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Who are the world's richest women?

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31 October 2014

Can you guess who is the richest woman in the world? Here is a list of the richest women in each continent.

The richest woman in the world, with an estimated fortune of $37.9bn is Christy Walton.

Walton inherited a portion of the Walmart fortune after her husband’s death in 2005, which makes her the richest woman in North America and the world, according to a Wealth-X list of the wealthiest women in each region.

Taking second place on the Wealth-X list is Liliane Bettencourt, heiress of the French cosmetic giant L’Oréal, whose personal fortune of $31.3bn earns her the title of richest woman in Europe.

Bettencourt is also the oldest female billionaire not the list, at 92 years of age. 

The youngest, meanwhile, is 33-year-old Yang Huiyan, whose father, Yang Guoquiang, transferred 70 per cent of his shares in Country Garden Group to her before the real estate development firm’s IPO in 2007.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s three daughters – who, along with their brothers, have been on the receiving end of the asset transfer that Slim reportedly began in 2003 – emerged as the richest women in Latin America. Each of the three sisters is estimated to be worth $6.3bn.

Here are the names of the richest women in each region, and their estimated net worth:

  1. $37.9bn – Christy Walton (North America)
  2. $31.3bn – Liliane Bettencourt (Europe)
  3. $14.8bn – Gina Reinhart (Pacific)
  4. $6.3bn each – Vanessa Paola Slim Hajj, Maria Sournaya Slim de Romero, Johanna Monique Slim Ayub (Latin America)
  5. $6.3bn – Yang Huiyan (Asia)
  6. $4.2bn – Shari Arison (Middle East)
  7. $1.2bn – Folorunsho Alakija (Africa)

The recently published Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014 shows that there are 286 female billionaires worldwide, accounting for 12.3 per cent of the total global billionaire population of 2,325. 

The average age of female billionaires is 61 years old, and the female billionaire population controls 12.8 per cent of the world’s total billionaire wealth of $7.3tn.