Most people would draw a blank when asked, "Who is the richest woman in the world?" Oprah? A Rockefeller heiress?
That may be so because women billionaires make up a small fraction of the world's richest: 11% of the Forbes' World's Billionaires in 2017. The number of women billionaires in 2017 is 227, an increase from the 202 in 2016.
Although many of these women are not personally well known, their fortunes have been made from widely known brands. All told, the ladies of the list have a collective net worth of $852.8 billion.
In the future, this list will hopefully be populated by woman who built their own empires. Unfortunately, because of hurdles faced by females in the business world, the majority of the richest women in the world inherited their money.
For the purpose of comparison, the net worth of all the women mentioned here is the value in U.S. dollars, though these women earn in the currencies of their country.
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by RTT Staff Writer
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