256 Women Billionaires Made It On Forbes Annual Ranking
Forbes broke its world record Thursday with 256 women listed as billionaires, which is the highest amount recorded globally.
Two-hundred-and-fifty-six women, out of the 2,208 who made Forbes’ “2018 Billionaires” list, are the wealthiest people around the world, which is a record high, according to the New York Post. Two women also made the list of the top 20 richest people in the world: Walmart tycoon Sam Walton’s daughter, Alice Walton, who’s worth $46 billion at 16th place, and Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, part of the L’Oréal beauty franchise, is worth $42.2 billion at 18th place. Women comprise nine percent of the compiled list.
Forbes also noted 72 of the women were “self-made,” meaning they did not inherit their wealth. The amount of these independent women is also at an all-time high. Hong Kong billionaire Zhou Qunfei, worth approximately $7.8 billion, also made the list. She created Lens Technology, which produces smartphone screens.
The youngest person on the list is Norwegian 21-year-old Alexandra Andresen, worth $1.47 billion, whose father owns investment company Ferd. Peruvian 93-year-old Ana Maria Brescia Cafferata came in as the eldest on the list. Her $1.5 billion worth’s connected to her fish supplier family.
The United States and China have the largest amount of female billionaires in the world.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is ranked number one and is worth $112 billion.