#01. Liliane Bettencourt 200 Billion
L’Oreal is a household favorite when it comes to their cosmetic products, despite the fact they seem to be bipolar with their pricing (seriously! make up your damn mind when it comes to price tags).
Liliane is currently worth a massive $200 billion, and can probably afford to buy her own country by now: preferably one where the regulations on shampoo manufacturing aren’t so strict. I actually heard that Liliane sold her own island paradise for $42 million; does she need grandchildren? If so, where can I sign up and how do I get my own tropical pad for free?
#02. Vanisha Mittal Bhatia 51 Billion
Mittal, the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the largest steel making company in the world. Vanishi will not only inherit the billions of dollars her father has accumulated, but also the 34% of company equity in ArcelorMittal that her father possesses: making her soon to be one of the richest people in the world.
The Mittal family is the wealthiest family in all of India, and now Vanishi is now taking a leadership role in the family company, along with her husband, Amit Bhatia (an ex investment broker).
When Vanishi and Amit got married it was one of the most expensive wedding ceremonies in all of history: it was held at the Palace of Versailles, and featured a dinner at the Jardin des Tuileries by professional chefs flown in from India, a live music performance from a live pop star, and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. It must be pretty nice to get married where the hell you feel so inclined, but honestly I’d get married at a Mcdonalds if I could change my last name to Mittal.
#03. Delphine Arnault Gancia 26 Billion
After Delphine got her business degree at the London School of Economics she began working as a strategic consultant, but not wanting to pass up the opportunity to apply her skills at the highest level possible, she began working in the family business in 2,000.
Mrs. Arnault is an absolute maverick at her job, and after only three years in her position she was promoted to the management board, which makes her the youngest person and first woman to ever hold that position.
In order to build her career even farther, Delphine started working with other fashion companies, and it wasn’t long before her business talent got her seats on the board of directors: so just like her family’s products she has this industry in the bag. If you aren’t jealous of Delphine yet then it may push you over the edge to hear that she married a handsome heir to a dynasty of wine-makers, and after they divorced she married a successful businessman by the name of Xavier Niel: I think he lucked out on that one.
#04. Marta Ortega-Perez 24 Billion
Despite the fact that Marta’s father is worth upwards of $62 billion, she had to start all the way at the bottom of the career ladder and work her way up.
My dad is definitely not worth billions of dollars, heck, I don’t even know if he’s worth anything at all, but I too had to work my way up from the bottom: it seems like the two of us have something in common after all; cmon Marta, we can be friends, can’t we?! Marta is currently worth billions because of her hard work, and that’s because she was raised with both money and morals (*cough* take note, rich kids of Instagram *cough*).
#05. Christy Walton 22.5 Billion
Yep, Christy is part of the Walmart family and is now the second richest woman alive today. Christy has significant holdings in the Wal-Mart company, and probably gets free groceries delivered to her regularly— so she gets to save all of her precious money of course! Christy is actually fairly conservative with her money, although the largest share of her accumulated wealth goes to the various charities that she supports.
I don’t think Christy is actually aware of what’s happening to their customers, since it seems like every week something shocking is going on in their stores; personally I think it makes the shopping experience all the more exciting.
There have certainly been some gems over the years that will forever be documented thanks to the “People Of Walmart” series: maybe she just has too much money to care?
#06. Iris Fontbona 11.7
Iris Fontbona managed to avoid chewing nails entirely and to boot she still took good care of the money she inherited. Ms. Fontbona currently has a Net Worth of $13.5 billion which is steadily growing every year.
Iris is now the richest person in all of Chile, and has control over the Country’s largest resources: one of the largest copper mines in the entire world, the world’s largest brewer, Chile’s largest shipping company, and the second largest bank operating in Chile; Iris can’t seem to stop herself from going to the top, eh? Now that’s some girl power at its finest! What’s more, Iris will be passing along her fortune to her five children because she doesn’t really have anyone else significant to pass her money along to: what a lucky bunch of kids.
#07. Georgina Bloomberg 11.5 Billion
Georgina was so good at riding horses in fact that she became a professional equestrian, and like any horse loving woman would be inclined to do, she dated a horse loving man: a show jumper by the name of Cian O’Connor; when her relationship didn’t fare so well she figured that the second time was the charm and married the professional equestrian Ramiro Quintana, so basically her life is all about horses, and not at all about the frustrations of paying bills.
Georgina did suffer a broken vertebrae and concussion during one of her shows, but despite the setback she is getting right back on the saddle: is there any chance of your life being as smooth as hers? Neigh.
#08. Samantha Kluge 9.5 Billion
Samantha spent most her life partying it up and hopping from one club to the other, but after she had her kid she figured it was time to settle down a bit and focus on her family. At one point Samanatha was living in a historical house that had been owned by john Wayne, but ended up moving across the Country so that she could have the best school district possible for her son.
Kluge has been married and divorced three times, and is even being sued by an ex-boyfriend for apparently causing her distress: a crime that apparently is worth millions of dollars to him.
Samantha had given up on finding a good partner, which isn’t the easiest thing in the world when you’re a billionaire, when her four year old son approached a male acquaintance of hers and asked him to date his mommy; the acquaintance agreed, and three and a half months later they were engaged. Man, that guy owes that kid some serious Christmas presents for being such a stellar wingman.
#09. Amanda Hearst 8.7 Billion
Hearst Corporation was founded by William Randolph Hearst, who would later start a family so there would be an heir to his fortune: the current owner of the Hearst fortune is William’s great granddaughter, Amanda Hearst, although she isn’t as concerned with her family’s work as her parents were.
Amanda wanted to use her vast wealth to raise awareness of the inhumane treatment of animals, so she founded an organization named Friends and Finn that is dedicated to preventing the mistreatment of dogs in puppy mills.
Amanda has never had to fully work to support herself and has instead chose to spend her life working with various nonprofit organizations like the “Riverkeeper’s Junior Council.” As a way to try and create an organization that is self sustaining as well as promotes her positive message, Hearst has created a new line of ethical fashion that is hitting markets: if only she had some kind of outlet to spread her message… a newspaper perhaps.
#10. Alannah Weston 7.9 Billion
The Weston family is the second wealthiest family in Canada, and it’s hard to go more than a few hours without finding one of their chains. In 2004 Alannah took over as the creative director for Selfridges, and ten years later she was named as the deputy chairman of the Selfridges Group, following an increase of 50% in sales since she was appointed.
Not only are shareholders happy with the growth that Alannah has created, but the Canadian public is also incredibly happy with the changes that have been taking place: in the last three years it has been voted twice as the “World’s Best Department Store.” So what is there left to do when a young female billionaire already has an amazing career and reputation? Get married of course! Mrs.
Weston married an architect by the name of Alexander Cochran to which she had two daughters, and her kids are currently being coached on how to handle the company’s affairs: you’ve got to start those billionaires out young
#11. Josie Ho 7 Billion
Despite the nature of Stanley’s business he actually had very little chance of failure, because the government granted him a monopoly in his area and since all establishments ran under his name he came to be known as “The King of Gambling.” Stanley needed someone to pass his luck on to, so he had a daughter named Josie, and she became a billionaire before she could walk.
Josie wasn’t one for the gambling scene, and she ended up pursuing a career in the arts as a singer and an actor.
Josie’s father didn’t support her decision to become a singer, so in order to show him she was going to do exactly what she wanted to she starred in a handful of films as a prostitute. Standley was probably worried about tarnishing his family’s name, but honestly is anyone walking around saying good things about casino owners anyways? At least when Josie screws someone it’s all pretend!
#12. Hind Hariri 5.5 Billion
Rafic was the Prime Minister of Lebanon for 10 years, and during his time in office he headed five cabinets and rebuilt Beirut, which had been destroyed during a fifteen year civil war. Apparently not everyone was happy to hear about Rafic’s success, because while he was traveling with a motorcade past the St.
George Hotel, 1800 kilograms of TNT was detonated on his vehicle: killing him, and making his daughter immensely wealthy.
Hariri is one of the youngest billionaires alive today, and she intends to keep it that way: she intentionally stays out of the spotlight as much as possible, and has campaigned for her family in Lebanese elections rather than herself, in an effort to stay out of the spotlight. Hind decided that for her the best thing she can do is enjoy her wealth and start a family, so in 2009 she married a man named Mohammed Anas Al Karout and had two sons: Mohammed and Rafik.
#13. Dylan Lauren 4.7 Billion
Unlike her father, Dtlan had no intentions of going into the fashion industry: she had a much sweeter idea in mind; in 2001, she opened “Dylan’s Candy Bar which is self proclaimed to be the largest candy shop in the entire world, stocking over 7,000 candies that are imported from around the globe.
Dylan says that she was inspired to go into the candy business when she saw Willy Wonka at the age of 5, and I guess when you have a few billion dollars at your disposal that movie looks a bit more like a documentary.
Although Dylan isn’t a fashion designer herself, she does love the complexities of fashion and has a long list of her favorite designers (which includes her father); when she got married to Paul Arrouet in 2011 she wore a wedding dress that had dad designed, which is probably the sweetest and most touching thing a father can hope for: no matter how much money he has.
#14. Elizabeth Holmes 4.5 Billion
Elizabeth is now the youngest self-made female billionaire because of her efforts, and it’s all because she decided to drop out of college to focus on the growth of her business!
What’s most shocking about Holmes’s corporate decisions was her strategy of keeping her company’s business a secret.
I mean, it succeeded! She successfully kept a huge secret from her parents and now has a personal net worth of $4.5 billion! Now, how do I go about informing my mother that I need to drop out of university so that I too can become a billionaire? Face the facts, mom, this has been a long time coming!
#15. Jocelyn Wildenstein 3.8 Billion
Jocelyn’s divorce settlement granted her a whopping $2.5 billion, and on top of that sweet deal she also receives an additional $100 million per year for the next thirteen years: sign me up for the best failed marriage of my life.
The downside of Jocelyn’s newly acquired mega money? She is not allowed to use any of her inherited money for additional plastic surgery: it figures since she looks so… uhm, different. I mean Jocelyn only has herself to blame for looking as silly as she does, or maybe her doctor is secretly a horrible person who’s primary goal is to make his patients look like swollen munchkin cats.