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The world's richest women for 2014

New Delhi: Forbes has released its annual list of the world's richest billionaires, showing 172 women on the list, which is a striking 25 per cent increase from the last year. But despite their record-breaking

India TV News Desk [ Updated: July 20, 2014 10:17 IST ]
the world s richest women for 2014
the world s richest women for 2014

New Delhi: Forbes has released its annual list of the world's richest billionaires, showing 172 women on the list, which is a striking 25 per cent increase from the last year. But despite their record-breaking presence, women still only make up 10 per cent of the billionaires club.


Among the billion-dollar ladies are Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In scribe and COO of Facebook; Meg Whitman, president of Hewlett-Packard; and Christy Walton, whose late husband was the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

Sandberg is also amongst the world's youngest self-made billionaires and joins Whitman as a female tech billionaire. Other women to join the list with a self-made fortune include Folorunsho Alakija, who is Nigeria's first female billionaire with her lucrative oil-producing company earning her a fortune of $2.5 billion, and the co-CEO of online gambling site Bet365, Denise Coates.

Reports suggest that only 32 of the 172 female billionaires actually struck it rich on their own; others inherited wealth from their parents or husbands.

Here is the list:

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