Who is the richest woman in the world in 2022? Net worths, ranked: Jeff Bezos’ billionaire ex wife MacKenzie Scott ranks at No 4, but is eclipsed by Walmart’s Alice Walton and L’Oreal’s Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Read on to find out how the richest women in the world came into their money.
5. Jacqueline Mars: US$32.6 billion
Mars Incorporated was founded by Mars’ grandfather Frank C. Mars in 1911, and the confectionery and pet food company behind the likes of M&Ms and Pedigree dog food has made his granddaughter a multibillionaire.
Mars worked at the company for nearly 20 years between 1982 and 2001 and, at the age of 82, is now worth more than US$32 billion as a result, according to Forbes. Aside from her work on the board of the company, she owns a horse farm in Virginia with animals that have been ridden by Olympic medallists.
4. MacKenzie Scott: US$43.6 billion
However, she still remains one of the richest women on the planet, with a net worth of US$43.6 billion. Scott received US$38 billion of her and Bezos’ US$137 billion fortune in the divorce settlement. She also got a quarter of Amazon’s shares in the split, but she has pledged to give away much of her soaring wealth. Her most recent donation was a whopping US$122 million gift to American youth mentoring charity Big Brothers Big Sisters.
3. Alice Walton: US$59.2 billion
The 72-year-old daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton was the richest woman in the world in 2020. She and her brothers share a 50 per cent stake in the company. Walton has been among the world’s wealthiest women for more than 10 years, and her love of art is well known. She is currently the chairwoman of the Walton Family Foundation’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Despite being worth more than the next woman in this list just two months ago, the Walton family lost a staggering US$19 billion in mid May 2022 when the company’s stock price slumped after posting its quarterly results. Covid-19 staffing issues, inventory issues and fuel prices all contributed to the drop, according to Bloomberg.
2. Julia Koch: US$63.4 billion
1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers: US$74.8 billion
Bettencourt Meyers’ relationship with her mother was a famously rocky one, and eight people were convicted of exploiting her ailing mother in a 2015 court case, just a few years before the Bettencourt matriarch died.
In 2019, the family and the brand teamed up to donate US$226 million to help repair Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire.
- While the likes of Kim Kardashian and Rihanna are self-made billionaires, all of the women on this list inherited their staggering wealth from their families
- Julia Koch inherited her fortune from her husband’s family, who have also used their influence to sponsor the Met Gala and open the school that Barron Trump goes to