30 of America’s Richest Women
We often hear about the richest men in America from Forbes’ list. But, there are also lots of super wealthy women in the United States. Let’s have a look at 30 of the richest women in America.
Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer
Aerin’s grandmother created makeup giant Estee Lauder. Aerin has launched her own lifestyle brand within the existing one. With $1.8 billion in the bank she’s done pretty well for herself!
Pat Stryker founded Bohemian Companies, a business specializing in real estate and venture capital. It has made her one of America’s richest women in the process, as she is now worth $2.3 billion.
At $2.6 billion, Judy Faulkner’s personal fortune is nothing to be scoffed at. She founded Epic Systems in 1979, and the company continues to flourish.
Dagmar Dolby’s $2.8 billion seems rather paltry by the standards of this list. Ray Dolby’s widow has made her fortune owning just under half of Pioneer sound system company.
Just in front of Dagmar Dolby is Doris Fisher, the co-founder of Gap. She boasts a fortune of $2.9 billion and is still an 8% shareholder in the fashion giant.
Oprah has become something of an American institution these days. The 62-year-old queen of TV talk shows has seen her personal fortune grow to $3 billion since her investment in Weight Watchers.
Coming in next is Winnie Johnson-Marquart, an heir to the SC Johnson cleaning company. The company is still a major force today and is estimated to be worth around $9 billion.
Another heir to the SC Johnson Empire, Helen Johnson-Leipold. She chairs Johnson Bank and runs Johnson Outdoors too, which together have made her $3.2 billion.
Imogene Powers Johnson
The third heir to the Johnson Empire to make this list. She’s the mother of Helen and Winnie, and widow of Samuel Johnson who founded SC Johnson. Her personal fortune is estimated to be at around $3.2 billion.
$3.4 billion seems like more money than any of us could ever dream of, and it still only makes 23 on this list. Joan Tisch is a 90-year-old with a diversified fortune.
Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer
Sontheim Meyer is another with a personal fortune of $3.4 billion. It came from inheriting a 7% stake in Cargill. She also spends a lot of time competing in show jumping.
Coming in at just under $2 billion, Denise York has made her fortune as the owner of the San Francisco 49ers. The team’s value increased by 69% and restored York to the billionaire ranks.
Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
As the largest shareholder in Campbell’s Soup Co., the £3.2 billion that entails means Mary is not likely to be strapped for cash for the rest of her life! She has also served on the board of the company since 1990.
Breaking into the top 20 is Lynn Schusterman and her $3.5 billion personal fortune. The 77-year-old has made her billions from oil and gas investments.
Ronda Stryker is the granddaughter of Homer Stryker who invented the hospital bed. She served on the board of Stryker Corp., and boasts a personal fortune of $3.7 billion!
Co-founding the roofing company, ABC Supply, with her husband in 1982 was one of the shrewdest moves Diane Hendricks could have made. She now has a personal fortune of $3.7 billiob and is one of the richest women in the world.
Nancy Walton Laurie
The lowest ranked of the Walton dynasty to appear on this list with a measly $4 billion (yeah right!). She is another to profit from the Wal-Mart behemoth.
With $4.3 billion, Karen Pritzker can count herself among the richest women in the United States. Much of her fortune has been amassed from her inherited family wealth, as well as investments in Apple.
As the former chairwoman of Ingram Industries, Martha has a net worth of $4.3 billion. She has since gone into computer distribution, as well as working alongside Amazon.
Ann Walton Kroenke
Ann Walton Kroenke is the second of four Wal-Mart heiress’s on this list with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Her husband Stan is also the majority shareholder of Premier League soccer team, Arsenal Football Club.
At just 32 years old, Elizabeth Holmes is the world’s youngest self-made female billionaires. She founded Theranos, a blood-testing company, and boasts a personal fortune of $4.5 billion.
Randa Williams has made her billions (5 of them, in fact) through pipelines. She also actively runs her late father’s Enterprise Products Partners.
Milane Frantz is the sister of Randa Williams, and worth $5 billion . She beat her sister to the top 10 on this list as she is also a board member of Hermann Park Conservancy.
Another of the siblings who is an heiress to the pipeline conglomerate Enterprise Products Partners. She is the sister of Milane Frantz and Randa Williams, and is worth a cool $5 billion.
In 2014 Abigail Johnson took over for her father as CEO of Fidelity, the wealth management company. She has managed to accrue a personal fortune of around $14.2 billion.
Anne Cox Chambers
Starting off our top five is 96-year-old, Anne Cox Chambers. Anne is the owner of Cox Enterprises and has a net value of $18 billion, making her the oldest billionaire on this list.
Being an owner of Mars, the largest confectionary company in the world, Jacqueline is one of America’s richest women. With a net worth of over $23 billion, she has certainly reaped the rewards of candy!
Christy Walton married into the Walton family, and, as such, is an heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune, with a personal net worth north of $30 billion! She is also one of only two women to make it into the top 15 richest people in America.
The other woman to make that list (12th), is Alice Walton, queen of the Walton dynasty. Apart from her stake in Wal-Mart she has also invested a lot in art which may explain her vast $32 billion fortune.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene has a personal fortune of $19.1 billion, much of it from Apple. She’s used her wealth to help a lot of causes and nonprofit programs.