Gina Rinehart’s father to found a business that would produce a ton of generational wealth. As of today, Angela’s net worth is about $1.55 billion.
This Australian woman made her fortune by divorcing her uber-wealthy husband — the divorce settlement totaled over one billion dollars. Judith married and divorced well, and now she’s able to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes without worry of what anyone thinks of her tastes: art collecting. She fancies the avant-garde, and now her bank account can handle just about any piece of artwork on the planet.
Alice Walton, of the famed Walton clan that launched the big box giant Walmart, is worth a staggering $32.3 billion. That’s more than the GDP of many small countries. It’s enough to buy several islands, a few lavish personal helicopters, yachts, mansions, and stadiums — she’s absolutely loaded. Alice doesn’t help with managing the business like her brothers do, but she still reaps the financial benefit of their work. However, Alice Walton does work on collecting art and she’s also a big-time political donor.
The richest woman in the world is Liliane Bettencourt, who hails from France. She’s as fabulous as one can get at 93 years old and inherited her fortune from her father, Eugene Schueller, who founded L’Oreal. The company is now one of the world’s largest cosmetic brands. Liliane Bettencourt owns 30.5 percent of L’Oreal’s shares, but few know the fine details of what she does with her wealth. She prefers to stay out of the media spotlight, but with a net worth of over $40 billion, it’s easy to see why so many people are interested in learning more about her life.
We hope that soon, more self-made women will be able to rank on top of the list for the world’s richest women, and people in general. Times are changing – and for the better.