Forbes’ 5 Richest Women in the World

Jakarta, IDN Times – Today, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day or World Women’s Day. The advent of World Women’s Day emphasizes the extraordinary role of women in everyday life.

Women today have equality with men. The abilities and intelligence they have even make them sit as leaders in a company.

To commemorate World Women’s Day which falls today, here we present the 5 richest women in the world version Forbes.

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1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers

Forbes' 5 Richest Women in the WorldGrandson of L’Oréal founder Francoise Bettencourt (Forbes.com/BERTRAND RINDOFF PETROFF)

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers became the richest woman in the world with assets reaching 75.2 billion United States (US) dollars or equivalent to Rp. 1.082 trillion as of Tuesday (8/3/2022).

For his wealth, Forbes ranked Francoise as the 12th richest person in the world last year.

Francoise is the grandson of the founder of L’Oreal. Francoise and his family own a 33 percent stake in L’Oreal. He has been with L’Oreal since 1997 and is now the number one person in the company.

The status as the richest woman in the world was obtained by Francoise when she inherited the throne of L’Oreal leadership from her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, who died at the age of 94. Liliane herself also had the status of the richest woman in the world.

2. Alice Walton

Forbes' 5 Richest Women in the WorldAlice Walton. (Getty Images/Rick T. Wilking)

Alice Walton is the second richest woman in the world. According to Forbes, the 72-year-old woman has a total wealth of US$65.1 billion or Rp.937.15 billion. Alice herself is listed as the 17th richest person in the world in the 2021 Billionaires released by Forbes last year.

Alice is the only daughter of the founder of Walmart, namely Sam Walton. However, unlike her two brothers, Rob and Jim who work at Walmart, Alice focuses on art. It made him then create the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in his hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges presents a wide variety of artworks from world artists such as Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Mark Rothko. Alice is now listed as CEO of the Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art.

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3. MacKenzie Scott

Forbes' 5 Richest Women in the WorldJeff Bezos and his ex-wife Mackenzie. businessinsider.com

MacKenzie Scott is a philanthropist, author, and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He and Bezos were known to be married for 25 years before finally separating in mid-2019.

For the divorce, MacKenzie is entitled to a 25 percent stake in Amazon. MacKenzie is listed as the third richest woman in the world with a fortune of 53 billion US dollars or almost Rp. 763 billion.

In 2020, he made a US$5.8 billion donation to 500 nonprofit organizations and in June 2021, he also made a US$2.74 billion donation to 286 organizations.

4. Julia Kocho

Forbes' 5 Richest Women in the WorldJulia Koch (Forbes.com/Julia Koch)

Julia Koch is the fourth richest woman in the world according to Forbes. His net worth is recorded at 46.4 billion US dollars or Rp. 668 billion.

His main source of wealth is a 42 percent stake in Koch Industries. The shares were acquired by Julia and her three children from her late husband, David Koch, who died at the age of 79 in 2019.

The Iowa-born woman moved to New York in the mid-1980s and worked as an assistant to a designer named Adolfo. He also handled a number of high-profile clients including the First Lady, Nancy Reagan or the wife of the US President, Ronald Reagan.

Julia then met David on a blind date in 1991. They then dated and married in 1996.

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5. Miriam Adelson

Forbes' 5 Richest Women in the WorldMiriam Adelson. (Bloomberg/Andrew Harrer)

The fifth richest woman in the world according to Forbes is Miriam Adelson. The 76-year-old woman is the widow of the late Sheldon Adelson, the former CEO of casino company Las Vegas Sands who died aged 87 in January 2021.

Data Forbes shows, Miriam has a wealth of 38.2 billion US dollars or Rp. 549.7 billion. He owns more than half of the gambling company’s total market capitalization of $48 billion and owns casinos in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macau.