Many people have inquired about Elon Musk’s net worth and if he truly is the richest person in the world after the recent buzz about his buying of Twitter for $44 billion. Even though the top 10 richest persons on earth are all men, 327 women fall within the category of billionaires, according to a 2022 Forbes survey, and their combined wealth is $1.56 trillion.
Many of these women are socialites to enormous wealth, but others of them are self-made because they started or co-started successful businesses that brought them money. Here are the top 10 richest women in the world as of the Forbes 2022 report, along with information on how each of them became wealthy and their current net worth.
1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the granddaughter of the founder of L’Oréal, her source of wealth is this business and her net worth is $74.8 billion.
2. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton and this business is her source of wealth, her net worth is $65.3 billion.
3. Julia Koch
Julia Koch is the widow of David Koch, she and her children own a 42% stake in Koch Industries, this sets her net worth at $60 billion.
MacKenzie Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the executive chairman of Amazon, and her net worth sits at $43.6 billion but she is regarded as a prolific philanthropist after donating $12.5 billion in the last two years.
With a net worth of $31.7 billion, Jacqueline Mars inherited roughly 33% of Mars Inc, the candy and pet food conglomerate behind brands such as IAMS and M&M’s.
Her net worth is $30.2 billion, she chairs the mining and agriculture company Hancock Prospecting Group (founded by her father Lang Hancock).
Miriam Adelson is the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, her net worth stands at $27.5 billion according to Forbes.
Susanne Klatten owns chemicals company Altana, she also owns roughly 19% of BMW which she inherited from her parents, her net worth is $24.3 billion.
Iris Fontbona is the widow of Chilean magnate Andrónico Luksic, her source of wealth is described as “Mining” by Forbes, her net worth is $22.8 billion.
Abigail Johnson has acted as CEO of Fidelity Investments since 2014 when she took over for her father Ned Johnson III, her net worth stands at $21.2 billion.