Who is the Richest Woman in the World? So it has not been until relatively recently that women are now able to challenge for the position of the wealthiest people in the world? Although many ladies out there have not cracked the top ten list yet, it seems as if it is only a matter of time before we see a woman holding down the top spot.
Ok, so here’s the answer to a question that not many will know. The French billionaire heiress, who in September of 2017 inherited the company L’Oréal cosmetics when her mother Liliane Bettencourt died, is none other than Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. After having inherited the fortune of one of the world’s largest cosmetics companies, Francoise became the richest woman in the world. Her net worth is currently a juicy $58.5 billion.
Not many people will know that Francoise Bettencourt Meyers was an author of bible commentaries and even less known for her works on Jewish and Christian relations. Although her worth makes her the wealthiest woman on the planet, she is currently ranked as the 13th richest person globally, a feat that will surely gain traction for women seeking to take their place at the top of this list. However, Francoise is not far off as she is worth just under half of what Jeff Bezos, the richest man on earth, is worth.
The Richest Women in History
Although not always discussed as passionately as their male counterparts, there have been some ridiculously wealthy women throughout history. Let’s look at 2 of the richest women ever to walk our planet.
Cleopatra – Queen of The Nile
Affectionately known as the Queen of the Nile, the legend of Cleopatra has stood the test of time. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful women to grace our planet, not to mention her exquisite intellect and self-proclaimed divinity, this lady of legend could speak 12 different languages. Cleopatra’s net worth got estimated at $98.5 billion in today’s money at her peak. If she were still alive, she would be 5th on the wealthiest people in the world list.
Cleopatra initially had a dalliance with Julius Ceaser and then with the famous Mark Anthony and would go on to lead Egyptian warships into battle with her lover. Here’s a humorous little tidbit of information regarding these two immortalized lovers. They created their very own drinking society known as the Inimitable Livers. Cleopatra is also the inspiration for one of the most famous slot game genres.
Catherine the Great – The Riches of Russia
Although her fortune came about through her political stature and she does not make it onto the Forbes list, Catherine is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 trillion. Catherine is credited as having the longest-reigning term in the history of Russia and was a woman of immense power and influence. The reason for her accumulating such wealth was due to being a ruler of the great nation of Russia. She got given control of over 5% of the global GDP.
Catherine the Great initially intended to transform mother Russia with liberal reform. However, soon after a people’s uprisings, she abandoned this path.