Women are known for going through hardships and exercising strength for over the past decades. We have been changing entire systems with courage, persistence and diligence. In fact, according to the billionaire census, in 2021 11.9% of the billionaire cohort are women. 8 out of those 10 richest women are also white.
Although we know money is not the only indicator of a person's status (definitely not!) but take the below list as a source of inspiration of women who have achieved successes despite glass ceilings, inequality and patriarchal systems. There are already so many successful women, it can't hurt to see where they came from and how they achieved success in the areas of monetary wealth.
Another observation we made is that 8 out of those 10 women are white. We are celebrating all women, white, brown, black or any other skin colour. But this is also the alarm bell for all of our ethnically diverse girls to dip their feet in becoming one the most richest women in the world - just to show all women that come after us that everything is possible, despite skin colour.
1. Alice Walton
#1 Richest woman in the world today is Alice Walton is the only daughter of the Walmart founder Sam Walton. With a net worth of $54.4 Billion she claims the top 1 place of the richest woman in the world and is recognized as one of the most powerful business women alive.
2. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is one of the most reputable women in the world known for being the heir of L'Oréal after her mother Liliane Bettencourt died at the age of 94. With a net worth of $48.9 Billion, Francoise is the second richest woman alive in the world today.
3. Diane Hendricks
Dianne Hendricks is the co-founder and chairwoman of ABC Supply, an American roofting supply company. She led ABC to two of its biggest acquisitions in its history. This successful female entrepreneur is worth north $8 billion through supplying households with roofing infrastructure. How baller is that?
4. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Quibi. Now, she is a board member at Procter and Gamble. Meg is worth $6.1billion and shows that you do not need to start your own company to be one of the most successful and richest women in the world.
5. Judy Faulkner
Judy Faulkner is a computer programmer who founded America's leading medical-record software provider named Epic Systems. She has now a net worth over $6 billion. Judy Faulkner is an icon to young female entrepreneurs who wish to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions in the field of computer programming.
6. Judy Love
Judy Love and her husband Tom opened truck and convenience stores "Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores" in 1964. Now, Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores has more than 520 stores in 41 states. Judy and her husband are self-made entrepreneurs with a net worth of $4.7 Billion.
7. Johnelle Hunt
Johnelle Hunt has a real-time net worth of $4.2 billion. Johnelle and her late husband sold their home and took out loans as a start-up to finance their rice hull packaging operation. Later they launched the J.B. Hunt Transport Services (JBHT) that signified theirs, and her success in the realms of entrepreneurship. Our lesson? To become one of the richest women in the world, you might want to consider going into more lucrative businesses rather than where the herd is flocking to. Ditch make up, ditch influencers, go for gas stations, logistics and roofing industries. Be innovative.
8. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
Kiran is worth $3.9 Billion and is known for being India’s first female entrepreneur and one of India's richest women. She founded the Biocon in 1978 that focuses on biopharmaceuticals sold in over 120 countries worldwide.
9. Yang Lan
Yang Lan is one of the most powerful and richest women in Chinese media, she co-founded the Sun Media Group. Yang Lan is also a journalist and talk show host who interviewed multiple famous icons across the globe. Yang Lan is worth $3.8 billion in net worth making her one of the most powerful and successful female entrepreneurs in China and the world.
10. Marian Ilitch
Marian co-founded the Little Caesars Pizza in 1959 with her late husband. Now, she also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Motor City Casino Hotel. With a $3.7 billion net worth, she is one of the most influential, richest and successful women entrepreneurs globally.
What we can learn from this list is that the richest women aren't just make up or YouTube influencers (something the younger generation might assume). The Richest Women show that hard work, dedication (many of the above companies have been around for more than 50 years) and innovation when it comes to specialization. Who would've thought that a roofing company would produce one of the Richest Women in the world? Or gas stations for that matter?
We also see that most of the richest women in the above list, have achieved their riches within a partnership. Whether that's with a company, a husband or a co-founder. The road to success is not paved by individualism.
What more we have learned? That it's time for some more diversity in the list of richest women in the world.