Who is the richest woman in the world? Top 10 list 2021

Despite the recent economic crisis due to COVID-19, these women earned it to the list of billionaires for the year 2020. Read along to know who the richest woman in the world is?

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Who is the richest woman in the world? According to Forbes‘ data, for 2020, 234 women earned it to the list of the richest women in the world, down from 244 last year. The women on the list are collectively worth billions. Despite the recent economic crisis due to COVID-19, they are still wealthier than the previous year. Several women have shared their benefits this year with either their husband, child or sibling.

The richest women in the world, top 10 list:

10. Zhong Huijuan
Net Worth: $ 20.1 Billion
Country: China

Zhong Huijuan Richest Woman
Zhong Huijuan Credit: forbes.com

Zhong Huijuan owns a Chinese drug maker Hansoh Pharmaceutical. When the COVID-19 pandemic was widely spread in her home country, the stock went up to 10% from early January through mid-March. Her husband, Sun Piaoyang, is also a pharmaceuticals billionaire and leads Shanghai-listed Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine.
Zhong inhabits over three-quarters of Hansoh Pharmaceutical with her daughter, Sun Yuan. Headquartered in the Chinese coastal city of Lianyungang, Hansoh Pharmaceutical made it official on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in June 2019.

9. Susanne Klatten
Net Worth: $ 20.2 Billion
Country: Germany

Sussane Klatten Credits-forbes.com

Susanne Klatten daughter of the BMW carmaker, her net worth fell by 20% in the last year. As the car sales slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BMW’s stock fell 24% in the initial start of March. Klatten is the only owner and deputy chairman of Atlanta, a pharmaceutical and speciality chemical company. Klatten inhabits 19.2% of automaker BMW and her brother, Stefan Quandt, occupies 23.7%.
Susanne Klatten is an economics graduate with an MBA degree. She also assisted in renovating her grandfather’s Atlanta AG into a world-class pharmaceutical speciality chemical corporation. She owns stakes in wind power outfit Nordex AG and carbon and graphite producer SGL Group.

8. Gina Rinehart
Net Worth: $ 20.3 Billion
Country: Australia

Gina Rinehart Source: Forbes

Gina Rinehart Australia’s richest resident built her success on iron ore. The daughter of a high-profile iron-ore explorer Lang Hancock, Gina put up with her late father’s bankrupted inheritance and restored it into something much bigger. The Roy Hill mining project, which started shipments to Asia in 2015, gave her the biggest wealth.

She has been the chairperson of the mineral extracting corporation, Hancock Prospecting Group since 1992.
Also, the mining magnate is Australia’s third-largest cattle producer, with a portfolio of properties across the nation. Her wealth was decreased by $2 billion in the preceding year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that shoved down the prices in the iron ore industry.

7. Yang Huiyan & Family
Net Worth: $ 27.7 Billion
Country: China

Yang Huyian Source: China Daily

Yang Huyian, a 38-year-old woman, inhabits 57% of real estate developer Country Garden, a stake primarily assigned to her by her father Yeung Kwok Keung in 2007. Yang’s young sister Ziyang also sits on Country Garden’s board.
Yang owns Bright Scholar Education Holdings, a Chinese education company that got on public on the New York Stock Exchange in the year 2007. She is a student from Ohio State University. During the hard times of COVID-19 pandemic, the company also launched robotic, automated food serving stations which feed Chinese medical workers in Wuhan.

 6. Laurene Powell Jobs & Family
Net Worth: $ 31.5  Billion
Country: United States


Laurence Powell, widow of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, died in the year 2011, inherits billions of dollars of stock in Apple and Disney. She has been working on Emerson Collective, a hybrid investment, social impact and philanthropic firm; she has founded in the year 2004.

In the year 2017, she acquired a minority stake in the parent of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. She also bought stakes in various media platforms, affecting a majority of the Atlantic magazine and all of California Sunday and Popup Magazine. She launched the Emerson Collective Foundation during the second half of 2016 with a gift of $1.2 billion, much of it in Disney shares.

5. Jacqueline Mars
Net Worth: $ 41.3 Billion
Country: United States

Jacqueline Mars Source: Pinterest

Jacqueline Mars owns an approximate one-third of Mars, the world’s largest candy maker which is known for M&Ms and Milky Way bars, launched by her grandfather. Her brother John inhabits an estimated one- third of Mars; her late brother Forrest Jr’s. Four daughters occupy the rest, which also acquires a great pet food and vet care business. For almost 20 years, Jacqueline Mars served the company until 2016.

4. Julia Koch & Family
Net Worth: $ 55.8 Billion
Country: United States


New to the list Julia Koch joined the billionaire’s list after she, along with her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch Industries from her husband, David. He died at the age of 79, in August 2019. Julia married David in the year 1996. She with her husband has generously donated $10 million to Mount Sinai Medical Center and another $10 million to Stanford’s Children’s Hospital to research on food allergies.

3. Mackenzie Bezos
Net Worth: $ 59.6 Billion
Country: United States

Mackenzie Bezos debut with the 3rd position in the list, she divorced her husband Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in July 2019.
MacKenzie walked away with 25% of Jeff’s Amazon stake or 4% of the company. She also endorsed a Giving Pledge, vowing to offer away at least a minimum of half of her wealth in May 2019. She founded the Bystander Revolution, which is an anti-bullying organisation in 2014.

  2. Alice Walton
Net Worth: $68 Billion
Country: United States

Alice Walton Source: Business Insider

The only daughter of the founder of Walmart, (Sam Walton) Alice Walton has turned out to be the second richest woman in the world. Unlike her brothers, Rob and Jim, Alice Walton has never taken an active role running Walmart and has instead become a patron of the arts. In 2011, she inaugurated a $50 million museum called Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, to house her $500 million private art collection.

As the market is going through a downpour all over the world, but Walton’s wealth boosted 23% since last year. She does not perform a role in Walmart. Still, assists to lead a program the Walton family foundation that will grant $300 million in bonds to assist charter schools in investing in it and in refurbishing the facilities.

1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & Family

Net Worth: $ 71.8 Billion
Country: France

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers | Image credit: Forbes

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world and the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder Eugene Schueller. She became France’s L’Oréal heiress in the year 2017 after her mother Liliane Bettencourt passed away at the age of 94. Bettencourt Meyers and her family owns 33% of L’Oréal stock and recorded its best sales expansion in more than a decade in 2019.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the wealth of Bettencourt Meyer’s declined $400 million, since the last year’s the shares of the cosmetics giant dropped 12% in the first two weeks of March.

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