There was a time that only men, specifically older men were only allowed to do business and that earning your first 6-digits was only experienced by a handful of people. But now, time has changed and being a billionaire is now the new millionaire. Currently, there are less than 2,000 billionaires around the world and some of them are women. Their age ranges from 19 to over 50-years-old. Some of them made their fortune through working smart and hard while others inherited their family business. As of March 2015, women broke past records, as the world consists of 197 female billionaires, which is up from 2014 with 172. Want to see more? Come with us and admire some of the youngest female billionaires in the world! They’re beauty, brains, and wealth!
Charlotte Casiraghi is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Princess of Monaco, and the late Stefano Casiraghi, an Italian industrialist. She is eighth in line to the throne of Monaco. She is a 29-year-old model and is worth $5.7 billion. She received a philosophy degree from Sorbonne University and is the face of Gucci. Aside from modeling she is also a published writer and magazine editor.
Following her mother’s, Lee Kun-Hee’s footsteps as Samsung Chairman, Lee is president of Cheil Industries. She is 41-years-old and is worth $1.3 billion. Cheil Industries has been around since 1945 as a textile manufacturer and eventually expanded into the fashion business and chemicals. In 2011, the Italian leather brand, Colombo via Della Spiga was bought by Cheil. Cheil merged with Samsung SDI and Samsung Everland, making them the leading producer of energy storage solutions before going public 2014.
Ivanka Trump is probably one of the most famous female billionaire thanks to her good looks and father Donald Trump. Ivanka is 34-years-old and is worth $3 billion which her father had a hand in. Initially, she was studying at Georgetown University where she spent two years but then transferred to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Economics in 2004. Ivanka is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization and is involved with all aspects of the company’s real estate and hotel management initiatives.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a French billionaire heiress and is a major shareholder of Lactalis who is worth $2.5 billion. She and her two siblings inherited the dairy company and own 100% of the shares. They are the makers of Président brie cheese, which is what made the company popular. Their competition, Italian milk manufacturer Parmalat, filed for bankruptcy in 2003, which resulted with the founder in jail. The siblings rescued the failing company through a holdings group in 2001. Marie and her siblings own 84% of Parmalat through the holding company.
Holly Branson is the daughter of probably the coolest CEO in the world, Sir Richard Branson. She is worth $3.8 billion and went to medical school where she specialized in Neurology. Then after school, she worked in the Neurology Department of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Aside from enjoying her wealth, she also travels around the world doing humanitarian work.
Serra Sabanci is a shareholder and board member of the Sabanci Holdings, Turkey’s largest financial and industrial conglomerate. Sabanci is 28th richest person in Turkey and one of the world’s youngest billionaires. She graduated from the University of Portsmouth and with honors from the Department of Economics of Istanbul Bilgi University.
Delphine Arnault Gancia is worth $26 billion and is the daughter of Bernard Arnault, the vice president and director of Louis Vuitton. Delphin received her degree from the London School of Economics and EDHEC Business School and began her career working for the strategy consulting firm McKinsey and Company. She joined LMVH in 2000. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Management Board of the group and is also a member of the board of directors for the prêt à porter labels Céline, Loewe and Pucci, Moët Hennessy, and M6, as well as a managing partner of a wealth management company ; more recently, she also became a member of the board of directors for 20th Century Fox as well as for Havas. No wonder she’s worth that much.
Susanne Klatten is a 53-year-old entrepreneur and is worth $20.2 billion. She is the daughter of Herbert and Johanna Quandt, who is regarded as having saved BMW when it was at the point of bankruptcy and made a huge profit in doing so. She inherited BMW after her parents passed away and made her the richest woman in Germany. Along with BMW, she also inherited Atlanta AG, a pharmaceutical giant that she sold for $6 billion. Knowing that her wealth is sometimes a problem, she often worked incognito under the name Susanne Kant.
Anna Anissimova is worth $2 billion and is popularly known as the Russian Paris Hilton. Her father built his fortune through metal trading. She had a sister but she was killed by the Russian Mafia so Anna was sent to America for safety. She did some modeling, acting, and real estate ventures to add to her wealth and then settled down with film producer Peter Schafer.
The 33-year-old Chinese is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings and is worth $4.7 billion. Her father Yeung Kwok Keung transferred his holding to her and became one of the richest women in mainland China and in Asia. Yang graduated from Ohio State University in 2003 with a degree in Marketing and Logistics. She is the vice chairman of the board’s governance committee and helped raise $410 million selling new shares according to Forbes.
Perenna Kei or Kei-Hoi Ting (Chinese name), was named as the youngest billionaire in the world at age 24 by Forbes with a net worth of $1.3 billion. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of London and owns 85% of the Logan Property Holdings through a family trust and multiple companies. Kei is a non-executive director of the company. Logan Property sells mid to high-end properties in Shenzhen. Having a large stake makes her the world’s youngest billionaire, even surpassing Facebook co-founder, Dustin Moskovitz. She was once known by the name “Ji Peili”.
Elizabeth Anne Holmes is the youngest self-made billionaire who is the CEO and founder of Theranos, a privately- held blood test company. She is 31-years-old and worth $4.6 billion. Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start a blood testing company and used the money for her education to fund the company. Theranos is worth $9 billion and she has a 50% stake. Theranos uses a painless prick to get a patient’s blood, at less cost than commercial labs.
Zhou Qunfei is a Chinese entrepreneur who founded the touchscreen maker company Lens Technology. This 45- year-old rags to riches entrepreneur is now worth $5.7 billion. She grew up in a poor family but is now the richest woman in China. Her company supplies screens to electronic companies such as Samsung, Apple, and Huawei to name a few.
Dylan Lauren is the daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren and the owner of New York City’s Dylan’s Candy Bar which claims to be the “largest candy store in the world”. She attended the Dalton School in New York City and graduated from Duke University in 1996, where she studied art history. Although she didn’t follow in her father’s footsteps, she let her father design her wedding gown when she married the Hedge Fund manager Paul Arrouet in June 2011.
Josie Ho is the daughter of Stanley Ho and is the owner of many casinos in Macau who is known as “The King of Gambling.” Josie is worth $7 billion and went on to become a singer and actor much to the dismay of her father. She acknowledges her eldest sister Pansy for supporting her early efforts to establish a singing career over the objections of their father. In November 2003, she married musician-actor Conroy Chan Chi-Chung in Australia and in 2009, she and her husband along with Andrew Ooi, co-founded 852 Films, a film production company.
Tamara Ecclestone is a British model, socialite, television personality, and the daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone who is the chief executive of the Formula One Group. This 32-year-old socialite is worth $3.6 billion and worked as a presenter for Sky Sports Italia. She has also been involved in a range of other lifestyle and glamor productions, after making her television debut in 2006 presenting the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Then in 2011, she starred in her own reality television show Tamara Ecclestone: Billion $$$ Girl.
The 51-year-old wife of the late Steve Jobs is worth $20.4 billion. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Art and Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and went on to get her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She founded the Emerson Collective, which uses entrepreneurship to help under-resourced students. Laurene Powell Jobs Trust also holds a 7.7% piece of Disney, as the largest individual shareholder.
Aerin Lauder is a 46-year-old heiress and businesswoman who is worth $1.85 billion. She is the heiress to the Estee Lauder line. She is the style and image director for the Estee Lauder Companies and has her own cosmetic, perfume, fashion and furniture line named AERIN. She also has a furniture and accessories collection. Aerin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and worked at the family company during and after college. She then continued her studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
How gorgeous are these 18 female billionaires? They are not only fine-looking, smart, talented but also mind-blowingly rich! We could just imagine and dream the kind of life they live. Some of them are self-made billionaires while others are heiresses of a billion dollar corporation. Now who says that women can’t lead? These smart and young women definitely proved their critics wrong. Women can also go head-to-head with men and do it in heels.