An inside look at some of the richest women in the world.
What do 600 magazines, 400 digital productions, and 50 worldwide radio and television stations all have in common? They’re all owned by 40-year-old Yvone Bauer!
The CEO of Bauer Media, Yvonne is the fifth generation of her family to run the Germany- based company. She’s been in that position since 2010, when her father gave her 85% of the company.
Another heiress to the Estée Lauder line, Jane Lauder also stepped into the family business like her sister Aerin. She’s the global president of the brand, and also serves as the general manager of the Estée Lauder, Origins, Ojon, and Darphin brands.
Jane owns 20 million shares of Estée Lauder since she joined in 1996.
Net worth: $1.4 billion
It’s difficult to go somewhere these days and not see Kylie Jenner. The younger half-sister of Kim Kardashian, Jenner grew up in the public’s eye as she appeared on the family’s reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Jenner decided to venture outside the realm of reality T.V., and started the insanely popular cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics. As a result, Jenner raked in $900 million in less than three years.
Back in July 2018, Jenner was featured on the Forbes magazine cover as the “youngest self-made billionaire.” There was some backlash to the “self-made” title, including a rather savage tweet from the Dictionary.com, account, but there’s no denying Jenner knows what she’s doing.
After becoming president of a textile manufacturer plant named Cheil Industries in 2015, 45-year-old Lee Seo-Hyun soon extended the plant into the fashion, business, and chemical venues. A business tycoon, Seo-Hyun proceeded to buy Colombo Via Della Spiga, a fashion business.
Seo-Hyun then merged her company with Samsung SDI and Samsung Everland, and became the leading producer of energy storage solutions.
Who knows what this business powerhouse will accomplish next? If one thing is for sure, it’s that it’s going to be very impressive.
Net worth: $1.5 billion
Sandra Mera inherited the family fortune in 2013, after the tragic passing of her mother. As a result of her father, Amancio Ortega Gaona, being the fourth richest person in the world, Mera is the second richest woman in spain.
She also plays a role in the family business, Rosp Corunna, owning 89% of the company holding shares. In addition, she also has a stake in Inditex, her father’s clothing company
Net worth: $7.3 billion
The last living descendant of Aristotle Onassis, a Greek shipping billionaire, Anthina Onassis was once worth as much as $5 billion. This is in large part of her getting $800 million of her inheritance money on her 18th birthday.
Onassis seems to have burned through most of that money, as her wallet can’t seem to keep up with her expensive spending habits. Between that and her estimated $100 million she paid in her divorce settlement to her husband, it seems as though Onassis’s billionaire status is slowly starting to slip away.
Sir Richard Branson has a net worth of $4.9 billion and owns more than 400 companies, his daughter, Holly Branson, definitely shares his drive.
After going to medical school to specialize in neurology, many doors were opened for Branson as a result of her hard work and determination.
After getting a few years of being a doctor under her belt, Branson worked at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the neurology department. When she’s not there, Branson is traveling around the glove doing philanthropy and humanitarian work.
Net worth: $3.8 billion.
Aerin Lauder is definitely pulling her weight in her family’s business. After getting her Bachelor of Arts and Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Lauder was hired as the image director of the business, which just so happens to be popular cosmetics line Estée Lauder.
The eldest granddaughter of the line’s founder, Estee Lauder, Aerin followed in her grandmother’s footsteps and started her own company. Named AERIN, the brand consists of perfume, furniture, fashion and comestic lines.
Net worth: $2.3 billion
Her father may be legendry fashion designer Ralph Lauren, but Dylan Lauren decided to pick a different career path. She opened Dylan’s Candy Bar, which is the world’s largest candy shop. Dylan said there were no hard feelings from her decision to stray from her father’s business, and he even gave her advice on how to be the business-savy woman she is today.
Fun fact: Ralph even designed her wedding dress for her wedding to Paul Arrouet back in 2011!
Net worth: $4.7 billion
Ana Lucia De Mattos Barretto Villela
Ana Lucia De Mattos Barretto Villela is the youngest female billionaire in Brazil, thanks to her great-grandfather. After he founded one of the biggest banks in Brazil names Itau, Villela’s great-grandfather merged Itau with another bank, Unibanco.
Together, these banks make up the largest non-state bank in Latin America.
Villela spends her days happily married, and living a low-profile life in Sao Paulo.
Net worth: $2 billion
Amanda Hearst seems to have taken a leaf out of her great-grandfather’s, media mogul William Randolph Hearst, book. Hearst enrolled in Chapin School and Fordham University, and later became the associate marketing editor at Marie Claire.
On the side, she is the founder of an organization called Friends and Finns. This aims to prevent mistreatment of puppy and puppy mills. In addition, Hearst also works to promote animal rights with non-profit organizations.
Net worth: $8.7 billion
A founder of one of the most popular companies Spanx (which makes intimate apparel, pants, and leggings), Sara Blakely landed a spot on Time‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World in 2012.
Even more impressively, she was named by Forbes as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world. Nowadays, Blakely enjoys a happy life with her marriage to co-founder of Marquis jet Jesse Itzler, and their four children.
The youngest billionaire in the world at age 22, Alexandra Andresen was born and raised in Oslo, Norway. Her father is Johan H. Andresen Jr., owner of a successful finance and real estate company named Ferd AS.
Johan isn’t pressuring his daughters to join the family business, however things might be heading that way as he has transferred 80% of his Ferd Holding shares to Alexandra and her sister, Katharina.
It seems as though Tamara Ecclestone got her love of sports from billionaire dad Ernie Ecclestone, chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone made her living working for Sky Sports Italia as a presenter, and has done numerous other racing productions.
Ecclestone made waves in the media on 2013, when it came to light her ex-fiance tried to blackmail her for $200,000. The reason being was so he wouldn’t leak her private secrets and information to the press. Derek Rose was convicted of his, and jailed for four years
Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Although she keeps a low-profile, 38-year-old and Jackie Kennedy’s Granddaughter Marie Besnier Beauvalot comes from a very wealthy and high-profile background. Her grandfather founded Lactalis, the largest dairy products group in the entire world. Lactalis is based in Western France, was made successful through the production of Président brie cheese.
They kept the business in the family, with her dad having served as the CEO. Now, Beauvalot and her brothers own the company.
Net worth: $2.5 billion
A socialite, model, and fashion designer, Petra Ecclestone, is Bernie Ecclestone’s other daughter. In a 2011 wedding to billionaire businessman James Stunt, Petra allegedly paid almost $12 million for the extravagant ceremony. The couple enjoys buying and selling real estate, such as recently buying Aaron Spelling’s mansion and listing it again for $200 million.
Like her sister Tamara, Petra had an incident of attempting to be conned of money, except this time it was successful. In 2014, Petra was lost $1.6 billion to someone who helped renovate the mansion.
Following in her father’s, Ji Haipeng, footsteps, Perenna Kei joined her father’s real estate company. Joining as the company’s non-executive director, Kei owns 85% of the company.
Beyond that, Kei is the shareholder of a company located in the Cayman Islands known as Logan Property. At only 28-years-old, she could retire now and be set for life; but why do that when there’s so much more for this successful businesswoman to accomplish?
Net worth: $1.3 billion
Laurene Powell Jobs
Although most people know her as the wife to the late Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs has made a name for herself. An active philanthropist, Jobs got a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and an MBA from the Standford Graduate School of Business.
Jobs has been putting her time and resources to good use, as she is the founder of the Emerson Collective. This foundation aims to help under-resourced students through the power of entrepreneurship.
Net worth: As of Octover 2018, $20.5 billion.
Growing up, Lynsi Snyder had a tough childhood. Her father died of a narcotics overdose in 1999, and her uncle perished in a plane crash in 1993. Yet she persisted, and on May 5, 2017, she got the last part of her inheritance: the In-N-Out Burger fortune.
Owning 97% of the popular chain, Glassdoor named Synder the fourth-best CEO in the country based on employee reviews.
Net worth: $3 billion
Zhou Qunfei‘s family struggled to make ends meet after her mom died when she was five, and her father was injured in a workplace accident. Despite the hardships, Qunfei became an entrepreneur, founding the company Lens Technology.
This successful company creates touch screens, and sells them to big name companies like Samsung, Apple, and Huawi.
As a result of this hard work, she’s the second richest woman in China, and the world’s richest self-made woman,
Net worth: estimated $9.8 billion
A graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and logistics, Yang Huiyan was gifted her father’s company, Country Garden Holdings.
After the company began selling shares, they raised $410 million, which increased her net worth. After four days of this, Huiyan’s wealth was increased by $2.1 billion.
When she’s not working with Country Garden Holdings, Huiyan dabbles in the Australian real estate business.
Charlotte Casiraghi has been in the media for a number of things; the daughter of Caroline, Princess of Hanover and Stefano Casiraghi, famed Italian industrialist, Casiraghi is actually eighth in line for the Monaco throne. In addition to her royal ties, she’s a decorated equestrian, a graduate of Sorbonne Univeristy with a philosophy degree, and a model for Gucci.
Casiraghi made headlines for the wrong reasons back in 2013 when it was discovered she had a illegitimate child with French actor Gad Elmaleh. Sadly, the couple split up two years later.
The richest woman in Germany, Susanne Klatten inherited the famous and very popular car company BMW after her parents passed away. Along with her brother, she owns 19.2% of the company.
BMW was not the only company Klatten inherited; she recieved ownership of Altanta AG, a pharmaceutical plant. Soon after, the company was sold for $6 billion.
Net worth: $25.1 billion