Each year Forbes Magazine releases its lists of the world’s richest men and women. In the case of the women, much remained the same as the 2016 list including the fact that most of the women are not self-made, but instead inherited their money. Many of the richest women in the world are American. Here’s a list of the richest women in the U.S. We always hear who the richest celebs are but are the top 5 richest women in America celebs.The following list has been drawn up according to the most recent Forbes list of the richest people in America. In what’s perhaps a telling piece of trivia, all five women on our list were lucky heiresses.
However, each has been university educated and has had professional training, rising to the occasion of taking over the family business. Each of these women took over direction and management from their fathers, managing to maintain and even boost company profits. Highly successful in the professional realms of business, finance and media, most of the women on our list have also shown themselves to be exceptional philanthropists. The contributions of the wealthy women featured here have proven instrumental in the realms of educational development and in the arts, both through donations and active participation in the running of organisations. Their contributions to these organisations have been widely recognised and appreciated.The five richest women have been ranked according to their estimated net worth, from lowest to highest.
Top 5 Richest Women In America 2016
Christy Walton :-
Christy Ruth Walton is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. After John’s death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of US$18.2 billion.According to Forbes, she is the 6th richest person in the United States, and the 10th richest person in the world, as of November 2013. Forbes reported that she was the richest woman in the world for seven years running, and still held the title in November 2013. As of November 2013, she and her family (not including her two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law) had an estimated net worth of $39.9 billion the bulk of which comes from her shares in Wal-Mart, but also from First Solar, in which her husband invested.
She resides in Jackson, Wyoming and has one son, Lukas. As of November 2013, Christy Walton was listed as the 9th richest person in the world.Christy Walton America’s richest woman, she’s also the richest woman in the world. She has held the position for 4 of the past 5 years, rivalled only by Liliane Bettencourt, the L’Oréal heiress. Walton inherited her wealth from her husband John Walton whose father was the founder of Wal-Mart. To top it all off, her husband’s investment in First Solar has further boosted her wealth.
- Net Worth :- $36.7 Billion
- Born: 1955, Jackson, Wyoming, United States
- Spouse: John T. Walton (m. ?–2005)
- Children: Lukas Walton
Alice Walton :-
Alice Louise Walton (born October 7, 1949) is an American heiress to the fortune of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is the daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and sister of S. Robson Walton and Jim Walton. In March 2012, her estimated net worth was US$26.3 billion, making her the second-richest American woman (behind her sister-in-law Christy Walton) and the tenth-richest American. As of February 2016, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index her estimated net worth was US $33.9 billion, making her the 13th richest person in the world.
Alice Walton is currently America’s second richest woman. Walton is a Wal-Mart heiress living in Texas, who pursued an education and career in finance. Forging a path for herself separate from the family business, Walton founded the investment bank Llama Company in 1988 where she worked as president and CEO. Furthermore, she was chairperson of the Northwest Arkansas Council, a community group that played a major role in developing the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport.
- Net Worth :- $34.3 Billion
- Born: October 7, 1949 (age 64), Newport, Arkansas, United States
- Education: Trinity University
- Parents: Helen Walton, Sam Walton
- Siblings: Jim C. Walton, S. Robson Walton, John T. Walton
Jacqueline Mars :-
Jacqueline Mars (born October 10, 1939) is the daughter of Forrest Mars, Sr. and granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars, Incorporated. Forbes has described Mars as the 15th richest American. Mars attended and graduated from the boarding school Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1961 with a degree in anthropology. She married David H. Badger in 1961.
They had three children,Alexandra Badger born 1966/1967 (age 47–48),Stephen Mills Badger born c.1969 (age 44–45), and Christa Badger born c.1975 (age 38–39). She divorced Badger in 1984. She married Hank Vogel in 1986; they divorced in 1994.Jacqueline Mars, her father and grandfather had a sweet tooth. Her grandfather Frank C Mars founded the American candy company Mars Incorporated in 1911. Jacqueline’s father Forrest E Mars worked with her grandfather to invent the Mars and Snickers bars. Today the company also produces Milky Way, M&Ms and even Uncle Ben’s rice. As well as this, Mars Incorporated now owns the pet food companies Pedigree and Whiskas.
- Net Worth :- $20 Billion
- Born: October 10, 1939 (age 74)
- Parents: Forrest Mars, Sr.
- Spouse: Hank Vogel
- Siblings: Forrest Mars, Jr., John Mars
- Education: Bryn Mawr College (1961), Miss Hall’s School
Abigail Johnson :-
Abigail Pierrepont (Abby) Johnson(born December 19, 1961) is an American businesswoman. Johnson is President of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing. Fidelity was founded by her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II and her father Edward C. (Ned) Johnson III is its current CEO. As of March 2013 The Johnson family owns a 49% stake in the company. Her wealth of approximately $17 billion makes her one of the world’s richest women. Abigail Johnson is a highly successful business woman from Boston, Massachusetts.
After receiving an MBA from Harvard University, Johnson joined the family business Fidelity Investment. Fidelity Investment is a corporation that deals with multinational financial services, and is one of the biggest financial services and mutual fund groups worldwide. Founded by Abigail Johnson’s grandfather Edward C Johnson II in 1988, her father Edward N Johnson is currently the CEO of Fidelity. Since March of 2013, the Johnson family owns a 49% stake in the company.
- Net Worth :- $17, 3 Billion
- Born: December 19, 1961 (age 52), Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Parents: Edward Johnson, III
- Spouse: Christopher J. McKown (m. 1988)
- Education: Harvard Business School (1988), more
Anne Cox Chambers :-
Anne Beau Cox Chambers (born December 1, 1919, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American media proprietor, who has a stake of interest in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses. She is the daughter of James M. Cox, a newspaper publisher and 1920 Democratic Presidential nominee, and his second wife, Margaretta Parker Blair. She owns and controls her father’s business interests, through Cox Enterprises. For 33 years she co-owned the family company with her sister, Barbara Cox Anthony, who died on May 28, 2007. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $12.4 billion in September 2010, based principally on her equity interest in Cox Enterprises.
She is the 20th-richest person in the United States and 53rd-richest person in the world. Anne Cox Chambers is the fifth wealthiest American woman and, despite her age, still sits on the board of the privately-held media conglomerate Cox Enterprises. Cox Enterprises was founded by Anna’s father, James Cox, in 1898. The enterprise is hugely successful, boasting a revenue of $ 15.300 billion in 2012. Chambers is the majority owner of the company which is also directed by her late sister’s two children. Cox Enterprises owns Cox Communications, television and radio stations,newspapers,the automobile auction company Manheim Auctions, automobile marketplace AutoTrader.com, as well as the direct marketing company Valpak.
- Net Worth :- $ 15.5 Billion
- Born: December 1, 1919 (age 94), Dayton, Ohio, United States
- Spouse: Robert William Chambers (m. 1955)
- Education: Finch College
- Children: Katharine Anne Johnson, James Cox Chambers, Margaretta Johnson Taylor
- Siblings: Barbara Cox Anthony, James M. Cox Jr., John W. Cox
- Parents: James M. Cox, Margaretta P. Blair