Out of the 1,826 billionaires that Forbes has recorded, 11 percent of them are women. And while that number is quite low, it’s been growing over the years to hold some of the wealthiest women out there. For this list, we’re focusing on women who have ranked in the top 100 of Forbes list of billionaires. With these women’s wealth combined, they are worth $251.9 billion US dollars.
Worth $41.7 billion, we have the richest woman in the world in Christy Walton. A good portion of her wealth stems from her inheriting it from her husband, John Walton. John Walton accumulated his wealth by co-founding Wal-Mart. When he passed away in a plane crash in June 2005, Christy was in line of inheriting $18.2 billion US. When she gained that inheritance, she took to growing that money to where it’s at today.