Meet the world's 7 richest women with a combined wealth of over $200 billion

Meet the world's 7 richest women with a combined wealth of over $200 billion

Talk to most observers of social and political scenes and they will tell you that it is a man's world even though there are certain women with so much money enough to match a small country's GDP.

It is an easily verifiable truth that there are more powerful and wealthier men in the world but women are no slouches either.

There are very rich women who have either worked their way to the top or just the ones who were heiresses to so much fortune that they could literally not spend everything until death.

There is also the class of wealthy women who just married the right men.

In fairness, all rich people, men and women, are more similar than different. Wealth in itself is not gender-based although the distribution of wealth is dependent on the opportunities people have in society, and men tend to have more opportunities than women.

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1. Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Bettencourt-Meyers is the world's richest woman with an estimated wealth of about $49 billion. She was the daughter of and heiress to Lilianne Bettencourt, the founder of famous cosmetics brand L'Oreal.

2. Alice Walton

Alice Walton is also the heiress to the mega heritage of the supermarket chain, Walmart. Currently valued around $44 billion, Walton is also the world's 17th richest person.

3. MacKenzie Bezos

MacKenzie Bezos is actually a new entrant to this list courtesy of her divorce from the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos.

MacKenzie is now worth around $35 billion.

4. Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars' owns one-third of Mars, the famous confectionery company that makes Mars Bars among others.

The company was set up in 1911 by Mars' grandfather and now, Jacqueline is worth around $24 billion.

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5. Yang Huiyan

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Yang Huiyan. Photo credit: Google Photos
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Born to a wealthy Chinese property developer, Yang has continued her father's legacy of property development and now, she is worth around $22 billion.

Her company is the Country Garden Holdings, a big property player in the Asian market.

6. Susanne Klatten

The 56-year-old Klatten has her family's investments in a mixture of cars and pharmaceuticals to thank for her wealth.

She inherited a chunk of her $21 billion wealth with the bulk of it coming as result of holdings in chemical company Altana and car makers BMW.

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7. Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene is the widow of the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. She and her family inherited $20 billion in stakes in Apple and Disney when her husband died.

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She also invests in journalism with majority shares in popular online political magazine, The Atlantic.

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