Men no more have a monopoly on wealth. Women are increasingly getting their dues. They have increasingly been featuring in the various lists of millionaires. Though most of them are still not self made, yet they have a great influence on company’s policies and employees.
Following is the list of top 10 richest women in the world in year 2010.
1. Christy Walton
With a whopping $20 billion, Christy Walton is the world’s richest women. She is the widow of Wal-Mart scion John Walton, who died in a plane crash in 2005.
2. Alice Walton
Alice Walton is the heir apparent of Wal-Mart. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, sister of John Walton and sister in law of Christy Walton.
3. Liliane Bettencourt
Liliane Bettencourt, 86, is the daughter of L'Oreal founder Eugene Schueller and is one of the principal shareholders of the company. She is also the wealthiest woman in Europe.
4. Susanne Klatten
Susanne Klatten is BMW heiress, who inherited her stake in BMW from her late father, Herbert Quandt. She lives in Germany.
5. Birgit Rausing
Birgit Rausing inherited packaging business, Tetra Laval from her husband, Gad Rausing after his death in 2000 after. The business was founded by her father-in-law in 1944.
6. Jacqueline Mars
Jacqueline Badger Mars is the daughter of Forrest Edward Mars, Sr., and granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the giant American candy company Mars, Inc. With her share in the company, she is worth US$9 billion.
7. Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers is a media proprietor, who is primary owner of Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses. She is the daughter of James M. Cox, a newspaper publisher and 1920 Democratic party presidential nominee.
8. Abigail Johnson
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is an American businesswoman. She is President of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing. Fidelity is led by her father, Edward Johnson.
9. Savitri Jindal
Savitri Jindal serves as the non-executive chairperson of steel and power conglomerate O.P. Jindal group. Her husband died in a helicopter crash in 2005.
10. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is the owner of a controlling interest in the world's third-largest brewer; Heineken International. She is the daughter of Freddy Heineken, the Dutch industrialist, and Lucille Cummins, an American from a Kentucky family of bourbon whiskey distillers.