World's Richest Women

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1.    Christy Walton & family

$22.5 billion

Walmart. U.S.

The widow of Wal-Mart scion John Walton, who died in plane crash in 2005, is now the world’s richest woman. Christy’s fortune is enduring the worldwide recession; Wal-Mart shares are down 14% since last August, but up 7% from their March lows. Also owns a stake in solar power outfit First Solar; late husband John was an early investor in alternative energy company. First Solar shares tumbled 60% between August and March, but have climbed back nearly 70% since.


2.    Alice Walton

$20.6 billion

Walmart. U.S.

Alice Walton is the daughter of the late Helen Walton and the late Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton. Born in 1949, the youngest of four children, she spent her childhood in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Ms. Walton graduated from Trinity College, in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in Economics and Finance. She began her career in finance as an equity analyst and money manager for First Commerce Corporation; and later served as Vice Chairman and head of all investment-related activities at the Arvest Bank Group.

In 1988, Ms. Walton founded Llama Company, an investment bank engaged in corporate finance, public and structured finance, real estate finance and sales and trading. She served as President, Chairman and CEO. 

She was the first chairperson and driving force behind the Northwest Arkansas Council. This community development organization played a major role in securing the development of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.

Ms. Walton arranged for, and provided, the initial seed capital to finance the construction of the airport. Her involvement was instrumental in the creation of the airport, and in recognition of her contribution to the airport project and her support of transportation improvements throughout the region, the Airport Authority Board of Directors named the airport terminal the Alice L. Walton Terminal Building. In 2001, Ms. Walton was inducted into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.


3.    Liliane Bettencourt

$20 billion

L’Oreal. France

Makeup heiress’ fortune rebounding with L’Oreal shares. Company, founded by her father, celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009. Last year only daughter and heir, Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers, petitioned courts to investigate reported $1.4 billion worth of cash and gifts her mother allegedly gave to Francois-Marie Banier, 61, a well-known photographer, writer and painter whom she befriended. Daughter claims Banier took advantage of her mother, who became a widow in 2007. Liliane denies it; has been ordered to undergo psychological testing before July trial. Mother and daughter apparently no longer speak.

 

4.    Birgit Rausing & family

$13 billion

Packaging. Sweden

After death of her husband Gad Rausing in 2000, with her three children, inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval. In 1944 her father-in-law founded the company, which revolutionized the packaging of liquids such as juices and milk. Today sales are $15.3 billion. All of her children sit on Tetra Laval’s board; son Jorn is head of mergers and acquisitions. Son Finn is chairman of the board of the Swedish R.R. Institute of Applied Economics. Daughter Kirsten is a horse breeder in the U.K. Birgit lives quietly in Switzerland.


5.    Savitri Jindal

$12.2 billion

Steel and power. India

Nonexecutive chair of the O.P. Jindal Group, a steel and power conglomerate founded by her late husband, Om Prakash Jindal, in 1952. Took over group after he died in a helicopter crash in 2005. In his lifetime, patriarch had handed down operations to their four sons, Prithviraj, Sajjan, Ratan and Naveen, who today run their independent units. Net worth up $9.5 billion in past year, mainly due to Naveen’s Jindal Steel & Power whose market capitalization soared more than threefold in 2009. Sajjan took his JSW Energy public, raising $830 million; his JSW Steel forged an alliance with Japan’ s JFE Steel. Savitri won the elections in Haryana, her home state, last November.


6.    Abigail Johnson

$11.5 billion

Fidelity. U.S.

With father controls Fidelity Investments, America’s largest mutual fund company. Firm also boasts large brokerage business, insurance outfit. Father Ned joined his father’s company as analyst 1957, president 15 years later. Abby ran her first diversified fund 1993. Ned trimmed ownership 1995, Abby inherited 24% stake; rumored to have sold some shares back to family members years later. Ownership a mystery: family owns 49% of Fidelity, but size of individual stakes unknown. Abby runs personal and workplace investing division; believed by some to be father’s chosen successor.

 

7.    Susanne Klatten

$11.1 billion

BMW. Germany

Inherited stake in automaker BMW from late father, Herbert Quandt, who rescued it from bankruptcy decades ago. A trained economist with an MBA also inherited a 50% stake in chemical manufacturer Altana; sits on board. Since February controls over 95% of Altana; has made squeeze out request for remaining shares and plans to delist the firm. Also holds 22% of wind power outfit Nordex AG; 22% of carbon and graphite producer SGL; and 29% of Geohumus, a company that is developing a water storing granulate to be used in agriculture. Has won a civil case against Helg Sgarbi, the ex-lover who tried to blackmail her for millions in a salacious scandal last year. Sgarbi is in jail.


8.    Iris Fontbona & family

$ 11 billion

Copper. Chile

Second wife, and now widow, of billionaire Andronico Luksic, who died of cancer in 2005. Family controls Antofagasta, one of the world’s largest copper miners. Company’s shares have jumped 80% in a year. Also holds shares in Quinenco, a consumer packaging and beverage maker, and Plava Laguna, a chain of Croatian beach resorts. Son Jean Paul serves as chairman of Antofagasta.


9.    Jacqueline Mars

$ 11 billion

Candy. U.S.

Cash-strapped consumers still have appetite for the Mars family’s nearly recession-proof products: chocolate (Snickers, M&Ms), pet food (Pedigree). Created world’s largest confectionery company by acquiring gum maker Wrigley last year for $23 billion. Combined sales now exceed $30 billion; much of the deal paid for with debt. Grandfather Frank Mars began making chocolates in 1911 in his kitchen in Tacoma, Wash. Father, Forrest Sr., invented M&Ms, then introduced malt-flavored nougat, the foundation of famous candy bar line that includes Milky Way, Snickers, 3 Musketeers. Third generation inherited company when dad died in 1999.

 


10.    Anne Cox Chambers

$10 billion

Cable and media. U.S.

Daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox (d. 1957), who finished high school at 17 and worked as a school teacher and newspaper reporter before shelling out $26,000 for the Dayton Evening News in 1898. James Sr. later moved into politics. Today Cox Enterprises includes Cox Communications cable company, 17 daily newspapers, 15 TV stations, 86 radio stations, Manheim auctions (cars), AutoTrader.com. Revenues of $15 billion; ad sales at media operations dwindling. Fortune up $1 billion in past year.

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megafather1 at 16-03-2010 05:53PM (10 years ago)
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Teeco which one b this, how com u no mension my mumsy??
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teeco at 16-03-2010 05:57PM (10 years ago)
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shey she don die?

so we no need her for the list sorry

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megafather1 at 16-03-2010 06:12PM (10 years ago)
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u don forget, she died the same day with ur mumsy.
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enc4life at 16-03-2010 06:19PM (10 years ago)
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y our 9ja wmen,most especially d ones dem husband don thief our money finish take open companies for overseas for dem no dey for d list Huh? Huh? Huh?
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rasky47 at 17-03-2010 09:44AM (10 years ago)
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Passing
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famous5 at 17-03-2010 10:14AM (10 years ago)
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TEECO SO NO NAIJA WOMAN FOR YOUR LIST
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sweetnoxy at 17-03-2010 10:26AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: enc4life on 16-03-2010 06:19PM
y our 9ja wmen,most especially d ones dem husband don thief our money finish take open companies for overseas for dem no dey for d list Huh? Huh? Huh?
   bcos nemesis no go gree. Na only straightforward people dey reach dat level
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Tuks at 17-03-2010 10:45AM (10 years ago)
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@Sweetnoxy;So u mean say we no get straight 4wad peeps 4 Naija?
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belindajustins at 17-03-2010 10:51AM (10 years ago)
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hmm....
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sweetnoxy at 17-03-2010 10:58AM (10 years ago)
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@ Tuks, read the comment i was replying to
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sweetnoxy at 17-03-2010 10:59AM (10 years ago)
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@ Tuks, read the comment i was replying to
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irule at 17-03-2010 11:19AM (10 years ago)
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aha! shebi numba one na widow, i get plans

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teeco at 17-03-2010 11:39AM (10 years ago)
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Quote from: megafather1 on 16-03-2010 06:12PM
u don forget, she died the same day with ur mumsy.

RIP :'( :'( :'(

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sweetnoxy at 17-03-2010 01:09PM (10 years ago)
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@ Irule, ole.......lol
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teeco at 17-03-2010 03:08PM (10 years ago)
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real ole Grin

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