Forbes magazine needs no introduction, does it? It is one of the most important print media in economic matters. Perhaps not many buy their editions, but what is certain is that everyone checks the latest list of the richest people in the United States and the world. And it is that, each year, the magazine edition calculates the net worth of characters such as Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon, or Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
This list has been made up of hundreds of people worldwide and, like the world, it is always changing. If you are interested in knowing the 25 richest families in the country, you are in the wrong article (but we leave you the link so you can know them).
In this text we will only focus on the 10 richest women in the United States. As a curious fact, you should know that in the first 10 positions of the ranking, there is only one woman, being eight of the ten “awarded” Americans.
This peculiarity has motivated us to make our own ranking using information from Forbes. So, welcome to the list of the 10 richest women in the country of liberty!
- 1 Who are the 10 richest women in the United States?
- 2 Keys to highlight about the richest women in the United States
Who are the 10 richest women in the United States?
We think that some of the names you find on this list might surprise you because you will see several familiar faces, so to speak. Is this what will make your jaw drop? Maybe not. We are sure that what will surprise you the most are those names that nobody knows because they are not so famous or persecuted by the American press.
How did these women make so much money? Well, there is no single source. The sectors in which they found their fortune are as varied as the world or the market itself. Here you will find people who are actively or passively involved in retail, technology, and even the chocolate, candy, and candy industry.
But, enough talk! The time has come to move on to our ranking of the 10 richest women in the United States:
#1 Alice Walton
Forbes Overall Listing: 9th.
Heritage: 54.4 billion dollars.
Alice Walton, 71, is in our top spot for America’s Richest Women. How did you get to this place? Well, Alice is the heir to the fortune of one of your favorite companies: Walmart. In fact, it is not the first time that it appears in Forbes magazine. It has been in the ranking for several years, maintaining its position over time.
But who is Alice Walton? Walton is an economist graduated from Trinity University. After earning his college degree, he began gathering experience in the marketplace, first as an equity analyst for First Commerce Corporation and later in other roles. During that time, Alice has played a pivotal role in both the world of finance and the world of art.
In fact, actively participated in the development of the Bentonville Crystal Bridges Museum of Art, which opened its doors in 2011. But Alice Walton is more than just an heiress and a financial ace: this admirable woman is related to other Forbes list members:
- Sister-in-law of Christy Walton
- Cousin of Ann Walton Kroenke
- Cousin of Nancy Walton Laurie
Curious fact: The Forbes list brings together 2,095 billionaires whose combined value totals 8 trillion dollars.
#2 Julia Koch
Forbes Overall Listing: 18°.
Heritage: 38.2 billion dollars.
Julia Koch, born in the state of Iowa, unintentionally earned her spot on the Forbes list. And it is that her husband, David Koch, died in August 2019, leaving her and their three children 42% of Koch Industries, a multi-billion dollar conglomerate dedicated to sectors as diverse as oil, paper pulp, technology and chemicals.
In her youth, Julia lived in New York. Unlike other candidates on the list, she was dedicated to the fashion industry. In fact, he worked with the famous designer Adolf, although not in a position of power, but as his assistant. In 1996, Julia met her future husband.
Although she left the world of fashion, Julia continued to attend certain important events, usually social events and fundraising dinners. So much so that she and her husband have donated millions to hospitals and medical research centers.
#3 Mackenzie Bezos
Forbes Overall Listing: 22°.
Heritage: 36 billion dollars.
Mackenzie Bezos is the ex-wife of fellow millionaire Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. How did you get to this list? Well, after their divorce in 2019. In itself, the marriage lasted 25 years. Upon divorcing, Mackenzie was left with 25% of Bezos’ shares in Amazon, that is, 4% of the company’s overall value.
But who is Mackenzie Bezos? Per se, a writer graduated from the famous Princeton University. Not much is known about his professional and private life. What is known is that after he got his fortune, he promised to donate half of it to charity.
#4 Jacqueline Mars
Forbes Overall Listing: 29°.
Heritage: 24.7 billion dollars.
Has your mouth watered yet? Don’t worry: it’s not that you’re hungry, but that the last name Mars, for sure, has an impact on your palate. And it is that Jacqueline Mars is practically the heiress of a world-famous candy emporium:March!
This heiress was born in the year 1939. She is the granddaughter of Forrest Mars, who founded the company. Now, Jacqueline is not exactly an expert in sweets. In fact, he graduated with an anthropology degree from Bryn Mawr College.
The company that bears his surname is very important in the world, so much so that it is within the 25 richest companies in the United States. Together with her two brothers, Jacqueline is a member of the Mars Board of Directors, but is not actively involved in the operations.
#5 Laurene Powell Jobs
Forbes Overall Listing: 59°.
Heritage: 16.4 billion dollars.
Laurene Powell Jobs is the widow of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, former CEO of Apple, creator of the iPod… Well, you probably don’t need any more clues. Early in his career, Laurene worked at Goldman Sachs, this after getting an MBA at Stanford.
Laurene Powell Jobs is a highly empathic person with those most in need. In fact, founded Emerson Collective, a group that supports different individuals and organizations dedicated to eradicating poverty and social injustice, helping migrants, among other causes.
Recently (2017), Powell acquired a stake in Washington Capitals, although a minority.
#6 Abigail Johnson
Forbes Overall Listing: 124°.
Heritage: 10.8 billion dollars.
Abigail Johnson, 59, replaced her father in 2014 as the President and CEO of a leading financial services company you may know: Fidelity Investment. This Boston-based company is a family asset. In fact, doing a bit of memory, you will discover that it was founded by his grandfather in 1946.
Abigail owns almost 25% of this leading company in the sector, a company with managed assets close to 2.7 billion dollars. Johnson truly belongs in the financial world and not only because she was born surrounded by money, but also because she got her MBA from Harvard.
What’s more, worked in her own company as an analyst and later as a portfolio manager. Little by little, he worked his way up to the executive management of Fidelity.
Currently, Abigail is part of the Capital Markets Regulation Committee and also belongs to the Board of Directors of SIFMA.
#7 Christy Walton
Forbes Overall Listing: 155°.
Heritage: 8.9 billion dollars.
Christy is the second member of the Walton family on this list.. In this case, she is the sister-in-law of Alice Walton and the widow of one of the sons of the founder of Walmart. After her husband passed away in 2005, Christy inherited his fortune.
Most of the money she has comes from her Walmart stake, though Christy also made some investments of her own that multiplied her dollars in the bank a bit. An example? Well, one of his investments was in First Solar, a solar panel manufacturer.
Today, Christy Walton has an important role in the philanthropic world. To give you an idea, work with the Children’s Scholarship Fund, a social fund that financially helps children from low-income families.
#8 Ann Walton Kroenke
Forbes Overall Listing: 179°.
Heritage: 7.9 billion dollars.
One more member of the Walton family. In this case, it is the daughter of James Bund Walton, co-founder of Walmart. Therefore, it would be the cousin of Alice Walton, who ranks first on our list. Unlike Alice, Ann is not involved in the company. She dedicated herself to the area of health -she is a nurse- and is married to a billionaire from the real estate sector, Stan Kroenke, who also owns several sports teams in the country.
#9 Blair Parry Okeden
Forbes Overall Listing: 185°.
Heritage: 7.6 billion dollars.
Blair Parry-Okeden is the granddaughter of the founder of Cox Enterprise, a company dedicated to media and the automotive industry. Parry-Okeden inherited a 25% stake in the company, but does not usually participate in the decisions or management of it.
#10 Nancy Walton Laurie
Forbes Overall Listing: 206°.
Heritage: 7.1 billion dollars.
We come to the fourth member of the Walton family on the list. Nancy is the younger sister of Ann and the cousin of Alice Walton, who leads the ranking of the richest women in the United States. She is married to a basketball player, Bill Laurie, who also owned the St. Louis Blues.
As a married couple, they have acquired the Providence Bank in Missouri and have played an important role in the philanthropic world.
Keys to highlight about the richest women in the United States
Before we wrap up, we’ve rounded up some interesting facts about the source of wealth – and backgrounds – of the women on our list:
- Abigail Johnson, who is ranked number five on our list, is the President and CEO of Fidelity Investment; a financial company founded by his grandfather in 1946.
- Alice Walton, Nancy Walton, Christy Walton and Ann Walton are family and all of them appear in one way or another in the list of the 10 richest women in the United States.
- Mackenzie Bezos had gone unnoticed until now. In fact, the way he earned his place on this list is simpler than it seems. In 2019, he formalized his divorce with the famous -and also millionaire- Jeff Bezos, founder of amazon.
- Julia Koch, who also appears in the ranking, won a place on this list for a situation similar to that of Mackenzie Bezos: She and her children inherited 42% of Koch Industries – a company worth more than 47.9 billion dollars – after her husband passed away in 2019.
As you can see, the 10 richest women in the United States do not exactly make up a very diverse list. Most of them are over 40 years old and inherited their fortune in some way. Another point they have in common is that there are very few women leaders who have taken the reins of their company, with perhaps the exception of Abigail Johnson.