World's Richest Women In 2013

by Kashif Masood | 22:21 in , , |

World's Richest Women In 2013
More women have joined the ranks of the world's wealthiest, but as a group females still hold a small sliver of total 10-figure fortunes. Of the 1,426 people on the new 2013 Forbes list of the World's Billionaires, just 138 are women. That's up from 104 women last year.

  Liliane Bettencourt 
 Net worth: $30 billion 
Country: France 
Source of wealth: L'Oreal 
At age 90, Liliane Bettencourt is the world's richest woman, and enters the top ten list of the world's wealthiest people for the first time since 1999. She and her family own over 30% of L'Oreal, which her father founded. 

Christy Walton 
 Net worth: $28.2 billion 
Country: U.S. 
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart 
Christy Walton's net worth reached new highs as Wal-Mart stock jumped in 2012. She remains the richest woman in the United States. Christy inherited her wealth when husband John Walton, a former Green Beret and Vietnam war medic, died in an airplane crash in 2005. 

Alice Walton 
Net worth: $26.3 billion 
Country: U.S. 
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart 
Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton gave $1.7 million to a Washington D.C. charter schools initiative alongside fellow billionaires Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Ballmer. The Walton family's most generous philanthropist, her ambitious Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., opened in 2011 featuring works donated from her personal collection--which is valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Iris Fontbona 
 Net worth: $17.4 billion 
Country: Chile 
Source of wealth: Mining 
Billionaire Andronico Luksic died of cancer in 2005, leaving his business empire in the care of his wife, Iris Fontbona, and his three sons: Jean-Paul, Andronico, and Guillermo Luksic. The Luksic family controls Antofagasta, one of the world's largest copper miners. 

Georgina Rinehart 
 Net worth: $17 billion 
Country: Australia 
Source of wealth: Mining 
Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart is still the richest woman in the Asia-Pacific region, even though falling iron ore prices have shaved $1 billion off her net worth. 

Jacqueline Mars  
Net worth: $17 billion 
Country: U.S. 
Source: Mars candy 
Jacqueline Mars and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr, are the third generation to own Mars, Inc. The siblings inherited the company in 1999 when their father died. Mars is the largest candy company in the world, with an estimated $33 billion in sales, thanks in part to its $23 billion acquisition of gum maker Wrigley's in 2008. 

Susanne Klatten 
Net worth: $14.3 billion 
Country: Germany 
Source of wealth: BMW 
Susanne Klatten, Germany's richest woman, inherited a 12.6% stake in automaker BMW from her late father Herbert Quandt, who rescued the company from bankruptcy decades ago. Susanne, her brother Stefan Quandt and her mother Johanna Quandt together own nearly 50% of BMW, which has continued to grow despite weakness in Europe thanks to sales in the U.S. and China. 

Abigail Johnson 
Net worth: $12.7 billion 
Country: U.S. 
Source of wealth: Money management 
Abigail Johnson was named president of Fidelity Financial Services, which oversees the asset management, brokerage and retirement and benefits services units of Fidelity Investments in August 2012. This makes Abby one of the most powerful women in finance and the leading candidate to take over the CEO seat when her father, Edward "Ned" Johnson, 82, steps down.

Miuccia Prada 
Net worth: $12.4 billion 
Country: Italy 
Source of wealth: Prada 
Fashion legend Miuccia Prada runs the luxury goods and clothing company Prada with her husband Patrizio Bertelli. The granddaughter of the company's founder is the lead designer, while Bertelli handles the business side as CEO. The design house is expanding: 2012 saw new store openings in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and they're reportedly seeking a partner to enter India. 

Anne Cox Chambers
 Net worth: $12 billion 
Country: U.S. 
Source of wealth: Media  
Anne Cox Chambers is the surviving daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox (d. 1957). Today the company includes Cox Communications (cable), Cox Media Group (newspapers, TV and ration stations), Manheim (car auctions), and In January the company cancelled plans to take public, citing current market conditions. At age 93 Chambers continues to sit on the board. 

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Net worth: $11 billion 
Country: Netherlands 
Source of wealth: Heineken  
Beer heiress Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is one of the richest women in the world. A decade ago she inherited a 25% controlling stake in Dutch brewer Heineken from her late father, Freddy Heineken. The company has more than 170 premium brands in more than 65 countries.