Women are now having their voices heard in todays world, their place has exceeded the confines of domestic chores and are now reaching out into fields that once were the sole domain of the male folk. It is in this context that we shall be talking about the richest woman in the world.
As they say, the world is ruled by the laws of opposite, so it is only normal to have the richest woman in the world category, if for nothing else, simply because we have such a category as the richest man in the world. And because it is not an easy feat at all.
So who is she?
Have you heard of the name Francoise Bettencourt before?
She is actually the richest woman in the world with a fortune of $53.6B And she is also considered as the 15th-richest person in the world. Now that is what is called WEALTH!
That spot has stayed between her family and the Waltons ( the owners of Walmarts) since the richest in the world decided to have for themselves a list for self admiration. In fact her mother, Liliane Bettencourt, who died in September 2017 had been on the list every year since Forbes published its first World’s Billionaires List in 1987.
She was the richest woman for most of the first 14 years Forbes published the billionaires’ list. Not until the years following 2001, during which she was overtaken some years by Walmart founder Sam Walton’s daughter Alice Walton and other years by Sam’s widow Helen Walton.
She would again regain the no.1 spot by 2006 and since then, sharing the richest woman in the world position with Alice Walton’s sister-in-law Christy Walton for the remainder of the decade.
Her daughter Francoise became the richest woman in the world after her mother (Liliane Bettencourt) died and the family purse was passed to her by inheritance.
She is the granddaughter of L’Oréal’s founder Eugène Schueller (an inventor of hair dyes), and a member of the company’s board since 1997.
According to Forbes.
- Francoise Bettencourt Meyers is the richest woman in the world and the granddaughter of L’Oreal’s founder.
- Bettencourt Meyers and her family own 33% of L’Oreal stock, which recorded its best sales growth in more than a decade in 2018.
- She has served on L’Oreal’s board since 1997 and is chairwoman of the family holding company.
- Together, L’Oreal and Bettencourt Meyers’ family foundation are donating $226 million to repair Notre Dame cathedral following the April 2019 fire.
- She became France’s reigning L’Oreal Heiress in 2017 when her mother Liliane Bettencourt, then the world’s richest woman, died at age 94.
- Bettencourt Meyers serves as the president of her family’s philanthropic foundation, which encourages French progress in the sciences and arts.