Not one female billionaire ranks among the top 10 richest people, but we can’t deny that women cannot succeed in financial achievements.Many women, including Emerson collective’s Laurene Powell Jobs and Abigail Johnson, are active agents of change in this list ranging from heirs to self-made millionaires.Others like Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken work as guardians for their family business and foster leadership for the next generation.
And then, there is Gina Rinehart and Jacqueline Mars because of their management business skills, represent as role models for wannabe female entrepreneurs.
Regardless of their wealth, these women have a passion for the profession, a vision for the organization they support.
We will rank this list based on Forbes, and according to its website, these are estimates (We can further refer Bloomberg estimates if necessary).
These are the top 10 richest women in the world 2020:
10. Abigail Johnson
Net Worth: $10.8 billion
Who is she:
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is the President and CEO of Fidelity Investments, American multinational financial services company, and Chairman of Fidelity International, a foreign sister corporation.
How she made her fortune?
Johnson began her career as a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, a company founded by her grandfather, and is also a graduate from the Harvard Business School.
Upon entering the position of President and CEO status and having a company share of 49% in 2014, we can term her self made.
She was eventually appointed Chairman of the Group in 2016.
The same year, Forbes put her in 16th position and 34th place in 2014, ranking her that time among the as richest women in America.
9. Gina Rinehart
Net Worth: $13.1 billion
Who is she:
Gina Rinehart is Australian mining magnate and chairman of the private extraction and mining company Hancock Prospecting, founded by her late father, Lang Hancock.
How did she make her fortune?
From our research, we can term Gina Rinehart as the richest self-made woman in the world.
Because Gina does not have a conventional heritage background or can be called an heiress because she is the one who after her father passed bravely taken on and rebuilt the bankrupt iron-ore company.
Forbes declared Gina to be the world’s wealthiest woman in 2012, but this year in 2020, she is in 8th position.
Gina still has plans to expand her company, while she loves traveling the world with her $80 million private jets, no plan to stop.
8. Laurene Powell Jobs
Net Worth: $15.8 billion
Who is she?
Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow and heir of Steve Jobs, Co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc.
What makes her one of the richest women in the world?
Laurene Powell Jobs currently owns 38.5 million shares of Apple and a stake of 8% of Disney Company.
Apart from that, she is Emerson Collective’s founder.
Emerson Collective is a social impact organization that supports policies on the reform of education and immigration, social justice, and environmental protection.
She is also the co-founder and president of the College Track board, which trains disadvantaged students for college.
7. Susanne Klatten
Net Worth: $17.1 billion
Who is she?
Susanne Hanna Ursula Klatten is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt.
She is the richest woman in Germany.
How she inherited her wealth and still maintains it?
Today, 57 years old, German-born businesswoman, mother of 3, and also one of the biggest shareholders in BMW, control over 19% of one of the biggest automobile maker and also the world’s largest luxury car producer.
Yet Susanne is behind her brother Stefan Quandt in terms of shareholding in BMW, as he owns over 23% of the firm.
As an entrepreneur, Susanne’s success does not rely on the main family business.
Over the years, she has concentrated on Altana AG, an internationally recognized pharmaceutical company founded by her grandfather.
On her father’s death, she inherited his 50.1% stake in pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer Altana.
To date, she is chairman and sole proprietor of Altana AG, which is said to generate $2.5 million annually in revenue.
6. Yang Huiyan
Net Worth: $21.7 billion
Who is she?
Yang Huiyan is the daughter of Yeung Kwok Keung, who founded Country Garden Holdings, the construction developer of Guangdong, China.
How did she become the richest woman in China?
At a tender age of 25, in 2007, when she inherited 70% of her father’s assets to become one of the wealthiest women in the world.
Now at the age of 38, in 2020, she still holds that title with 57% of the development company’s shares.
According to the South China Morning Post, Country Garden is the country’s largest property developer by sales.
Yang also chairs the Bright Scholar Education Holdings, China’s largest global and bilingual K-12 school provider.
Together with her aunt Yang Meirong, she owns 92.59% of the education firm.