Richest Women in the World

2014 is witnessing more women billionaires than ever before in the history of mankind. In this write-up, we'll take a look at 20 of the richest ladies on the planet.
Entertainism Staff
Women on the Rise
This year, there are 172 women billionaires, 34 more than last year, and easily the most when compared to any year since records have been maintained.
At present, there are 1,645 billionaires in the world, who collectively have amassed a whopping USD 6.4 trillion. This is a whole USD 1 trillion more than the previous year. This happened even though 100 billionaires dropped off the list, while another 14 died. The biggest gainer over the past one year has been Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, whose fortune more than doubled to USD 28.5 billion.

The United States leads with 492 billionaires, followed by China with 152, and Russia with 111. Algeria, Lithuania, Tanzania, and Uganda have billionaires for the first time ever. 66% billionaires built their own fortunes, 21% inherited wealth and then added to it to become billionaires, while 13% simply inherited billions and joined the exclusive club.
Top 10 Richest Women in the World
Christy Walton
Christy Walton is the widow of John Walton from Wal-Mart. She inherited her huge fortune when he died in 2005. She has taken back the number 1 spot this year, largely due to the shares she owns in First Solar, which have jumped nearly 50% in value since 2013. Christy is also one of the highest charity donors among women around the world. The Walton family is believed to possess a cumulative net worth that is well over $100 billion.
Even though Liliane's wealth swelled in the past year, she still lost her top spot this time to Christy Walton. Nevertheless, although she is not involved in running the affairs of L'Oréal any longer, the stock of the French cosmetic giant has gone up nearly 10% in the past year, which is the reason why her net worth has jumped to almost 35 billion dollars. Liliane is involved in charities related to scientific education and research, humanitarian and social projects, and culture and arts.
Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. Alice started her career as an equity analyst and investment banker. As far as philanthropy is concerned, she is a board member of the Walton Family Foundation, and is known to give millions to charity. She is quite accident prone, and has been involved in three automobile mishaps in her life, while behind the wheel.
Jacqueline Mars
When her father Forrest Mars died, Jacqueline, along with her two brothers inherited Mars, the largest candy company in the world. Mars produces 400 million M&Ms every day, and has a sales turnover of $33 billion. She is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, the founder of the company. Jacqueline has a degree in anthropology.
Gina is known as the richest individual in all of Australia, and is also the country's highest private taxpayer. She is the daughter of late Lang Hancock, who was an iron ore and coal business magnate. Gina also has a significant stake in Fairfax Media and Ten Network Holdings. For a brief period in 2012, she managed to become the richest lady in the world.
Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten is the richest woman in Germany. Along with her mother and brother, she owns nearly half of auto giant BMW. She also has significant powers in chemical manufacturer Altana, and owns nearly all of its stakes. Susanne also has huge stakes in Nordex, Paques, and Avista Oil. She is on the advisory board of BMW and Altana.
abigail johnson
Fidelity Investments is the 2nd biggest mutual fund company in the United States, possessing more than $1.6 trillion in assets. Currently, Abigail is the president of Fidelity Financial Services, and tipped to take over as CEO of Fidelity when her father retires. With an MBA from Harvard University, she joined the company as an analyst way back in 1988. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers has been the ambassador to Belgium under the Jimmy Carter administration. She is a media proprietor with a huge stake in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire which comprises newspapers, television, radio, and cable television, besides other businesses. Anne is involved in a wide range of cultural and educational charities, and is on the board of numerous organizations.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, and controls the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust, which own nearly 140 million shares in The Walt Disney Company, making her Disney's largest shareholder. She is also the founder Emerson Collective, and co-founder and President of the Board of College Track. Laurene is even on the board of directors of many charity organizations.
Johanna Quandt
Johanna is the widow of industrialist Herbert Quandt, who is well-known for having resurrected auto giant BMW from bankruptcy. She owns nearly half of BMW, along with her son and daughter. Johanna was part of BMW's supervisory board till 1997, and is now actively involved with child-cancer institutions. Besides this, she is also known to be a big donor to political parties in Germany.
Billionaires Chasing the Top 10
Rank Name Worth Source
11. Miuccia Prada (64)
$11.1 b Prada, Miu Miu
12. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (59)
$10.4 b Heineken
13. Elaine Marshall (68)
$8.8 b Koch Industries
14. Antonia Johnson (70)
$8.5 b Axel Johnson AB
15. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus (52)
$8.1 b Louis Dreyfus
16. Huiyan Yang (32)
$6.9 b Country Garden Holdings
17. Pansy Ho (51)
(Hong Kong)
$6.4 b Shun Tak Holdings
Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau
18. Dannine Avara (39)
$6.3 b Enterprise Products Partners LP
19. Randa Duncan Williams (51)
$6.3 b Enterprise Products Partners LP
20. Milane Frantz (43)
$6.3 b Enterprise Products Partners LP
One thing is certain, the coming years will see more and more women coming to the fray and joining the ranks of these successful ladies.