Number of female billionaires rockets. Here are the women at the top of the global rich list

Asian entrepreneurs leading the way globally

Chan Lai-wa

Chan Lai-wa, 23rd richest woman in the world

The number of female billionaires has grown almost seven-fold over the last 20 years.

There are now 145 women listed as billionaires, up from just 22 in 1995.

It is Asian entrepreneurs who are driving the numbers up, according to UBS/PwC’s Billionaire’s Report.

Nonetheless, most female billionaires still come from the US and Europe, the report says, while Asia now has the greatest growth in the number of self-made female billionaires.

Over 80% of female billionaires live in the US and Europe. More than 50% of Asian female billionaires are self-made, compared to 19% in the US and 7% in Europe.

However, even with the improvement in numbers women make up just 12% of the world’s billionaires.

Here are the top 20 wealthiest women according to Forbes:

Christy Walton. Net worth: $41.7bn

Liliane Bettencourt. Net worth: $40.7bn

Alice Walton. Net worth: $39.4bn

Jacqueline Mars. Net worth: $26.6bn

Maria Franca Fissolo. Net worth: $23.4bn

Laurene Powell Jobs. Net worth: $19.5bn

No name. Net worth: $17bn

Susanne Klatten. Net worth: $16.8bn

Johanna Quandt. Net worth: $13.9bn

Iris Fontbona. Net worth: $13.5bn

Abigail Johnson. Net worth: $13.4bn

Gina Rinehart. Net worth: $12.3bn

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken. Net worth: $11.6bn

Massimiliana Landini. Aleotti Net worth: $10.4bn

Carrie Perrodo. Net worth: $8.8bn

Blair Parry-Okeden. Net worth: $8.5bn 

Margarita Louis-Dreyfus. Net worth: $8.4bn

Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler. Net worth: $6.7bn

Eva Gonda de Rivera. Net worth: $6.7bn

Sandra Ortega Mera. Net worth: $6.3bn

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