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Mapped: The 50 Richest Women in the World in 2021

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Mapped: The 50 Richest Women in the World in 2021

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According to a recent census by Wealth-X, 11.9% of global billionaires are women. Even at such a minority share, this group still holds massive amounts of wealth.

Using a real-time list of billionaires from Forbes, we examine the net worth of the 50 richest women in the world and which country they’re from.

Where are the World’s Richest Women?

The richest woman in the world, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family own 33% of stock in L’Oréal S.A., a French personal care brand. She is also the granddaughter of its founder.

In April 2019, L’Oréal and the Bettencourt Meyers family pledged $226 million (€200 million) towards the repair of the Notre Dame cathedral after its devastating fire.

Following closely behind is Alice Walton of the Walmart empire—also the world’s richest family. Together with her brothers, they own over 50% of the company’s shares. That’s a pretty tidy sum, considering Walmart raked in $524 billion in revenues in their 2020 fiscal year.

Other family ties among the richest women in the world include Jacqueline Mars and her four granddaughters, heiresses to a slice of the Mars Inc. fortune in candy and pet food—and all of them make this list.

RankNameNet Worth ($B)Country
#1Francoise Bettencourt Meyers & family$71.4🇫🇷 France
#2Alice Walton$68.0🇺🇸 United States
#3MacKenzie Scott$54.9🇺🇸 United States
#4Julia Koch & family$44.9🇺🇸 United States
#5Yang Huiyan & family$31.4🇨🇳 China
#6Jacqueline Mars$28.9🇺🇸 United States
#7Susanne Klatten$25.8🇩🇪 Germany
#8Zhong Huijuan$23.5🇨🇳 China
#9Laurene Powell Jobs & family$22.1🇺🇸 United States
#10Iris Fontbona & family$21.0🇨🇱 Chile
#11Zhou Qunfei & family$18.6🇭🇰 Hong Kong
#12Fan Hongwei & family$17.9🇨🇳 China
#13Gina Rinehart$17.4🇦🇺 Australia
#14Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken & family$17.1🇳🇱 Netherlands
#15Wu Yajun$16.3🇨🇳 China
#16Abigail Johnson$15.0🇺🇸 United States
#17Kirsten Rausing$13.5🇸🇪 Sweden
#18Kwong Siu-hing$13.0🇭🇰 Hong Kong
#19Lu Zhongfang$12.7🇨🇳 China
#20Wang Laichun$12.7🇨🇳 China
#21Cheng Xue$10.8🇨🇳 China
#22Massimiliana Landini Aleotti & family$10.6🇮🇹 Italy
#23Denise Coates$9.9🇬🇧 United Kingdom
#24Lam Wai Ying$9.1🇭🇰 Hong Kong
#25Ann Walton Kroenke$9.1🇺🇸 United States
#26Savitri Jindal & family$8.7🇮🇳 India
#27Nancy Walton Laurie$8.2🇺🇸 United States
#28Blair Parry-Okeden$8.2🇺🇸 United States
#29Diane Hendricks$8.0🇺🇸 United States
#30Christy Walton$7.8🇺🇸 United States
#31Zhao Yan$7.8🇨🇳 China
#32Zeng Fangqin$7.6🇨🇳 China
#33Magdalena Martullo-Blocher$7.5🇨🇭 Switzerland
#34Rahel Blocher$7.4🇨🇭 Switzerland
#35Marie-Hélène Habert$7.2🇫🇷 France
#36Pamela Mars$7.2🇺🇸 United States
#37Victoria Mars$7.2🇺🇸 United States
#38Valerie Mars$7.2🇺🇸 United States
#39Marijke Mars$7.2🇺🇸 United States
#40Sandra Ortega Mera$7.1🇪🇸 Spain
#41Antonia Ax:son Johnson & family$7.0🇸🇪 Sweden
#42Sofie Kirk Kristiansen$6.9🇩🇰 Denmark
#43Agnete Kirk Thinggaard$6.9🇩🇰 Denmark
#44Li Haiyan$6.7🇨🇳 China
#45Ronda Stryker$6.6🇺🇸 United States
#46Marie Besnier Beauvalot$6.3🇫🇷 France
#47Zheng Shuliang & family$6.2🇨🇳 China
#48Meg Whitman$5.8🇺🇸 United States
#49Chan Laiwa & family$5.8🇨🇳 China
#50Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala & family$5.8🇲🇽 Mexico

All data as of January 15, 2021 (9AM PST)

MacKenzie Scott, ranked #3 on the list, was heavily involved in the early days of turning Amazon into an e-commerce behemoth. She was involved in areas from bookkeeping and accounts to negotiating the company’s first freight contract. Her high-profile divorce from Jeff Bezos captured the headlines, notably because she gained control over 4% of Amazon’s outstanding shares.

The total value of these shares? An eye-watering $38.3 billion—propelling her to the status of one of America’s richest people.

However, MacKenzie Scott has more altruistic ventures in mind for this wealth. In 2020, she gave away $5.8 billion towards causes such as climate change and racial equality in just four months, and is a signatory on the Giving Pledge.

[Scott’s near $6 billion donation has] to be one of the biggest annual distributions by a living individual.

—Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Looking towards the East, Yang Huiyan became the richest woman in Asia after inheriting 70% of shares in the property development company Country Garden Holdings. The company went public in 2007, raising $1.6 billion in its IPO—an amount comparable to Google’s IPO in 2004.

To aid frontline health workers during the pandemic, Country Garden Holdings set up robotic, automated buffet stations to safely serve medical staff in Wuhan, China.

Giving Generously

While the 50 richest women in the world have certainly made progress, the overall tier of billionaires is still very much a boys’ club. One thing that also factors into this could be the way this wealth is spent.

As many female billionaires inherited their wealth, a large share are more inclined to contribute to charitable causes where they can use their money to make an impact. What percentage of billionaires by gender have contributed at least $1 million in donations over the past five years?

Made $1mm in donations over last 5 years (%)

Source of wealth👩 Female philanthropists👨 Male philanthropists
Inherited68%5%
Inherited/Self-made20%28%
Self-made12%67%

Source: Wealth-X

Meanwhile, male billionaires are more likely to donate to charity if they built the wealth themselves—and many companies that fall into this category certainly stepped up during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Ranked: America’s Best Places to Work in 2024

Glassdoor’s annual list is determined by an algorithm that converts reviews to ratings—here are America’s 15 best places to work since 2020.

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Which Companies Are Considered America’s Best Places to Work?

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Research is divided on when is the best time to look for a new job, but it’s undeniable that a new year tends to hasten psychological effects: new beginnings, fresh clarity, and a renewed purpose. So for those on the lookout, it’s also useful to know which companies are the best places to work in the country—as rated by their employees.

Based on data gathered by recruiting website Glassdoor, here are America’s top 15 best places to work in 2024.

Glassdoor’s results are determined by their ‘proprietary algorithm’ which converts workplace reviews (rating companies on nine attributes like compensation, benefits, culture, etc.) from current and former employees, into a ranking. To read their full methodology, visit their website.

Ranked: America’s Best Places to Work in 2024

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, consulting firm Bain & Company is the best place to work in 2024 according to their employees on Glassdoor. The company’s page specifies what makes them so good: benefits, reliable teammates, growth opportunities, and crucially, strong leadership.

Here’s America’s top 15 best places to work in in 2024.

Rank Best Places to Work (2024)
1Bain & Company
2NVIDIA
3ServiceNow
4MathWorks
5Procore Technologies
6In-N-Out Burger
7VMware
8Deltek
92020 Companies
10Fidelity Investments
11Crew Carwash
12Keller Williams
13Delta Air Lines
14Raymond James Financial
15Adobe

Chipmaker Nvidia, whose stock has been on a tear in the last year, ranks second. Reviews cite work flexibility, workplace culture, and of course, focused leadership. In fact, Jensen Huang was recently rated America’s most popular CEO by professional social networking site Blind.

Three mid-sized tech companies, ServiceNow (cloud computing), MathWorks (mathematical computing software), and Procore Technologies (construction management software), round out the top five best workplaces in America.

Ranked in sixth is a break from the norm so far: beloved fast food place, In-N-Out Burger.

Missing from 2024’s list is Google which has dropped to 26th from eigth place in 2023. By doing so: no Big Tech company features in the top 15 best places to work for the first time in five years.

Rank 2020202120222023
1HubSpotBain & CoNVIDIAGainsight
2Bain & CoNVIDIAHubSpotBox
3DocuSignIn-N-Out BurgerBain & CoBain & Co
4In-N-Out BurgerHubSpoteXp RealtyMcKinsey
5Sammons Financial
Group
McKinseyBoxNVIDIA
6Lawrence Livermore
National Lab
GoogleBCGMathWorks
7Intuitive SurgicalDelta Air LinesGoogleBCG
8UKGLululemonVeterans United
Home Loans
Google
9VIPKidMicrosoftLululemonServiceNow
10Southwest AirlinesH E B SalesforceIn-N-Out Burger
11GoogleMetaRoyal Caribbean
Group
HubSpot
12LinkedInBCGNASA Jet
Propulsion
Slalom
13BCGLinkedInFive9Microsoft
14Trader Joe'sStrykerTwilioAdobe
15CoverMyMedsDocuSign
Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics
CrowdStrike

In fact, Big Tech does surprisingly poorly on these rankings despite the record profit and revenue they pull in every year.

Tech & Consulting Losing Sheen

A chart showing Glassdoor's rankings of major tech and consulting companies on their Best Places to Work list since 2019.

Apple for example has never been ranked higher than 31—which they achieved back in 2021.

Microsoft and Meta have done better in the past, but together with Google have slid down Glassdoor’s rankings rapidly, in conjunction with the recurring mass layoffs they’ve executed in the last two years.

And while Bain & Co head this year’s list, other major players in the same space—Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company—are now at their worst ranks since 2019.

Smaller consulting firms have been struggling in the last year or so, as higher interest rates have hit everything from technology companies, to banks, to real estate conglomerates—all usual clients for consulting companies.

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