Money is the ultimate desire of the human race– the only thing everyone works & lives for. Monetary success is the eventual goal & the extreme destination. Richest include the people from both gender; though the lists are greatly dominated by the males but females are also there to show themselves up. Out of the total number of 1645 billionaires 172 are women; that makes 10% of the lists but their representation can’t be denied . Not exactly, but somewhere around two-third i.e. 1080 among the total billionaires have made their fortunes on their own; without getting any advantage by their families or being supported by their family’s wealth. The United States is leading the lists with 492 billionaires, followed by china, owning 152 & ending with Russia which has not less than 111. Anyway, here is thelist of top 10 richest women in the world 2014 as per Forbes rankings:
LIST OF THE TOP 10 RICHEST WOMEN IN THE WORLD 2014-FORBES
First Solar shares
Jacqueline Badger Mars
Iron & Coal (mining)
Automaker BMW (D/o Johanna Quandt)
Fidelity Financial services
Anne Cox chambers
Laurene Powell Jobs
10. JOHANNA QUANDT
Net worth : $ 12.8 billion
Wealth source: Automaker BMW
Wife turned secretary of late Hebert Quandt, saved the automaker giant from bankruptcy. She is currently rated as 14th in the list of richest women among Germans & 100th richest woman in the world. She is also been known for her generous charities & donations in supporting child cancer institutes. Her daughter Susanne klatten & son Stefan Quandt are also having the shares of the automaker and are successfully running their businesses; Susanne is also making the lists even better than her mother does!
9. LAURENE POWELL JOBS
Net worth: $14 billion
Wealth source: The Walt Disney Company
The widow of Steve Jobs owns 7-8% of the total Stake of the Disney. She is notably known for her philanthropic work in Education, environmental conservation & social Justice. With combining the wealth/shares of Disney & Apple i.e. 130-140 million & 5.5 million respectively her net worth reaches to creeps up 14 billion. And therefore she is ranked as the 9th richest woman in the world in the 2014 ranking list.
8. ANNE COX CHAMBERS
Net Worth: 15.5 billion
Wealth Source: Cox Enterprises
Country: United States
Anne is the Daughter of the Former American Presidential Nominee & newspaper owner; also been known for her ambassadorship to Belgium in the reign of President Jimmy Carter. Cox Enterprises is a media giant which holds television, radio, cable networks and other similar businesses. The total wealth statistics given by Forbes in 2014 are as much as15.5 billion. The owner of Cox Enterprises is greatly admired on account of her charity works to empower education & art, heritage, history etc.
7. ABIGAIL JOHNSON
Net Worth: $17.3 billion
Wealth Source: Fidelity Financial Services
Abigail is running a family owned business being set by her grandfather & father, She completed her MBA from the Harvard Business school afterwards she joined her family business in 1988, after being supervising the company at various senior posts. She was eventually given the president ship in 2012. The rapidly growing company has advanced 17 billion & thus making her one of the world’s top ten richest women.
6. SUSANNE KLATTEN
Net worth: $17.4 billion
Wealth Source: BMW automaker
Unanimously the richest in Germany—Susanne is the daughter of Johanna Quandt (No.10 in list). The business lady had studied finance, business & advertising before stepping in the inherited business. The lady owns about half (50%) of the automaker. Altana, a Pharmaceutical & chemical Project is also supervised & run with her business expertise; she owns more than 50% of the company. Other Investments include SGL (nearly 10%) & 25% in Nordex (A wind Turbine manufacturing company).
5. GINA RINEHART
Net Worth: 17.7 billion
Income Source: Mining (Coal & Iron)
Rinehart is undoubtedly the richest woman in Australia. Currently she is the executive of her family business; she is also having the largest stake in Fairfax Media & a reasonable chain of shares in Ten Network Holdings. BRW (Business Review Weekly) declared her as the 4th richest woman in the world last year.
4. JACQUELINE BADGER MARS
Net worth: $ 20 billion
Income source: Mars (The largest candy brand in the world)
Like most of the richest women Jacqueline has also inherited business of her late father & grand father. The heiress to the largest candy brand of America owns more than$ 20 billion cumulative worth. Mars produces both human & non-human consumption products which include chocolates, foods, drinks, different chewing gums & candies. . Forbes included the Mars in the list of the 15th richest American brands & Badger as the third richest American woman.
3. ALICE WALTON
Net worth: $ 34.3 billion
Wealth Source: Wal-Mart stores
Alice is just behind her sister-in-law Christy who is making number 1 in the list. In 2012 Alice was declared as the second richest American woman (next to Christy) & the 10th richest American. Alice is known as a very sharp & qualified economist & finance expert. The heiress is recognized & respected all over the America for her philanthropic work & Charity donations. Her work for Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is one of her great social work initiatives, which led her to the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame. Her other notable works include the different charities led by her to promote education & art Under Walton Family Foundation in Arkansas region & all over America.
2. Liliane Bettencourt
Net worth: $34.5 billion
Wealth source: L’Oreal Cosmetics
The L’Oreal Heiress is ranked 2nd after being beaten by Christy Walton but she still is the 2nd richest woman in the world in 2014 with the cumulative worth of 34.5 billion as calculated by the Forbes. The 2nd richest at the age of 91 is the oldest richest woman too. Liliane is considered as an eager social worker & Philanthropist in addition to her business work.
1. CHRISTY WALTON
Net worth: 36.7 billion
Wealth Source: First Solar Shares
Christy Walton with $36.7 billion has once again reclaimed her position as the richest woman in the world after being consecutively ranked for the four out of five last rankings. Christy is currently listed as the 6th richest American & 9th richest overall in the world with her $36.7 billion fortune. The nearly 50% of The First Solar stake & shares at Wal-mart have made her the richest woman in the world for the last eight years except the one in which French heiress Liliane Bettencourt became the richest—not to mention that greatly the money was inherited this time also; which is truly what we call fate!!!