South Africa’s richest women vs the world

The wealthiest women on the planet are invested in a number of diverse sectors, spanning brewing companies, to mining, to auto manufacturers, to chocolate makers.

Brands under their ownership rank among the most globally recognized including Disney, BMW, Heineken, and L’Oreal, Mars bars and Wal-Mart.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires list, the world’s wealthiest woman is 92-year-old Liliane Bettencourt, who owns 33% of L’Oreal, the world’s largest cosmetics maker. The Paris-based company controls Lancome and Garnier.

Bettencourt inherited her father’s stake in 1957.

Alice Louise Walton is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, and ranks as the second wealthiest woman in the world,  just ahead of Jacqueline Mars, who with her two brothers, owns Mars Inc, the world’s largest confectioner.

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the forth richest woman in the world, and is the founder and chair of the Emerson Collective, an organisation that uses entrepreneurship to advance social reform and assist under-resourced students.

Elaine Marshall is fifth on the list, holding an estimated 15% of conglomerate Koch Industries.

The top five wealthiest women are ranked 13th, 17th, 18th, 40th, and 43rd in all categories.

The 10 richest women in the world

# Name Source Country Net Worth (est.)
1 Liliane Bettencourt Cosmetics France $33.4 billion
2 Alice Walton Retail US $31.6 billion
3 Jacqueline Mars Confectionery US $31.4 billion
4 Laurene Powell Jobs Media US $16.9 billion
5 Elaine Marshall Trading US $16.5 billion
6 Susanne Klatten Auto Germany $13. billion
7 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken Brewer Holland $11.4 billion
8 Beate Heister Supermarket Chain Germany $9.9 billion
9 Iris Fontbona Mining Chile $9.2 billion
10 Gina Rinehart Mining Australia $9.2 billion

De Morgenzen Wine Estate owner, Wendy Appelbaum is listed as South Africa’s richest woman, with a net worth of around $600 million (R8.76 billion).

However, while Appelbaum may be South Africa’s richest woman, she only ranks as the fourth wealthiest woman on the African continent.

Leading the way for women on the continent is Isabel do Santos daughter of Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

The 10 richest women in Africa

# Name Source Country Net Worth (est.)
1 Isabel dos Santos Oil, Banking Angola $3.4 billion
2 Folorunso Alakija Oil Nigeria $1.7 billion
3 Hajia Bola Shagaya Oil, Banking Nigeria $600 million
4 Wendy Appelbaum Wine, Investments South Africa $260 million
5 Wendy Ackerman Retail South Africa $190 million
6 Irene Charnley Telecoms South Africa $150 million
7 Ngina Kenyatta Politics Kenya $110 million
8 Bridgette Radebe Mining South Africa $68.5 million
9 Sharon Wapnick Law South Africa $43 million
10 Elisabeth Bradley Investments South Africa $32 million

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