The title ‘billionaire’ is a privilege conferred upon by a select few. There are many ways that people come across money. Some inherit billions of dollars through family ties. Some marry into money. Others make their fortunes through shrewd business activities.
The number of billionaires out there seems to be growing at an exponential rate. But the number of beautiful billionaires remains limited to a select few. With beauty, brains and billions of dollars behind them, here is a list of the 5 wealthiest women on Earth.
1. Laurene Powell Jobs – $19.4 Billion
Laurene Powell Jobs holds an MBA from the Stanford School of Business and founded College Track which helps to improve graduation rates among underprivileged communities, and makes them become first generation college attendees. She inherited Apple mogul Steve Jobs‘ estate when he died back in 2011. The estate stemmed from 38.5 million shares of Apple and a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company.
2. Carrie Perodo – $9.8 Billion
Carrie, a model since the 1970s, used her business savvy to launch her own agency, Carrie’s Models, while her husband created Perenco, an oil company which is estimated to gross $6 billion in revenues a year. While her husband died and his estate remains unsettled, Perrodo’s three children now run Perenco, and the company seems to only getting bigger. Carrie Perrodo’s modelling agency was sold many years ago for an undisclosed amount (the family is notoriously secretive), but Perrodo has an estimated worth in the region of $9.8 billion.
3. Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer – $1.3 Billion
Belonging to the powerful Lauder family, Aerin Lauder seems to be carrying on the legacy of her grandparents wonderfully. However, she has made a name for herself as a businesswoman in her own right. At 44-years-old, part of her $1.3 billion fortune stems from having more than 16 million shares in the Estee Lauder Company.
4. Sheryl Sandberg – $1.3 Billion
The 45-year-old Chief Operating Officer of Facebook was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people. Her net worth is estimated to be in the region of $1.3 billion, making this self-made billionaire one of the wealthiest women in North America. When she’s not busy being Facebook’s COO, she is also an author. Her first book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will To Lead, was published in March 2013 and became a best-seller selling well over one million copies.
5. Tory Burch – $1 Billion
She is known for her trademark colourful designs and bold prints, worn by celebrities and everyday people alike. Chances are you’ve seen Tory Burch’s golden emblem on shoes, handbags and perfumes in malls all over the world. Fashion mogul Tory Burch, the Chairwoman and CEO of Tory Burch, is today valued at $1 billion since launching her brand back in 2004.