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Ladies, rejoice! Well, take heart anyway. Most of you (and most men as well) are unlikely to ever reach the giddy heights of financial independence associated with becoming a billionaire, but the percentage of women reaching that target measured against men is increasing annually, and they are spread around the world, not only in the largest economies of the USA and China (yes, several ladies, independent too, are located in China.)

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Sadly (perhaps!?) none of the richest 20 women are actually self-made: they have inherited at least a large part of their wealth, which is not to say that they haven’t built on it. Of course, women live on average 5% longer lives than men world-wide, so it’s not surprising that male partners leave a large part of their wealth to their female partner, and of course in many cases to female offspring. Regardless, the number of self-made female billionaires* is also on the rise, although currently to a much lesser extent than women with largely inherited wealth, which is also probably unsurprising given that until the current generation, the attitude in most, including western cultures was that ‘the woman’s place is in the home’. The richest self-made woman in the world ranks 22nd.

Latest figures published by authoritative sources in late 2015 show a more than 15% percent rise in women billionaires in a year, now at 197 up from 172 in 2014, of 1826 and of 1748 total billionaires respectively, so currently 11% of the total number, up over 1% in a year. These numbers and percentages regarding women seem sure to rise, as more women, and therefore their ideas about many aspects of so many varying businesses attract a growing number of female clients – not forgetting that women have a greater say now within the household, and women themselves have far more disposable income now than, say, 30 years ago.

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The following list is of the richest 20 women in the world, including nationality, source of wealth and marital status which sadly often reflects family losses. Total wealth can vary considerably from day-to-day given the volatility of share markets around the world, in which a great deal of wealth is literally invested or company values estimated, so do not be surprised if the net worth of some individuals is different when you read the article from when it was compiled in early 2016.

# Personality Age Net Worth Source of wealth Nationality Marital status
20 Milane Frantz 45 $6 billion Enterprise Products – from father Dan L. Duncand d. 2010 American Married
19 Randa Duncan Williams 53 $6 billion Enterprise Products – from father Dan L. Duncand d. 2010 American Married
18 Dannine Avara 41 $6 billion Enterprise Products – from father Dan L. Duncand d. 2010 American Married
17 Pansy Ho 53 $6.5 billion Shun Tak Holdings – from father Stanley Ho in 2015 Hong Kong Chinese Divorced
16 Huiyan Yang 34 $7 billion Country Garden Holding RE – transferred from father Yeung Kwok Keung in 2007 Chinese Married
15 Margarita Louis-Dreyfus 53 $8 billion Louis Dreyfus – from husband Robert Louis-Dreyfus d. 2009 Russian-Swiss Widowed
14 Antonia Johnson 72 $8 billion Johnson Group – from father Axel Johnson d. 1988 Swedish-American Single
13 Elaine Marshall 70 $9 billion Koch Industries – from husband E. Pierce Marshall d. 2006 American Divorced
12 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken 61 $11 billion Heineken – from father Freddy Heineken d. 2002 Italian Married
11 Miuccia Prada 66 $11 billion Prada – from grandfather Mario Prada in 1978 Italian Married
10 Gina Rinehart 62 $12 billion Resource shares – from father Lang Hancock d. 1992 Australian Divorced
9 Johanna Quandt 89 $13 billion BMW shares – from husband Herbert Quandt d. 1982 German Widowed
8 Laurene Powell Jobs 52 $14 billion Largest Apple shareholder – from husband Steve Jobs d. 2011 American Widowed
7 Ann Cox Chambers 96 $15 billion Owner Cox Enterprises – from father James M. Cox d. 1957 American Married
6 Abigail Johnson 54 $17 billion Fidelity: replaced father (owner) as CEO in 2014 American Married
5 Susanne Klatten 53 $18 billion BMW, Altana shares – from father Herbert Quandt d. 1982 German Married
4 Jacqueline Mars 76 $20 billion Mars shares – from father Forest Mars Sr. d. 1999 American Divorced
3 Alice Walton 66 $36 billion Wal Mart shares – from father Sam Walton d. 1992 American Divorced
2 Liliane Bettencourt 93 $37 billion L’Oreal shares – from husband Andre Bettencourt d. 2007 French Widowed
1 Christy Walton 60 $39 billion Wal Mart and First Solar shares – from husband John Walton killed 2005 American Widowed

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