The richest women 2017 (Forbes rating). Top 12.

Many people secretly dream of wealth, fame and other opportunities, although sometimes they deny it. For some, these thoughts remain in the secret depths of consciousness, and only the bravest go further, achieving victory and taking everything from life.

This refers to both the female population and men, but today we will present to you particularly the top of the richest women – brave, audacious, kind and naive at times, but most importantly – dazzlingly wealthy!

Who are they, the richest women in the world? Their state is measured in billions of dollars, but has the future always depended on them? Perhaps the thread of fate led them to wealth, and perhaps an inheritance or their own perseverance, this is what we have to find out. We made a popularity rating based on the famous Forbes magazine “The richest women of the planet”.

The complete list of the richest women, provided by the Forbes, consists of 190 people, whose overall wealth is estimated at $850 billion. So, let’s move on to the list of “the richest women in the world” (photo attached).

Here are the top 10 wealthiest women (the list is made according to the Forbes version) in front of you.

The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.

12 Christy Walton

Christy Walton with son. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Christy Walton with son
  • $ 5 billion
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Country: USA

A woman who, by the will of fate, took an honorable place among the billionaires had absolutely no intention to win Olympus.

After the death of her husband, John Walton, she took on the Wal-Mart campaign and expanded it to world-known limits with her son Lucas, who received a part of the share capital. The network of wholesale and retail stores Wal-Mart developed rapidly, like the expansion of the chain of McDonald’s restaurants. And if it is not known to some Europeans, in America everyone is greatly heard of Wal-Mart.

Christie invested her efforts and resources not only in her husband’s business but also in the First Solar campaign, which produces solar batteries. Charity is also one of Walton’s main activities. She responds simply about her success: “I did as John asked, and continued the tradition …”.

11 Zhou Qunfei

Zhou Qunfei. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Zhou Qunfei
  • $ 7.7 billion
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Country: PRC

The head of the company Lens Technology deserves sitting on the pedestal and taking the 11th place in our rating. The girl achieved everything in her life on her own, and this condition is already beyond all praises. She was born in a province in the southeast of China and she knew what poverty is since her childhood, so she had to start working at an early age.

Zhou started to earn money from the age of 15, working at a glass factory and getting her first pennies. The knowledge in glass helped the girl in the future and brought her the status of the queen of the touchscreen. But not only the knowledge helped Zhou, her strength, and perseverance in achieving goals, confidence that she would survive played a role, too. After the death of her parents, she and her brother had no one to hope for.

She broke into a big city, combining study and work at the factory, was able to rise even higher. Her example – an example of imitation for many desperate women. Of course, she was supported in the desire to open her business on glass lenses, by her brother and first husband, but agree that far not everyone can receive some 100-150 dollars and save some money at the same time.

The first deal was concluded with the representatives of the Chinese company for the production of telephones, then she managed to conclude a contract for the supply of glass for Motorola, and now the brands Apple, Samsung, LG and Huawei actively use the services of this successful lady.

It is noteworthy that the innovative capabilities of the enterprise attract the most eminent companies to cooperation, and the wealth of Zhou Kanfei only increases. The Chinese woman does not like to talk about her glory, she says she didn’t have such a task, she just did what she liked. Recently, Joe shared the secret of her success – “the desire to constantly learn and introduce new technologies.”

The richest woman in China has two children. The oldest daughter studies abroad and the son from the second marriage lives with his parents in Hong Kong.

10 Iris Fontbona

Iris Fontbona. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Iris Fontbona
  • $ 12 billion
  • Age: 74 years old
  • Country: Chile

The rating of “the richest women of 2017” continues. The next representative takes the ninth position in our list of the richest women, yet, according to Forbes magazine, this woman is the 32nd richest among all people in the world, as well.

The wealth of this 74-year-old woman is estimated in billions since, after the death of her husband (he was ill with cancer), she inherited mining plants, copper mines, shipping companies, hotel chains, a beverage company, a spa in Croatia.

All this wealth must be controlled and developed, and the owner successfully manages it up to this day. Iris is one of the richest women in Chile, and she lives in Santiago. And although her income has dropped significantly, she still remains in the list of the planet’s billionaire-women.

9 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
  • $ 12.7 billion
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Country: Netherlands

One of the wealthiest women in the UK, Charlene, is included in our popularity rating. She gets her income by the largest brewing company Heineken International, the controlling stake of which went to her after the death of her father in 2002. This is the third largest brewery on the planet, got to a delicate girl.

Charlene received a diploma in law, met her beloved and gave birth to five children when she was young. Now her husband (a former actor and skier) helps her in running the company.

The working staff respects Charlene for her ambitiousness and excellent knowledge in business management. The family plans to transfer the list of directors to their eldest son after the lady is no longer able to keep everything in her hands, but this, apparently, will not happen soon.

8 Gina Rinehart

Gina Rinehart. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Gina Rinehart
  • About 12-14 billion $
  • Age: 63 years old
  • Country: Australia

The Australian businesswoman, who also inherited the ownership of a large iron ore company, was included in the list of the richest women in the world. Her father did not think that in 1952, driving past the mountainous terrain of northern Australia, he would find deposits of iron ore there. Langley Hancock just flew past on an airplane and got into a storm, as a consequence it was necessary to decline and he noticed the strange color of the rocks. Subsequently, he returned there and took samples, and soon he was engaged in iron ore business.

It is now known that Gina sued her children so as not to transfer the ownership of the campaign to them, arguing that they do not understand the essence of the matter. Although at the behest of her father, grandchildren were to receive a share of the inheritance when a certain age was reached.

What plays a role in the decision of the billionaire? Perhaps her intuition or mistrust, and perhaps the “iron” grip does not allow the business lady to appoint someone else as the owner of the company besides herself. It is not known and even her relatives do not fall into the list of proxies.

7 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Abigail Johnson
  • $ 14 billion
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Country: USA

The largest financial empire under the name Fidelity Investments owner’s daughter takes the honorable 7th place in the rating. The father did not fail when he appointed her as the heir of his capital. With such a grasp as Abigail has, nothing could be else. The woman was able to become the president of the campaign, skillfully manage finances and multiply them, and at the same time, she managed to become one of the richest women in the world.

The study of the campaign began long before the adulthood of Abigail: she initially worked as a telephone operator at her father’s company, and at the same time went to school. Entering college, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the specialty of an analyst, working at the corporation (1988) afterward. Later, she graduated from the University of Harvard, receiving a master’s degree. And only then she continued to work for Fidelity Investments with a clear conscience. The skills of owning the business and finance surprised her employees and helped her to rise to the post of director.

6 Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Laurene Powell Jobs
  • $ 19 billion
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Country: USA

The widow of Steve Jobs, who was honored to own Apple, is also the owner of some of Disney’s shares. The successful study at Stanford, the happy marriage with Steve and not less successful housekeeping. All this fits in one delicate woman, plus she brings up three children and takes part in charity.

She supports art, fights for the rights of women around the world and invests in education projects. Truly – a happy, successful, beautiful woman deserves the title of the richest woman in the world.

5 Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Susanne Klatten
  • About $ 20 billion
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Country: Germany

The rating of the richest women is continued by the representative of Germany, who achieved success not only thanks to her inheritance received from her father, but also to herself. She studied marketing and management, she was interested in knowledge in the field of advertising. Working in these areas, she preferred to be under the pseudonym Kant since her wealth embarrassed her, and the girl believed that she should do everything herself.

But after the death of her father and mother, the inheritance “fell” on the girl and she became the owner of 50% stake of the pharmaceutical company “Altana” and the auto concern “BMW”. Together with her brother, they continued investing in the development of their business.

It is known that they tried to kidnap Klatten, and after that, they also tried to accuse her of intrigues, for which the criminals were punished with imprisonment.

4 Maria Franca Fissolo

Maria Franca Fissolo. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Maria Franca Fissolo
  • $ 23 billion
  • Age: 76 years old
  • Country: Italy

The wife of billionaire Michele Ferrero inherited her husband’s business of making sweets and chocolate pasta Nutella in 2015 after his death.

The widow had two sons, but one of them died in 2011, and apparently, the only heir who will follow his father’s footsteps, more precisely, has already begun his ascension, is Giovanni Ferrero. Now he is the general director of the confectionery company, and Maria Frank has hopes only for her son.  

3 Jacqueline Mars

Jacqueline Mars. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Jacqueline Mars.
  • About $ 28 billion
  • Age: 77 years old
  • Country: USA

The American heiress and investor Jacqueline Mars continues our rating “the richest women in the world” by Forbes. The wealth of Jacqueline is due to the success of the family company, which is known for the release of the popular confectionery products “Mars”, as well as Uncle Ben’s, Pedigree and Whiskas.

This 77-year-old lady is fond of horse riding, and also takes an active part in exhibitions, is a member of the directors of the opera of Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Surprisingly, Jacqueline once graduated from the University with a degree in Anthropology. The rich woman owns a residence in Virginia and has three children from two marriages who will continue the family traditions of holding the business.

2 Alice Walton

Alice Walton. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Alice Walton
  • $ 32 billion
  • Age: 67 years old
  • Country: USAAlice, who received an inheritance from her father Sam Walton, as well as the title of the world’s richest woman, is engaged in her personal growth. And this growth has little contact with doing business in Wall-Mart. Unlike her brothers, she did not take part in the opening of the supermarket chain in 1962.Alice is actively involved in the political life of the country and is seriously addicted to art. It is known that in the late 90’s the woman moved to a ranch in Texas to raise horses and rest of the stormy life of the big city. However, the woman continues keeping an eye on Wal-Mart. Besides, she established the Crystal Museum in Bentonville in her native state Arkansas.


1 Liliane Bettencourt

 Liliane Bettencourt. The richest woman in the world. The rating of Forbes 2017.
Liliane Bettencourt
  • $ 39 billion
  • Age: 95 years old
  • Country: FranceAccording to Forbes, the first place in the rating is held by Parisian Lillian Bettencourt – the co-owner of the shares of L’Oreal cosmetic products. She is the only heiress of her father Eugène Schueller, the founder of the cosmetics company. The father brought the girl into the field of cosmetology when she was 15.The richest woman in the world glued stickers on the boxes and bottles with the products when she was a girl. Liliane’s career started from simple procedures with stickers and reached to complete control of the entire production. At the moment, Liliana is 95 years old, so the French Guardianship Council warned the rich owner that she needs to protect her health. Her grandchildren could take care of her. By the way, one of them, Jean-Victor Myers already runs the company L’Oreal and is on the board of directors. Since 2012, the proprietress has retired from her affairs, transferring her powers to her grandson.

    But if it were not for senile dementia, the owner of the company would hardly pass the post, as she is one of the most influential business representatives nowadays. The richest woman in the world in 2017 has exactly this status ascribed by the media.