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Five Wealthiest Women in the World

Brief look at the five richest women in the world out of 1125 billionaires this year, 2008.

Twenty years ago Forbes started publishing the list of the wealthiest people in the world; it was popularly known as the “Billionaires Club”. This year the financial research team found 1,125 billionaires in the world and 99 of them were women. Interestingly only 42% of all billionaires are Americans.

Only 10 women are self-made billionaires the remaining 89 inherited their wealth.

Oprah Winfrey, the Queen of England and JK Rowling do not even make it to the top 10 wealthiest women on the list.

And here they are:

  1. Liliane Bettencourt is the wealthiest woman in the world with a fortune around 22.9 billion, which makes her the 17th wealthiest person in the world, reports Forbes magazine. Ms. Bettencourt is the 2nd wealthiest person in her homeland of France. She inherited her money from her father, Eugene Schueller, the founder of the cosmetic company L’Oreal, of which she owns 27% of.
  2. Christy Walton is the second wealthiest woman in the world, who inherited her money as the widow of John Walton (Wal-Mart heir), who died in 2005 when his aircraft crashed. She is said to be worth 19.5 billion dollars this year.
  3. Alice Louise Walton is the third richest woman in the world with an inherited wealth that is reported at $19 billion dollars. She is the founder of Wal-Mart, Sam Walton’s daughter. She is 88 years old and going strong with her donations to the political races this year.
  4. Jacqueline Mars comes in as the fourth wealthiest woman in the world this year. The 68 year old is the daughter of Forrest Edward Mars and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, who founded the Mars candy company. Her wealth this year is listed as being $14 billion dollars and growing as chocolate lovers keep buying M & M’s and other candy bars, world-wide. The Mars Company was begun in 1911 and is one of the largest privately held corporations in America.
  5. Suzanne Klatten holds the fifth spot for being one of the world’s wealthiest women at age 45. She inherited from her father Herbert Quandt a large holding in the BMW Company and a 50% stake of the pharmaceutical/chemical company Altana. Her wealth is reported to be $13.2 billion.

So it pays to marry rich…be born rich….or inherit money, if you are a woman. After all, women live longer than men, so the best is yet to come, as they say.

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  1. peter

    On May 13, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Are any of these women single.hmmmmmmmmmmm.

  2. Johnnie

    On May 23, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Soooooooo much money and sooooooo little time to spend it! LOL

  3. jiffery s. a.

    On June 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Sooooo much blessings… can u spare sum w/ me to build churches.

  4. Christine

    On June 7, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Where can I meet these Wally world women….I need some omey for one of my charities—ME!

  5. virginia p tangonan

    On June 13, 2008 at 8:48 am

    hi wealthy women iim happy for u so much money in the bank im a missionary pls help my mission jesus christ the great healer my email add ia healing_ ministry2001 im from phil im visiting in hospital and helping sick people ok remain be bless

  6. virginia p tangonan

    On June 13, 2008 at 8:53 am

    plzzzzzzzzzzz send my request to maam liliane bettencourt

  7. virginia p tangonan

    On June 13, 2008 at 8:58 am

    my address in phillpines is village 2 libertad butuan city my email add is HEALING_MINISTRY2001 OK THANKS

  8. John

    On July 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I will never eat a Mars candy bar again!

  9. Bridgette

    On August 8, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I’d like to be successful in life bt not at other people’s expensence

  10. Otogbolu, Franklin .C

    On August 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm


    Am Franklin, a Prophet from Nigeria. Please, I want to find out if I can have the contact details of these five richest women in the world.

    They will be useful to my generation here in Africa. Please, my people your friends are dying of poverty, sickness and dieseases. I need their assistance to help my generation.

    Thank you and God Bless you all.

    I know they can help by the Grace of God Almighty. I can be communicated at

  11. Robert Eric

    On August 31, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Hi… Am Robert Eric by name…. Am a Single Man with a lone kid called Lance by name… I am a Journalist… I live in Wisconsin all alone… I will like to get meet any of the World Richest Woman that is Single and looking for a man to date or go out with… My Contact detail
    Name;- Robert Eric
    Address;- 118 Discovery Road Green Bay Wisconsin

  12. nighat shakeel

    On September 11, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Respected Susanne Klatten with best wishes

    It is stated that I am disabled married woman having 2 school going children. I have lost my right leg in my childhood I am using since then artificial leg.Currently I am not able to repair my artificial leg. My husband is jobless from last many months. We don’t have any other source of income and hand to mouth condition. we are living on rent and unable to pay to its rent which is Rs 2500( 32$) per month.
    Respected my appeal to you that kindly help me financially so I replace my old artificial leg and get rid from much pain and pay house rent and food to my children..
    I pray for your success in your work and for your good health in my prayers to God.
    Sincerely Yours
    Nighat Shakeel
    Siakot city
    mobile no

  13. Mr Six

    On September 13, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Some people are very stupid…Why people beging money?did you think does richest women have time for you people?please find something to do,Especial u poeple from NIGERIA Why Una like to spoil our country Image?I swear You 9ja people who dey ask money from does richest womem are very stupid.

  14. Eniafe

    On September 25, 2008 at 3:50 am

    I think this are the people God do really bless and i pray they remain bless forever..i wish anyone of them could just adopt me or take me to them….I am ready to abide with anything and i am a cute black guy from Africa

  15. mmasechaba

    On October 14, 2008 at 4:27 am

    interesting indeed, unlike the men who just want to put their paws on the riches the do not want to work I say enjoy the money gals!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. pumpkinhead

    On October 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm. I wonder if Mars Candy makes a ‘killing’ at Halloween?

  17. Pastor.O.Ratna Kumar

    On October 21, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Dear in Christ,
    I greet you in the most highly exalted name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have been inspired to contact you and invite you to India to share the word of God with our people here in India. India needs mighty people of God to lead her in to salvation and know the Living God. Please have a kind consideration to extend your kind cooperation for the extension of the Kingdom of God. I await your kind and favorable response prayerfully and hopefully.
    Sincerely in the Master’s service,
    Pastor. RatnaKumar.Ongole.

  18. Matthews Phale

    On October 25, 2008 at 4:09 am

    May God increase you all in Knowledge and understanding. You are the fountain of Wisdom to the World. And if ever it happens that you may come across me one day please let hand over one of your daughters so that I may help her increase the Family wealth.
    Respect you all. God Bless you.
    If you visit this site and want to contact me please feel free to do so, my mobile number is: +267 74702379

  19. Julian S, Cerdeniola

    On October 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Hello to all richest women who had the chance to be one of the richest. Just a comment I had read all the messages, it seems all are asking for donation in church. That is good if it really goes to the fund. Why don’t you help people who are suffering puberty. This Richest women eat delicious food, they can buy everything, they can have anything they want. but for sure, they are scared for their whole life from those badguys with bad intension. Did they try to walk in the street alone? I don’t think so, Did they try to go out witout a security? What if they will try to get along with middle class human being. So that they will experience the real life of different life cycle of human being.

    Just give me a call and I will give them advie how to share their money.

    Anyone who is interested to call me.
    Give me a call 00974 5231242
    27 male filipino guy – very much single…
    At Doha Qatar

  20. john H

    On February 17, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I want to meet one of these women, today!

  21. samat

    On March 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hi every one….i m glad borned not to be rich man…i wish to all rich men and women be happy all the time…Pls help me to lighting my family financal burden…hope you all who rich enough to donate your money to me.. i am not asking too much…just give me $50.00 and make deposit to my bank account through western union as stated below:-

    Maybank Acc No: 165125003611

    Thanks for you attention …

  22. tboy

    On April 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    why are all of you behaving like this even people who lie that they are pastors. because of money u lie that your husband is dead why doing this.Why is it that u don’t repect ur dignity especially people from africa.that is why most white call us animals cos we behave like them especially u franklin who call ur self a prophet begging for money on the net.are u not ashame of urself.i think u are not a fully fledge nigerian i think u should ask u ancestors where u came from

  23. KELVIS

    On April 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm


  24. George

    On April 29, 2009 at 7:16 am


  25. Google

    On May 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    richest yahoo guy in Nigeria is Ex kelly Deco and new John Cole Gbenga should be the richest due to is popularity and achievement

  26. Emmanuel Bassey Joe

    On May 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Dear Friends,

    This is just express my desire to have a bossom friend from you.
    Please, kindly link me to one.
    Iam a tourist staying in here in Akwa ibom State, Nigeria.
    I will be please to act faily with whoever that will be my friend.
    Iam running an N.G.O here in Nigeria for the twins and the less privilege.
    I need some assistance and to partner with you so as to improve lives of youth for sustainable development.

    reply soonest so as to forward the proposal

    Yours Sincerely
    Yours Sincerely

  27. Violet

    On June 9, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Hi; may you please connect me to them; so they can share the exprience on how it feels to have grown up in the rich homes! i would want to experience it, thanks; violet.+265 1 796206

  28. maybe1

    On June 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I wish to be one of these richest women one day!!!

  29. austin

    On June 24, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Please,i needs ur assistance and as soon as u do it for me our God will keep blessing u,amen.I am a hard working boy,but lost my parents at yuong age and am still looking for a to surviving.
    thanks,here is my contact.Tele 00447035978451,

  30. austin

    On June 24, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Please,i needs ur assistance and as soon as u do it for me our God will keep blessing u,amen.I am a hard working boy,but lost my parents at yuong age and am still looking for a way to surviving.thanks,here is my contact.Tele 00447035978451,

  31. ani ikenna henry

    On June 30, 2009 at 4:52 am

    God has blessed you ladies with wealth, mother calls me nwachinemere meaning{kid that God does for}i know that this my name will lead me to somewhere.thats why im rich ladies knows that you can do it for me.thanks.

  32. zakariyah

    On August 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

    how can any of this richest women be of finacial assistance of $10000 for my bizness and my family

  33. Akal S

    On September 5, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Hi ,

    I have an invention to patent with US patent office ,
    If some one can help me ,I will share 80/20
    for details pl email

  34. Baron Benzie

    On September 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Everybody is Born to make it in Life,so you can also do better then those women only if you are willing to do it in the name of God. Keep the hard working.Love ya all

  35. nsikan

    On November 23, 2009 at 7:24 pm


  36. camiy okoli

    On January 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    May God increase you all in Knowledge and understanding. You are the fountain of Wisdom to the World. And if ever it happens that you may come across me one day please let hand over one of your daughters so that I may help her increase the Family wealth.
    Respect you all. God Bless you.
    If you visit this site and want to contact me please feel free to do so, my mobile number is: 2348023873884


    On May 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Dear Sir,


    From a long period of research on wasted energy in our country I realised that most of the heat created in industrial and non industrial towns,cars,etc is being generated by waste energy which is the major factor of climate change. For me in order to participate in fighting against climate change I decide to be register as an independent distributor specialising in energy saving products and solutions in partner ship with an energy saving company(ENIGIN PLC in UK and USA) . My principal objectives of wanted to create this type of structures here in my Cameroon are ÷
    1) To help Cameroonians reduce the amount of waste energy by 30 % to40% there by boosting there economy and reducing global warming.
    2) To use energy efficiency to help customers thrive in the face of rising energy cost, shortages in supply and pressure to cut carbon emission in commercial ,industrial ,blue chip and public sectors.
    3) Also to help target significant reduction in client energy consumption and cost without inhibiting client performance .This is proving to be highly desirable in the current economic climate.
    4) To create energy map in the Cameroon market and profit potential with integrity and job opportunity to I my self and many Cameroon.

    With this project I really to carry this now but I am financially poor .I had contacted the rich in Cameroon who has the mains here but they are not willing to sponsor. From your web site I was very interested for the fact that you can sponsor this projects based on climate change mitigation, reducing or avoiding greenhouse gas emission in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. The managing of Enigin plc told me for me to be an independent distributor with them I should had at least $65,000 (Accredited Independent Distributorship is USD $ 21,450 for a
    Basic Establishment Pack and USD $ 44,450 for the Premier Establishment)
    of which I can not be able to raise that sum. It is often said to be a man and make a name in your country is not day’s job and it most be at times thanks to somebody or a group of people of God will through funding of projects or others. Sir, this project inquires funding from you and I promise you it is not a play .This is something I have been working for long. I also want you to enlighten me with advance knowledge on this energy saving and climate change also how to handle this project.
    Presently I am sale and managing coordinator of natural health products in the Nature’s Gift For Life (NG4L) company ltd Bertoua branch east region Cameroon earning only $160/month which cannot sustained my life and that of my family that is whey I want to run Business project.
    In conclusion, I am waiting on you positive decision over this my project. There is a saying ask and it shall be given, knock and the door shall be open . I count on you and bear with me the will yield fruits.
    Thanks you for your consideration
    Sale and managing coordinator
    Nature’s Gift For Life (NG4L)
    Bertoua branch –East Region
    Cameroon –West Africa
    Tel : (237) 75 60 23 10
    Email :

  38. Santosh

    On May 13, 2010 at 3:40 am

    These people who are asking money are the most idiot people i ever seen,greedy,liers,stupid…….
    They dont even have self respects, asking money from others,
    these people will never do anything good in their life,they only stay alive on others money,….
    If you have guts, earn your own money, and help others, if you cant dont do it….
    If you are dying of porverty, try earning your own money, so that you may get two time of bread to eat, how many day you will servive on others money…..Please dont make fun of others ok..
    If you want to do something,for a good cause do it your self, earn yourself & help them, and if you cant, dont do this kind of social work, its not your work to help needy people, you are useless…
    Just takecare of your self that would be better….

  39. Santosh

    On May 13, 2010 at 4:10 am

    These needy people dont have money to eat food, still they have mobile phones,they have money for internet, but dont have money for eating…..these people are really stupid…..
    Why should these rich people share their money with….you have not helped them earn that money….they have earn on their own guts, they have worked hard, their family have work hard in the past….that why they are here now…..
    You people will never understand, the value of hardworking, achievements, the sweetness of earning………..
    If you really want to be rich, first start working hard, plan your destination, keep positive thinking…& keep vision on the goal, that you want to be rich…..And dont cheat anybody, if you cheat, it will hunt you very soon….

  40. Wa Cj

    On May 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Am shocked to read comments of people who want to be hooked with the world richest. Though i have enough to sustain me and my family struggling here and there, i have never even gone to my parents for any assistance. Why should i beg from a total stranger? Some claim to be pastors others needy and jobless. I appreciate all that but, we who are of the same level should realise that our lives are sometimes better than those rich people. I dont care who is looking at me while shopping or walking in the streets because no one cares about me.

    This does not mean that i have no vision, I work day and night, just wantent tips to achieve my goals and not free alms.

    That Nigerian guy was very hard on his fellow country men. Who said that Africans are the only ones who beg. The few countries i have visited while on business trips have beggers also and we in Africa think that beggers were made for us only.

    Lets take each case as comment of an individual that have nothing to do with where you come from,

    Conglacurations you who are the richest in the world. I hope you are enjoying your wealth.

  41. akhtar

    On May 19, 2010 at 3:35 am

    hi all beautiful and rich women i want to meet them a want good relation ship with rich women my number is +923336948742
    plz contact me tell me about u

  42. rita

    On May 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    i just want u guys help.anything that u have just hely number is 08064318303 rita

  43. David Bravo

    On June 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

    hello i am David Bravo from united state of America i live in (austin texas) i will be greaful if can be connected to any of these world wealthies women on is my e-mail id

    Best Regards,
    David Bravo.

  44. emmy,

    On September 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    helo, emmy from uganda, who can i get the contacts of those rich ladies, do they have friends in uganda

  45. CEMANES Writes

    On November 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Wow! Nice article.

    \’Hope these wealthiest women use their riches in continuously helping poor people in whatever way possible, victims of human rights violations and bereaved families of victims of summary executions.

    Thanks, God Bless.

  46. Vivian

    On February 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Dear Ma,
    Am writing you with due respect to tell you about my situation since i will not like to go into a prostitute or stealing,
    I then decide to beg for your assistance of any kind mostly financially to support myself and to start a small business. I do not have a parent any more am an orphan
    and am 22years old girl living in East Africa Kenya to be precisely
    Please do your best for me and God in heaven shall also bless you Amen
    Vivian Kiambuth

  47. John

    On June 21, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Dear Ladies,
    My name is John
    I need your Help in financing support to built my business to make my dream come true,like you.
    I believed billionaires is easy to create more and more millionaires.
    For the live in you on live marking is many,just adding one more,
    My Success in future is your live mark forever.

    email me

  48. angel

    On June 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    when your rich don’t be selfish

  49. Yaeng K. Tahu

    On August 28, 2011 at 3:33 am

    To be millionire isn’t easy. However, whatever opportunities came your way that made you a millionaire can be the same for others. It is best to give away and you shall be blessed.

    Kindly, requesting your financial assistance to support operational cost for a professional support services company I have established last month.

    My contact: Mobile Phone 67572356520. Email;



  50. Shahbaz M Nar

    On November 13, 2011 at 4:28 am

    We are planing to open a sewing training center and nursery school in kachi abadies and slum areas of islamabad pakistan.our purpose is to give training to poor women for self reliance and dependency and children education.this organization already working these kachi abadies. we are striving to contribute our limited resources of our organization as we do not get donation any one .please donote some money or material for these projects. if you want to learn more about our organization,you can view our website ( contact by email (
    tell +92-300-5543076
    with best regrads
    shahbaz m nar
    Universal Human Rights Organization (Islamabad -Pakistan)

  51. valeri

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Hello I Valery .I live in Ukraine of мне43 year I already 5 try to get a credit in my country.does not turn out I decided will appeal after to help me in other countries I need 5000000$ on 5лет for the purchase of farm from 5000га earth all of it remains your mortgage until I will not pay a credit decency I guarantee .those who engages in fraud do not write .I want a honest credit .

    С уваженим, Валерий

  52. Sharon Gilliam

    On March 26, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I am a 55 year old, disabled woman in of $50,000 to release the some of the stress in my life. My husband left me before right before I was awarded disability. I am trying to keep my house and my check is just enough for some monthly bills. I would like to pay-off my 2nd mortgage, pay some overdue medical bills, get a reliable vehicle to drive 54 miles to my specialist, and remove the garden tub in my bathroom and replace it with a walk-in tub/shower with handicapped accessories. If you can find it in your heart to bless me, I will be forever grateful.

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