Statistics reveal that when it comes to finances and the money making business, men are more dominant. However, as the years go by, statistics have also revealed that women are increasingly narrowing the wealth gap between them and their male counterparts. Though a greater percentage of these women inherited their wealth from either their deceased partners or parents, they deserve some credit for the ability to sustain the wealth thus far. It gives an arguable proof that though women may not be renowned innovators, they do quite a good job at making shrewd business managerial decisions. The other percentage of the women which is a actually a handful belong to the self-made class, which validates the fact that women are not completely ruled out when it comes to building a billion dollar empire from scratch. Maybe if societies all over the world embraced gender equality with arms wide open then the world would celebrate more female billionaires. According to the latest Forbes ranking, these are the 20 richest women in the world, some names would definitely sound unfamiliar as female billionaires tend to shy away from the public and media eye. Note, however that this list isn’t permanent as the net worth of these women are directly or indirectly dependent on the fluctuations of market prices and the economy of their respective countries.
20. Sandra Ortega Mera
Net Worth: $6.6 billion
Her father is the famous Amancio Ortega, the billionaire founder of clothing company, Inditex. When her mother Rosalia Mera passed away in 2013, Sandra inherited her 7% stake in the family company making her the second richest person in Spain after her father, and the richest woman in Spain. Despite owning stakes in her fathers company, Sandra isn’t involved in running the business, rather she dedicates to the work at Fundación Paideia, a nonprofit organization her late mom began which aims at providing vocational training for people with mental and physical challenges.
19. Eva Gonda de Rivera
Net Worth: $6.7 billion
Eva began the ownership of the controlling stakes in FEMSA beverage corp after her late husband and former Chairman of FEMSA, Eugenio Garza Laguera handed his stakes over to her and their 5 daughters. FEMSA whose stocks are traded both in Mexico and NYSE is the largest independent Coca-Cola bottler and distributor in Latin America. The company recently branched out into drug retail after acquiring Farmacias Farmacon, a pharmacy giant in northern Mexico.