Some people assume that powerful women with money have either came from an old rich family or simply married into one. Some women on this list were born into extremely rich families but didn’t waste their money on nonsense things. You’re wrong if you believe all heiresses can be and act like Paris Hilton. The women on this list, earning them “richest women” title have worked hard from the start then just made it grow into something more than what they had been given from the start. These women were disciplined during their youth and is working hard instead of posting their wealth all over social media all day.
#1. Alannah Weston – $7.9 billion
She is the heiress of her family’s chain of supermarket retail stores and bakeries. The Weston family is considered to be the second richest family in Canada. In 2004, Alannah Weston became the creative director for Selfridges and was later named the deputy chairman of the Selfridges Group.
#2. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus – $8.4 billion
Born Margarita Bogdonova, she is a Russian-born Swiss businesswoman. She is the owner of the football team, Olympique de Marseille. In 1988, she met Robert Louis-Dreyfus. They married in 1992. Margarita studied law at Moscow State University and an economics degree from Leningard Institute of Soveit Trade. In 2009, she took over as chairman of the Louis-Dreyfus Group in 2009 after her husband’s death from leukemia.
#3. Amanda Hearst – $8.7 billion
The Hearst Corporation revolutionized the newspaper industry. It was funded by William Randolph Hearst. The current owner of the Hearst fortune is William’s great granddaughter, Amanda Hearst. She used her wealth to raise awareness of the inhumane treatment of animals, founding an organization that is dedicated to preventing the mistreatment of dogs. She is also involved in numerous non-profit organizations and has a created a line of fashion.
#4. Georgina Hope “Gina” Rinehart – $9.8 billion
Gina Rinehart is the chairman of Hancock Prospecting. It is a privately-owned mineral and exploration company which was founded by her father Lang Hancock. She inherited 77% of the company and shared with the Hope Margaret Hancock Trust of 23%. She is known to be the richest person in Australia and considered to be one of the richest women in the world
#5. Georgina Bloomberg – $11.5 billion
Georgina Bloomberg’s father used to be the mayor of New York City. She rode horses very well and became a professional equestrian. She married professional equestrian Ramiro Quintana.
#6. Iris Fontbona – $11.7 billion
Iris Fontbona is considered to be the richest person in Chile, has control over the country’s largest copper mines in the entire world, the largest brewers in the entire world, Chile’s largest shipping company and the second largest bank operating in Chile.
#7. Johanna Quandt – $12.8 billion
Johanna Quandt married German Industrialist Herbert Quant who took over BMW and saved the company from bankruptcy. He died in 1982 leaving his money to Johanna and their two children.
#8. Anne Cox Chambers – $15.5 billion
Anne is the majority owner of Cox Enterprises, a privately-held media conglomerate. She inherited the company from her father. At the age of 94, she still sits on the company’s board and have even served as an ambassador to Belgium during Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
#9. Marta Ortega-Perez – $24 billion
She is the daughter of the founder and head of Inditex, the company that is responsible for worldwide brands such as “Zara”. She was born rich but Marta had to work for her status. She paved her own path, staring from the bottom then working her way up. She sits with her billions of dollars because of her hard work and for raising her with money and morals.
#10. Delphine Arnault Gancia – $26 billion
Delphine is the daughter of the director and vice president of Louis Vuitton, Bernard Arnault. She got her business degree in London School of Economics and started working as a strategic consultant. After three years of working in the family business, she was promoted to the management board making her the youngest person and the first woman to be ever in that position. She built her career and tried working for other brands a couple of years later.
#11. Alice Walton – $34.3 billion
Alice Walton’s fortune came mostly from her family’s Wal-Mart fortune. She is known as the biggest philanthropist in her family, giving billions to numerous charities and using her wealth to support educational improvement initiatives. Alice is also an art collector, a broker for an investment firm and an equity analyst for First Commerce Corporation.
#12. Vanisha Mittal Bhatia – $51 billion
Vanisha is the wealthiest heiress in the entire world because of her father, Lahshmi Mittal is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal. It is the largest steel-making company in the world. She didn’t only inherit her money from her father, but also has accumulated 34% of the company’s equity. The Mittal family is the richest family in India.
#13. Liliane Bettencourt – $200 billion
L’Oreal, the largest cosmetics company in the entire world, is owned by Liliane Bettencourt – the richest person in France. She inherited the company from her father but it was Lilian’s hard work and creativity that improved the brand to what it is today.
#14. Hind Hariri – $5.5 billion
Her father, Rafic Hariri was the Prime Minister of Lebanon for 10 years. During his time, he headed five cabinets and rebuilt Beirut after it was destroyed during a 15-year war. He was killed after his vehicle was detonated with 1800 kilograms of TNT making Hind Hariri incredibly wealthy. Hind Hariri stays out of the spotlight most of the time but has campaigned for her family in Lebanese elections she married Mohammed Anas Al Karout in 2009 and have two sons.
#15. Zhou Qunfei – $5.9 billion
She is a Chinese entrepreneur who founded Lens Technology, touchscreen maker. Back in March 2015, her net worth reached $10 billion, making her the richest woman in China. In 1993, she established her own company with her savings (HK $20,000). In 2001, Qunfei had a contract with Chinese electronics giant TCL Corporation to make mobile phone screens for them.
#16. Eva Gonda de Rivera – $6.8 billion
Eva Gonda de Rivera is a Mexican heiress and businesswoman. She owns a big part of the FEMSA beverage corporation that operates convenience stores and bottling plants in Mexico and the rest of Latin America. She was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and received her Bachelor of Arts from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. De Rivera is currently the fifth wealthiest person in Mexico and the 189th wealthiest person in the world.
#17. Josie Ho – $7 billion
Josie’s father Stanley Ho founded a number of casinos in Macau. He was known “The King of Gambling” but Josie didn’t want the gabling scene so she ended up pursuing a career as an actress and a singer.