World’s Richest Moms

Being a mom is like being in a sorority. It’s great having a group of women I can relate to, experiencing a lot of the same things I am.

I found a group of moms I’d like to join.

There are only 70 members.

There is a smaller group of these 70, with only 8 members.

It’s the billionaire mom club.

There are 70 billionaire moms in the world. 8 of these moms have created their own fortune (the other 72 inherited it from a husband or family).

Christy Watson was married to John Watson, second son of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton. John died when his ultralight aircraft crashed.. After his death in June 2005, she inherited his fortune of $15.7 billion. As of March 2010, she is the 12th richest person in the Forbes World Billionaires]with an estimated net worth of $22.5 billion. She is the richest female and mom in the world. She has 1 son, Lukas (holla at your girl Lukas!)

One of my favorite stories is that of billionaire mom, Joanne Rowling, author of the Harry Potter book series. She progressed from living on welfare to multi-millionaire status within five years. After a painful divorce that led to clinical depression, she and her daughter moved close to her sister where she began writing. She later re-married and had 2 more children.

It is hard to balance motherhood with life in general. Hats off to the billionaire moms out there. Their stories and success inspire me. I can’t imagine the sacrifices these women have made to attain their financial fortunes. But their ability to seemingly balance it all is amazing.

Keep reaching for you goals moms…it’s possible!

Here’s the top 10 list, hopefully you’ll be on here next year!

 

No. 1: Christy Walton, 55 years old, (U.S.)$22.5 billion.

Christy became a billionaire in 2005 when her late husband John, second son of Wal-Mart Stores founder Sam Walton, died when his ultralight aircraft crashed. She is the richest of the Waltons thanks to John’s early bet on alternative energy firm First Solar.

No. 2: Liliane Bettencourt, 87, France. $20 billion

Liliane inherited fortune from her father, the founder of cosmetic giant L’Oreal.

No.3: Birgit Rausing, 86, Sweden. $13 billion

Birgit and her three children inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval after her husband Gad Rausing died in 2000. Birgit leaves family business to her children, all three of whom sit on board; Jorn, the youngest, also heads company’s mergers and acquisitions division.

No. 4: Savitri Jindal, 60, India. $12.2 billion

Savitri is nonexecutive chair of the O.P. Jindal Group, a steel and power conglomerate founded by her late husband, Om Prakash Jindal, in 1952. She took over as group head after he died in a helicopter crash in 2005.

No. 5: Abigail Johnson, 48, U.S.. $11.5 billion

With her father she controls Fidelity Investments, America’s largest mutual fund company, founded by her grandfather. She earned an MBA at Harvard and joined the family business in 1988.

No. 6: Susanne Klatten, 47, Germany. $11.1 billon

The heiress holds MBA from IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. She sits on supervisory board of chemical manufacturer Altana, of which she now controls over 95%.

No. 7: Iris Fontbona, Chile. $11 billion

Inherited fortune after her husband Andronico Luksic died in 2005.

No. 8: Jaqueline Mars, 71, U.S. $11 billion

Her grandfather Frank Mars began making chocolates in 1911 in Tacoma, Wash. Her father, Forrest Sr. introduced malt-flavored nougat, the foundation of famous candy bar products that include Milky Way and Snickers. Mars and her siblings now share ownership of world’s largest candy company with $30 billion in sales.

No. 9 Anne Cox Chambers, 90, U.S. $10 billion

Daughter of Cox Enterprises founder James M. Cox (d. 1957). Today Cox Enterprises includes Cox Communications cable company, 17 daily newspapers, 15 TV stations, 86 radio stations, Manheim auctions (cars) and AutoTrader.com.

No. 10: Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, 55, Netherlands. $7 billion

Eight years ago Charlene inherited a 25% stake in one of the world’s greatest brewers, Heineken NV, from her late father, Freddy Heineken.

 

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