The selection highlights the 10 richest women in the world in 2017, according to Forbes, an American magazine on business and economics. Fortunes are related to various sectors of capital, and fact is that the lives of these women is surrounded by power, success and lots of money!
There are women who have sweated and made their fortune grow for their daily labor, but there are also those fortunes that were inherited from close relatives. They are billion-dollar inheritances left for the family, as was the case of Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell.
Charlene, 62, is heiress and executive director of Heineken. She inherited 23% of the company after the death of her father in 2002, Freddy Heineken, a longtime CEO. Heineken is currently the third largest brewery in the world, employing 85,000 people with annual revenues of 18 million euros. In 2017, the brewery bought Kirin, Brazil’s owner of the Brazilian brands of Beer Schin, Devassa and Glacial, in addition to others. Schin is one of the best-selling beers in Brazil .
The widow Iris Fontbona of Chile received the empire of the billionaire Andronico Luksic after his death in 2005 due to cancer. And the fortune is divided also between the 3 children, Andronico, Guillermo and Jean-Paul Luksic. Control of the family is about Antofagasta, one of the largest copper miners in the world. The family also holds a majority stake in Quiñenco, a Chilean conglomerate that operates in the banking, beer, transportation, energy and port services sectors. Other investments include two hotel chains in Croatia, the luxury resorts, Adriatic and Laguna Porec.
Abigail is an American, businesswoman and president of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing . The company was founded by Abigail’s grandfather in 1946, after his father took over, and now she is current president-CEO. The Johnson family’s stake is 49% of the company. It alone holds 24%, and manages $ 2.1 trillion in assets.
Gina is Australian, and her full name is Georgina Hope Hancock, and current chair of the Hancock Prospecting group. She is an entrepreneur in the iron ore sector with several deposits / mines. She turned a failed estate of her late father into a great fortune.
She has also become the largest Wagyu cattle owner in Australia and has holdings in the Ten television network. Gina stands out in this seventh position, with total $ 15 billion in her power.
Laurene is a widow of Steve Jobs, the result of her marriage in the 90’s. After Steve’s death, Laurene inherited one of the greatest fortunes of technology. It’s $ 20 billion, according to Forbes, from Laurene Powell and her 3 children.
Susanne is a German businesswoman and ranks fifth among the 10 richest women in the world in 2017. After her father’s death, she inherited 50.1% of the stake in Altana, a German chemical / pharmaceutical company. She is a member of the Board of Directors to which she has contributed to transforming into a world-class corporation.
Susanne also inherited 12.5% of BMW, participating in the Board of Directors. It currently holds holdings in Nordex AG (wind energy), Geohumus (soil additives) and SGL Grioup (graphite).
Maria is the widow of Michele Ferrero, founder of Grupo Ferrero, one of the leading companies in the manufacture and sale of sweets. The company has major well-known brands such as Nutella, Kinder and Tic-Tac. Maria is 82 years old, but one of her two sons, Giovanni Ferrero, is the one who takes over the family business today. He became responsible for 33,000 employees and 9.54 billion euros in annual sales.
This US billionaire and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr., make up the third generation to own Mars Inc. They inherited the company in 1999 with the death of their father. Mars is the largest candy company in the world, with an estimated $ 27 billion in annual sales. The company also incorporates pet food brands such as Pedigree, Royal Canin, Whiskas among others.
Alice is the only daughter of the late Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-Mart retail store, and Helen Walton. Alice’s estate is a billionaire with $ 33.8 billion, according to Forbes.
The hobby of the billionaire is for horses, and she decided not to get involved with the business of the family from the death of her father in 1992, but for a period was broker of EF Hutton. Alice donated $ 2.6 million to right-wing political group Progress for America during the 2004 US presidential election.
The French entrepreneur is the main physical shareholder of the L’Oréal group, with 27.5% of the total shares. In 1957, she inherited her father’s wealth and L’Oréal, and for the first time ranks first among the richest women in the world, with a total of $ 39.5 billion in 2017. She is 94 years old and suffers from dementia. His grandson took over the chairmanship of the company.