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There have been a load of rich men in history, but what about the women that have lived and continue to live to this day? Where do they rank in terms of their fortune? Let’s take a look at those bank accounts, ladies.

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8. Gina Rinehart
In Australia, Gina Rinehart ranks as one of the richest people. Her net worth totals $17.6 billion as of 2018. Her father, Lang Hancock, founded mineral exploration and extraction company Hancock Prospecting, where she works as chairman. This mining magnate attended the University of Sydney to study economics, but then dropped out so that she could work at Hancock Prospecting. She is Lang’s only child. After his passing, she got into a huge debacle involving her father’s estate with her stepmother Rose Porteous, which was settled after a long 14 years.

7. Laurene Powell Jobs
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s in Political Science and from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s in Economics. So, Steve Jobs sure scored big when we went and married Laurene Powell. She co-founded Apple Inc with Jobs, where she worked as the former CEO. She also founded Emerson Collective, a non-profit organization that focuses on education and immigration reform, environmental conservation, and social justice. After Jobs’s passing in 2011, Laurene inherited the Steven P. Jobs Trust with a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company. In the technology company, she ranks as the richest woman.

6. Iris Fontbona
As of 2016 Iris Fontbona ranks as the fifth wealthiest person in all of Latin America. She’s the richest person living in Chile, that’s for sure, and is the only woman from Latin America that appeared on Forbes list. At 76 years old, she’s worth $17.4 billion and acquired a lot of her wealth after the passing of her late husband Andronico Luksic Abaroa, the Croatian-Chilean businessman who founded Luksic Group. With Fontbona in charge from then on, the businesses would find even more success, even though a lot of the business went to her 3 sons.

5. Princess Lalla Salma
She wasn’t born into royalty. Salma Bennani’s father was a school teacher and she was raised mostly by her grandmother. She studied engineering and would go on to work as an information services engineer for Morocco’s largest private holding company, ONA Group. It would be at a party in 1999 that she would meet King Mohammed VI of Morocco, her future husband. After marrying him, she became the princess consort of Morocco, now known as Princess Lalla Salma. On occasion, she has represented her husband in international meetings.

4. Jacqueline Mars
American heiress and investor Jacqueline Mars comes from a family where everyone has money. She just happens to be one of the richer ones in the family since she’s the daughter of Audrey Ruth Meyer and Forrest Mars and the granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, who founded candy company, Mars (the company responsible for things like Snickers). All these assets and shares give her a net worth of $27.8 billion, making her the 17th richest person in the United States alone. In the world, she ranks as the 32nd richest person.

3. Cleopatra
First of all, Cleopatra wasn’t even Egyptian, she came from a line of Ptolemaic rules that originated from Ancient Greek. Yet she’s become one of the most famous rulers of Ancient Egypt whose name still lives on to this day. In history, she has remained one of the most famous female rulers. If you took her fortune and equated it to the monetary value of today, Cleopatra would be worth $98.5 billion. Ancient Egypt’s economy kept itself rolling for its abundance in the papyrus, wheat, and unguents industries at a time when Cleopatra ruled. Her reign lasted 21 years from 51 BC to 10 BC.

2. Susanne Klatten
German heiress and daughter to Johanna and Herbert Quandt, Susanne Klatten, has a net worth of 25.1 billion as reported in 2018. She ranks as the 38th richest person on the globe, thanks to the 50.1% stake in Altana she inherited from her father. She married Jan Klatten in 1990, changing her name. Her father would also leave her his 12.50% stake in BMW, where she was appointed to the supervisory board along with her brother. Back in 1978, she and her mother were nearly kidnapped, though police ended up preventing the incident.



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