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World’s Wealthiest Female Billionaires in 2022

Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, 2022’s World’s Richest Woman
Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, 2022’s wealthiest female billionaire. Credit: Françoise Bettencourt Meyears @MeyersFrançloise / Twitter

The world’s wealthiest female billionaires are quite diverse. Some were born into wealthy families, while others produced their own fortunes.

The “Forbes List of Billionaires” and the “Bloomberg Billionaire Index” each provide regular insights into who the five hundred most affluent individuals are, including both men and women. This November, it is no different, as both have provided a list of real time billionaires, and women are moving up on that list.

World’s richest women in 2022

The world’s real time female billionaires are from quite different backgrounds, countries, cultures, and lifestyles. Together, however, they have amassed an astounding $1.56 trillion dollars in economic resources, capital, and assets.

Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer, who inherited the L’Oréal conglomerate after the death of Liliane Bettencourt in 1982, is the wealthiest female billionaire in the world. Currently, her cornucopia of richness has reached $74.8 billion.

Rihanna, the youngest female billionaire in the world. Credit: Rihanna / Facebook

The youngest on the Forbes 2022 list is Rihanna, the American singer and self-made billionaire who today is worth $1.4 billion. Ana Maria Brescia Cafferata, worth $1.5 billion, is the oldest at ninety-two years of age.

There are, nevertheless, another twenty-four extremely wealthy women on the whole list.

Female billionaires according to rank

As previously stated, Françoise Bettencourt-Meyer comes out of the starting block in the number one position.

The cosmetic’s heiress is closely followed by Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, who founded Walmart, at $65.3 billion. This is a staggering figure—up by $3.5 billion from the previous year, according to Forbes.

Next is Julia Koch, whose affluence stands at $60.1 billion after inheriting her fortune from David Koch, her husband. In fourth position at $39.1 billion is Jacqueline Mars, the owner of one-third of the Mars Incorporated candy conglomerate.

Alice Walmart
Alice Walton. Credit: Wesley Hitt, Hitt Photography for Walmart, CC-BY-2.0 / Wikimedia Commons

In fifth is Miriam Adelson, the former wife of Sheldon Adelson, a casino magnate. Upon his death, she inherited nearly half of the Las Vegas Sands, which garnered her immense power in addition to the monetary means to invest in other resorts.

The list of the next five include Gina Rinehart ($27.8 billion), Mackenzie Scott ($27.7 billion), Susanne Klatten ($24.5 billion), Abigail Johnson ($21.5 billion), and Iris Fontbona ($19.7 billion). CEO World Magazine recently provided the whole updated list.

Ranking global riches

How does ranking global riches work? Forbes states on their website that their methodology for “crunching the numbers” involves consideration of “all types of assets,” “debt and charitable giving,” and “documentation” provided by the relevant individuals. Earlier this year, Forbes named Vicki Safra the wealthiest Greek woman in the world.

Forbes list of America’s richest self-made women, 2015
Forbes list of America’s richest self-made women, 2015. Credit: Forbes / Facebook

As for Bloomberg, they calculate their billionaire’s Index daily based on net worth. According to their website, their index is a:

…dynamic measure of personal wealth based on changes in markets, the economy and Bloomberg reporting. Each net worth figure is updated every business day after the closing of trading in New York. Stakes in publicly traded companies are valued using the share’s most recent closing price. Valuations are converted to U.S. dollars at current exchange ratesWhen ownership of closely held assets cannot be verified, they aren’t included in the calculations.

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