Ruling a man's world: The 5 richest women in 2018

Ruling a man's world: The 5 richest women in 2018

Men usually dominate when it comes to wealth, and although they still score the top 10 spots on Forbes' richest people in the world list, women are slowly but surely gaining on them.

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An all-time high of 256 women made the 2018 Forbes World’s Billionaires rankings. Forbes reported the ladies' collective net worth reached over $1 trillion, which is roughly R11.8 trillion.

YEN takes a look at the five richest women in the world and what their net worths are.

1. Alice Walton

The 5 richest women in the world

Alice Walton, the richest woman in the world. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Alice Walton scored the number one spot as the richest woman in 2018 and the overall 16th place on the list of Billionaires in the world.

Walton has an estimated net worth of $46 billion. Her wealth is largely accumulated through her shares in Walmart, which was founded by her father, Sam Walton.

2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyer

The 5 richest women in the world

Francoise Bettencourt Meyer inherited shares in L'oreal when her mother died at age 94. Photo credit: Getty images

Meyer has a $42.2 billion net worth all thanks to her 33% shares in the cosmetics giant L'oreal, making her the second richest woman in 2018.

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3. Sussane Klatten

The 5 richest women in the world

Klatten is the third richest woman in the world after she inherited shares in BMW. Photo credit: Getty Images

Klatten comes in at number three with a net worth of $25 billion due to her inherited stakes in BMW.

4. Jacqueline Mars

Mars made her $23.6 billion with her stakes in the American candy company named "Mars". Her grandfather was one of the founders of the candy company.

The 5 richest women in the world

Jacqueline Mars is the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founder of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. Photo credit: Getty Images

5. Yang Huiyan

The Chinese property developer comes in at number five on the list of richest women in the world this year.

Huiyan has an estimated net worth $21.8 billion, making her the richest woman in Asia.

The 5 richest women in the world

The 36-year-old is the youngest billionaire in the top 5 list of richest women in the world. Photo credit: Investors king

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