The richest women in the world represent several industries, including fashion & retail, food & beverage, and real estate. In addition, a few famous families are represented in the visualization.
According to a recent census by Wealth-X, 11.9% of global billionaires are women. Even at such a minority share, this group still holds massive amounts of wealth.
The richest woman in the world is Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family who own 33% of stock in L’Oréal S.A., a French personal care brand. She is also the granddaughter of its founder. She is has a wealth estimated at 73.8 billion USD.
The granddaughter of L'Oreal founder Eugene Schueller, Bettencourt Meyers inherited a cosmetics fortune now valued at $56.8 billion in 2017 after a dramatic legal battle with a close friend of her mothers'.
Unlike a typical billionaire heiress, Bettencourt Meyers has focused her attention on her career as an author and a member of L'Oreal's board of directors.
The famous personal care company was founded by her grandfather and being a young scientist, he worked out a chemical formula for hair dye. It became popular among Parisian hairdressers and production grew. The company employed more chemists and beauty experts. Together they developed the L’Oreal brand. Hair coloring products were supplemented with body care, face cleansers, decorative makeup, and perfumery.
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