The richest women by region in the world makes up an interesting list of billionaires of the extreme wealthy and successful in seven different countries.
The region includes North America, Europe, Pacific, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. At the top of the list is Christy Walton of Walmart with an estimated net worth of $37.9 billion, according to Examiner. Europe’s Lilianne Bettencourt, 92, a French heiress of L’Oreal who lays claim to $31.3 billion.
Next on the richest women by region list is mining heiress Gina Reinhart of Australia took the title of most affluent woman in the Pacific, with an estimated net worth of $14.8 billion. For Latin America, it was a three-way tie between Mexican sisters Vanessa Paola Slim Hajj, Maria Soumaya Slim de Romero, and Johanna Slim Ayub, who are thought to possess a net worth of $6.3 billion individually, the website found. They are the children of billionaire Carlos Slim, who also has three sons.
Only one of the richest on the list is self-made. And the richest women are under-represented elsewhere when it comes to wealth and power, as well. Just over 5% of CEO positions in Fortune 1,000 companies are held by women, according to Market Watch.
Yang Huiyan of China, the richest woman in the Pacific on the richest women by region list, is thought to also have a net worth of $6.3 billion.
In the Middle East, Shari Arison of Israel has a reported net worth of $4.2billion, and in Africa, Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria has an estimated net worth of $1.2billion, according to Wealth-X. Both are businesswomen.
Women currently hold 99 of the 535 seats in Congress: 20 of the 100 seats in the Senate, and 79 of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. And 60 of the 172 active judges currently sitting on the 13 U.S. federal courts of appeal are women, according to the National Women’s Law Center.
The data comes from Wealth-X, the world’s leading ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of US$30 million and above. Headquartered in Singapore, it has 13 offices on five continents.
All together on the richest women by region, they are worth $114.6 billion. In total, there are only 286 female billionaires globally, compared to 2,039 men, CNN notes. A recent Billionaire Census report found that more than 65% of women billionaires inherited their wealth.