Who are the World’s Richest Women

When the world’s richest man and his wife decided to split, it shook the world because the numbers were always going to be big.

World's Richest Women

When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie agreed the terms of their split, in which MacKenzie Bezos will be keeping a 4% stake in the online retail giant.

Her stake is worth $35.6bn (£27bn) on its own, making her the world’s third-richest woman (and the 24th richest person in the world).

But who are the other women at the top of the global rich-list? And how did they get there?

1) Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers

Net worth: $49.3bn, making her the world’s 15th richest person, according to Forbes magazine.

Who is she?
The French heiress to the L’Oréal cosmetics fortune who, along with her family, owns 33% of the company.

The 65-year-old inherited her wealth from her mother Liliane Bettencourt, who died in September 2017 aged 94. The two had been estranged and entered into a long dispute in 2007.

Ms Bettencourt-Meyers filed a lawsuit over concerns that her mother was being exploited by members of her entourage amid declining health. But they reconciled in the years before her mother’s death.

Ms Bettencourt-Meyers is also an academic and has published books on Greek gods and Jewish-Christian relations.

2) Alice Walton

Net worth: $44.4bn, putting her 17th on the world rich-list.

Who is she?
The 69-year-old is the only daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of US supermarket giant Walmart.

However, unlike her two brothers, she has moved away from the family company and focused on the arts, becoming the chairman of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in the family’s hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

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3) MacKenzie Bezos

Net worth: At least $35.6bn; this is the value of her stake in Amazon alone, but her true net worth is likely to be even higher. Keep an eye on the Forbes 2020 rich list to see how much higher.

Who is she?
The 48-year-old has four children with the Amazon founder, whom she married in 1993 after they met while working together at a hedge fund.

The Californian was one of Amazon’s first employees, having joined as an accountant. She has published two well-reviewed fiction books, and trained under author Toni Morrison, who said she was one of her best-ever students.

Ms Bezos, who was born MacKenzie Tuttle, also set up an anti-bullying organisation, Bystander Revolution, which encourages the “simple habits of kindness, courage, and inclusion”.

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