Forbes latest ranking of the world’s richest people has a record 256 women on it; many female billionaires inherited wealth.
This is good news for rich women.
Forbes magazine just released its annual ranking of the world’s billionaires and 256 women made the list, which comprises of 2,208 extremely wealthy individuals. This marks a record high for women, though females still make up less than 12% of the index.
There were just two women who ranked among the top 20 richest people in the world, both of whom inherited their wealth. Alice Walton, whose father created Walmart, comes in at 16th place, with an estimated net worth of about $46 billion. Closely behind in 18th position, with a fortune of $42.2 billion, is Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, the new matriarch of the family behind L’Oréal.
Indeed, the majority of female billionaires were part of the lucky sperm club, though there were 72 self-made women, which Forbes says is an all-time high. In pole position is the China-born, Hong Kong billionaire Zhou Qunfei, who is in her late 40s. Zhou’s fortune, which the magazine pegs at $7.8 billion, derives from Lens Technology, the smartphone screen maker she created. According to Forbes, the countries with the large numbers of female billionaires were the United States and China.