The World’s Wealthiest Women

The richest women may span the globe, but two of them come from the same family: the Waltons.

Two of the Walmart heirs capture spots one and and three on Wealth-X’s list of the world’s richest women. Valued at $29.8 and $28.2 billion respectively, the two women are part of a family that’s worth the same amount as the bottom 30 percent of Americans, according to an analysis from a labor economist at the University of California-Berkeley.

Other super-wealthy women that made Wealth-X’s cut include Australian mining mogul Gina Rinehart, valued at $29.1 billion, and French socialite Liliane Bettencourt, who is valued at $24 billion.

Though she hasn’t made the list yet, Sara Blakely may be poised to crack the rankings in a few decades. Blakely became the youngest female billionaire this year at 41, thanks to her wildly successful Spanx shapewear businesses.

Here are the world’s wealthiest women, according to Wealth-X:

1. Alice Walton. Walton was able to push her way to the top of the list at $29.8 billion thanks to Walmart stock trading at a 12-year high, according to Wealth-X. The daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton established an art museum in Bentonville, Arkansas, the town that’s home to Walmart’s

2.Liliane Bettencourt. Bettencourt owns 31 percent of L’Oreal cosmetics, according to Bloomberg. Europe’s wealthiest woman is worth $24 billion, according to Wealth-X.

3.Gina Rinehart.Judged by some indexes to be the world’s richest woman, Rinehart made her billions as daughter of an Australian mining magnate. She’s worth $29.1 billion, according to Wealth-X.

4.Christy Walton. Walton inherited her share of the Walmart fortune after the passing of her husband John and is currently worth $28.2 billion, according to Wealth-X. In addition to her Walmart stake, Walton netted big bucks from a smart bet her husband made on First Solar,according to Forbes.

5. Birgit Rausing who inherited her father-in-law’s Swiss packaging company when her husband died in 2000, is worth an estimated $13.8 billion, according to Wealth-X.


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