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Forbes: The World’s 10 Richest Women

Rising number of women join the ranks of the world's wealthiest


Women & DiversityWomen are taking their place among the world’s billionaires.

The top 20 women who made Forbes 2012 list of the world’s wealthiest people are worth a combined $248.6 billion. And while just 104 of the 1,226 people worldwide worth $1 billion or more this year are women, that represents a huge advance from 2002, when a mere 36 women made the Forbes list of global billionaires.

Americans make up the largest number of female billionaires with seven out of the top 20.

Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) heiress Christy Walton remains the richest woman in the world for the seventh consecutive year, with a fortune topping $25 billion.

Many women on the list inherited their fortunes, though several, like Chinese real estate developer Wu Yajun (No. 18), have managed or built their way to success.

Here are the 10 richest women in the world, according to Forbes:

RK Name Nationality Claim to Riches Worth
1 Christy Walton American Heir to Wal-Mart fortune $25.3B
2 Liliane Bettencourt French Heir to L’Oreal cosmetics
3 Alice Walton American Heir to Wal-Mart fortune $23.3B
4 Georgina Rinehart Australian Heir to Hancock mining
5 Iris Fontbona Chilean Heir to Luksic mining fortune $17.8B
6 Birgit Rausing Swedish Inherited packaging
giant Tetra Laval
7 Jacqueline Mars American Heir to Mars candy empire $13.8B
8 Susanne Klatten German Heir to stakes in BMW
and Altana
9 Anne Cox Chambers American Heir to Cox Enterprises $12.5B
10 Savitri Jindal Indian Inherited share of family’s
steel conglomerate

Forbes’ complete look at the world’s richest women can be viewed here.

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