With all of the media coverage of powerful women like Hillary Clinton and BeyoncÃƒÂ©, we often forget that the world’s richest humans are mainly made up of men.
Forbes just released its 2016 list of the world’s billionaires and 190 of them are women. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually only 10 percent—the rest of the 1,810 billionaires on the planet are dudes.
So who are the women ranking among the world’s richest individuals? Those who made the top 20 are actually heiresses, including Lilaine Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal beauty empire; Alice Walton, successor to the Wal-Mart throne; and Jacqueline Mars, queen of the candy company.
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Just 33 of the 190 female billionaires are what Forbes considers “self-made,” meaning they didn’t inherit a dime of their empires. Topping this exclusive subset is Zhou Qunfei, who built her 5.9 billion dollar fortune as a glass supplier for a couple of teensy companies called Apple and Samsung and Elizabeth Holmes. At 32, she is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire.
The total number of women rolling in the dough is actually down from 2015, when there were 197 women making mucho moolah. But the drop seems to be part of a larger trend for the world’s wealthiest. The overall list has gotten a bit shorter in 2016 and the total combined pool of wealth took a hit, too—the combined riches of the top 20 on the list fell by 70 billion dollars (sorry, Gates).
So, who’s down to up the number of ladies on this list in 2017?
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