The richest woman in the world: Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers (France): $53.2 billion
Before she was declared as the owner of the $107.5 billion stakes in L’Oreal after her mother’s death in 2017, Francoise was already playing a big role in overseeing the family’s fortune as the head of their own investment company, as well as the president of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.
Filling in her mother’s shoes, however, is not an easy task. But although the late Lilliane Bettencourt was the richest woman in the world until the day she died, Francoise manages to hold her own as she secures the first spot in this year’s list of the world’s wealthiest women.
Aside from being the heiress to the cosmetics giant’s fortune, Francoise is also an accomplished author of Greek mythology works and literature that focus on Jewish-Christian relations.