These are the youngest female billionaires in the world. They range in age from 19 to over 50. Some of them made their fortune on their own, and others inherited the family business. Read on to learn just how these remarkable young women got their billions.
Holly Branson is worth $3.8 billion. Her father is entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, who controls more than 400 companies and has a net worth of $4.9 billion. Holly has proven that she also has the brains of a Branson.
She went to medical school where she specialized in neurology. After becoming a doctor, Holly worked in the neurology department of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She also travels around the world doing humanitarian work and other philanthropy.
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Serra Sabanci is a 46-year-old worth $1.1 billion because of the family business. She is a shareholder and board member of Sabanci Holdings, which is Turkey’s largest financial and industrial conglomerate. Her father was tragically killed by a gunman in 1996, who was hired by assassins.
Serra is the 28th richest person in Turkey. She went to the University of Portsmouth and graduated with honors from the Department of Economics of Istanbul Bilgi University.
Ana Lucia de Mattos Barretto Villela
Ana is a 45-year-old who is worth $2 billion. Her great-grandfather founded Itau, which is one of the largest banks in Brazil. The bank merged with Unibanco and together they are known as Itau-Unibanco, the largest non-state bank in Latin America.
Ana is married and keeps a low profile living in Sao Paulo. However, she’s the youngest female billionaire in Brazil and has a fortune that has her set for life
Lee Seo-Hyun is a 45-year-old who is worth $1.5 billion. She’s the president of Cheil Industries, which is a textile manufacturer. Since she stepped in to lead the company in 2015, Lee expanded the company into fashion business and chemicals. She then bought Colombo Via Della Spiga.
Lee also merged her company with Samsung SDI and Samsung Everland, making them the leading producer of energy storage solutions. this has landed her on the list of the 50 richest people in Korea. She’s still found time to have four kids!
Aerin Lauder is 48-years-old and is worth $2.3 billion. She is an heiress to the Estée Lauder line, as the eldest daughter of billionaire Ronald Lauder and granddaughter to founder Estee Lauder. Aerin isn’t just sitting back and raking in the family fortune, however. She was hired as the image director of the family’s cosmetics business and received her Bachelor of Arts and Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
She also branched out to create her own brand, a fashion, perfume, cosmetic, and furniture line named AERIN. When it comes to the Estée Lauder Company, she owns 16 million shares.
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Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, is worth $4.7 billion. She opened the largest candy shop in the world, called Dylan’s Candy Bar. While she chose not to follow in her father’s footsteps and join the family business, he did let him design her wedding dress when she married Paul Arrouet in 2011.
Although she doesn’t work in fashion, Dyland said her father taught her how to be business-savvy. She told Forbes, ”Everyone in my family is entrepreneurial. I learned how to be entrepreneurial from my dad and wanted to start my own business.”
In July 2018, Kylie Jenner appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine, which proclaimed that she was set to become the United States’ youngest self-made billionaire. The 20-year old reality television star and half-sister of Kim Kardashian has a wildly popular cosmetics line called Kylie Cosmetics which earned $900 million in less than three years.
Backlash to the “self-made” title was swift, with dictionary.com tweeting that the term “means having succeeded in life unaided.” Either way, Kylie is a very wealthy young woman.
Amanda Hearst is the great-granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst and has an estimated net worth of $8.7 billion. Born and raised in New York City, the 34-year-old attended the prestigious Chapin School and Fordham University. She enrolled in Boston College but dropped out to pursue modeling.
Currently, she’s the associate market editor at Marie Claire and the founder of an organization called Friends and Finn that prevents mistreatment of puppies and puppy mills. She works with non-profit organizations to promote a positive message about animal rights.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a 38-year-old who is worth $2.5 billion. Her grandfather founded a company now known as Lactalis, which is the largest dairy products group in the world. Her father worked as the CEO of the company, and now Marie and two brothers own 100% of the Lactalis.
Based in Western France, the brand is known for making Président brie cheese, which grew in popularity and made the company a success. Although she has the means to live a life of fame and luxury, Marie lays low, and we rarely hear about her in the media.
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Athina Onassis is the last surviving descendant of the Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, making her style-icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ granddaughter through marriage. She is estimated to have been worth as much as $5 billion at one point, after having famously received $800 million of her inheritance on her 18th birthday.
In recent years, however, the heiress seems to have fallen on harder times and there is speculation that her fortune is swiftly dwindling between the expenses her extravagant lifestyle and her estimated $100 million in her divorce settlement to her philandering ex-husband. Even the media in her home country of Greece is speculating on the heiresses’ financial state, with one headline proclaiming “Athina Onassis May Not Be a Billionaires Anymore!” Ouch!
Charlotte Casiraghi is a 29-year-old model and is worth $5.7 billion. She is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and the Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi. Charlotte is eighth in line to the throne of Monaco. She received a philosophy degree from Sorbonne University is a decorated equestrian, and is also the face of Gucci.
In 2013 she made headlines by having a son out of wedlock with famed French actor Gad Elmaleh, who is 16 years her senior. Sadly, though, there was no fairy-tale ending for this couple, as they abruptly split up two years later, with a source telling PEOPLE magazine “He wasn’t around enough – and she wanted a father for her son.”
Sara Blakely is a 45-year-old worth $1.14 billion. She founded the company Spanx, which makes intimate apparel, pants, and leggings. Time named her as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in 2012.
Not only that, but Forbes has named her the 93rd most powerful woman in the world. The Florida-native married Jesse Itzler, co-founder of Marquis Jet. Together they have four children.
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Alexandra Andresen is only 22-years-old, making her the youngest female billionaire in the world. Born and raised in Oslo, Norway, Alexandra is worth a staggering $1.4 billion.
She is the daughter of Johan H. Andresen Jr., a Norwegian industrialist who owns Ferd AS, a finance and real estate company. Although he says he’s not pressuring his daughters to join the family business, her father transferred 80% of his shares from Ferd Holding to Alexandra and her sister, Katharina.
Tamara Ecclestone is a 32-year-old heiress, socialite and television personality worth $3.6 billion. Her father is Bernie Ecclestone, a billionaire who is the chief executive of the Formula One Group. She worked as a presenter for Sky Sports Italia and has been involved in other racing productions.
In 2013 Tamara made headlines of a different sort when it was revealed her ex-fiance had attempted to blackmail her for £200,000 for not selling her “intimate secrets” to the press. Derek Rose was convicted and sentenced to four years of jail time for the attempted blackmail.
Petra Stunt is the other daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Like her sister Tamara, she is also a socialite and model, as well as a fashion designer. She married billionaire businessman James Stunt in 2011 in a wedding that allegedly cost close to £12 million. Recently, the couple has made headlines for their real estate adventures, buying the former mansion of mega-producer Aaron Spelling and then listing it for $200 million.
Like her sister Tamara, though, Petra has also had bad luck with some rather shady characters. In 2014 it was revealed that she had been conned out of £1.6 million by the person she had hired to help renovate the mansion. He was eventually sentenced to prison.
Born in Hong Kong, 28-year-old Perenna Kei got her fortune by following in her father’s footsteps. Her dad, Ji Haipeng, is the chairman and CEO of a major real estate company in China. Perenna joined as the non-executive director of the company, and now has a net worth of $1.3 billion, owning 85% of the company.
She’s also the sole shareholder of the company, Logan Property, in the Cayman Islands. Although she has plenty of wealth to retire young, Perenna enjoys being a businesswoman, and she’s good at it, too.
Yvonne Bauer is a 40-year-old who is worth $2.4 billion. She owns 600 magazines, 400 digital productions, and 50 radio and television stations across the world. Talk about impressive!
Her company’s name is Bauer Media, founded in 1875. She is the fifth generation in her family to run the company, based out of Germany. Yvonne took over as CEO in 2010, at which time her father transferred over 85% of the company to her ownership. She married a German journalist, together they have twins.
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs is mostly known for being married to the late Steve Jobs and for her work as a philanthropist. As of October 2018, Laurene has an estimated net worth of $20.5 billion, making her one of the richest women in the world.
The 55-year-old received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Laurene founded the Emerson Collective, which helps under-resourced students through entrepreneurship.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is a 52-year-old who is worth $9.5 billion. Her life story is truly amazing, as she grew up in an orphanage in Russia. She met her French billionaire husband, Robert Louis-Dreyfus, on an airplane and the two married in 1992.
When he passed away, Robert left his family’s extremely successful company to Margarita. Louis-Dreyfus is a French commodity giant, with companies in more than 100 countries with 72 offices. Margarita is the chairman of the group and a second cousin of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
When Lynsi Snyder turned 35 years old on May 5, 2017, she received the final portion of her inheritance: the In-N-Out Burger fortune. She now owns 97% of the fast food chain and is worth $3 billion.
Snyder has led a difficult life despite her current riches, as her uncle was killed in a plane crash in 1993, and her father died of a drug overdose in 1999. In 2018 she was named the fourth-best CEO in the country by job site Glassdoor, based on employee reviews.
Jane Lauder is 43 years old and worth $1.4 billion. She is the sister of Aerin Lauder and is also heiress to the Estée Lauder cosmetics company. Jane holds the position of the global president as well as the general manager of the Estée Lauder, Origins, Ojon, and Darphin brands.
Since joining the family business in 1996, she now owns an incredible 20 million shares in the company. Her husband is a person of power as well, as the former governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.
48-year-old Zhou Qunfei is the second richest woman in China and the world’s richest self-made woman, with an estimated net worth of $9.8 billion. She grew up in a poor family, with her mother tragically passing away when she was five-years-old, and her father was injured at work in an accident. Despite all odds, Zhou became a successful entrepreneur.
She founded the company Lens Technology, which makes touch screens. Her company supplies these screens to major electronics companies such as Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. Zhou owns an incredible $27 million estate in Hong Kong, and loves mountain climbing and playing ping pong.
Sandra Ortega Mera
Sandra Mera is 50-years-old and worth $7.3 billion. She inherited her family’s fortune when her mother passed away in 2013. Sandra’s father is the fourth richest person in the world, Amancio Ortega Gaona, making Sandra the richest woman in Spain.
She owns 89% of the company’s holdings, named Rosp Corunna. She also has a stake in her father’s clothing company, Inditex. Sandra is married with three children, living in A Coruna, Spain.
Yang Huiyan is a 37-year-old who is worth $25.8 billion. Her father founded a company called Country Garden Holdings, which he transferred to her. She also has a hand in the Australian real estate developing business.
When the company began selling shares they raised $410 million, increasing her net worth at an insane rate. In fact, Yang’s wealth increased by $2.1 billion in the first four trading days of the year. The young billionaire has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and logistics from Ohio State University.
German heiress Susanne Klatten is 56-years -old and worth $25.1 billion. She is the richest woman in Germany and inherited the company BMW after her parents passed away. She owns 50% of the company, with her brother owning the other half.
That’s not the only company she owns, however, Along with BMW, Susanne also inherited Atlanta AG, a pharmaceutical giant that she sold for $6 billion. In 1978 she and her mother avoided a plot to kidnap them both when police stepped in.
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson
Abigail Johnson is 54 years old and worth $13.7 billion. She is the CEO and President of Fidelity Investments as well as the chairman of Fidelity International. Her grandfather founded Fidelity and is currently the chairman. Abigail has a 49% stake in the company. According to Forbes, she is the 19th most powerful woman in the world.
Allison is worth $1.5 billion. Her father is Fayez Sarofim, who started the business Fayez Sarofim & Co. Her mother is the heiress to Brown & Root. She does have a brother she may split the fortune with, but there is plenty to go around between the two of them.
Anna Anissimova is worth $2 billion and is popularly known as the Russian Paris Hilton. Her father is a billionaire who built his fortune by metal trading. Her sister was murdered by the Russian Mafia, so Anna was sent to America for safety. She has done some modeling, acting, real estate ventures, and is married to Peter Schafer, a film producer.
Anna Getty is worth $2.4 billion. Her great-grandfather is Paul Getty, the man who founded Getty Oil Company. She holds the Getty fortune and has a line of eco-friendly health products. Before starting that business, she was a yoga instructor and actress. She runs some other nonprofit organizations that promote health and well-being.
Ivanka Trump is worth $3 billion, which her father Donald Trump had a hand in. She graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business. She also appeared on “The Apprentice,” her father’s show, where she managed a few teams. Ivanka is currently the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization and one of Trump’s key advisors in his 2016 Election Campaign.
Hind Hariri is worth $5.5 billion and is the daughter of Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese businessman. Her father was killed and she inherited his wealth. She stays out of the spotlight and is one of the youngest billionaires alive. She is married with two sons. Having that many riches, it is probably best to stay out of the spotlight if you have no reason to be in it.
Josie Ho is worth $7 billion and her father, Stanley Ho, is the owner of many casinos in Macau. He is known as “The King of Gambling.” Josie went on to become a singer and actor, even starring in some films where she played a prostitute. Her father was not happy about this, but she still has access to the family fortune.
Alannah Weston is worth $7.9 billion. The Weston family fortune was built through a chain of supermarkets and bakeries. The family is the second-wealthiest in Canada. Alannah was the creative director for Selfridges, then moved up to the deputy chairman of the Selfridges Group.
Samantha Kluge is worth $9.5 billion and is the daughter of John Kluge. At one point, her father — a television industry mogul — was the richest man in America. Samantha partied most of her life but eventually tried to settle down. She has been divorced three times and has one son.
Georgina Bloomberg is worth $11.5 billion and is the daughter of Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. She got into riding horses at a young age and made a career out of it. She is sponsored by Ariat International and participates in many philanthropic activities on the side.
Christy Walton is worth $22.5 billion and is the widow of John Walton, the son of the man who founded Walmart. She is the second richest woman in the world and has a lot of holdings in the company. She gives a lot of her money to charities and is pretty conservative with spending it as well.
Delphine Arnault Gancia
Delphine Arnault Gancia is worth $26 billion. Her father, Bernard Arnault, is vice president and director of Louis Vuitton. She went to school for her business degree at the London School of Economics. Delphine started working with the family business in 2000 and has a seat on the board of directors.
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia is 35 years old and worth $51 billion. Her father is Lakshmi N. Mittal, CEO and chairman of ArcelorMittal, a steelmaking company. Upon his passing, she will inherit billions of dollars and 34% of the equity in the company. The family is the wealthiest in India.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene is worth $13.4 billion and controls 25% of Heineken International. Heineken is the third largest brewery in the world. Charlene serves as the executive director at Heineken and is married to Michel de Carvalho, a financier. She attended Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar and got her law degree from the University of Leiden.
Sheryl Sandberg is 46 years old and worth $1.31 billion. She is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook as well as the founder of leanin.org. Before joining Facebook, she was the vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She was named one of the most influential people in 2012 by Time.
Tory Burch is 50 years old and worth $1 billion. She is a fashion designer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She is the CEO, chairman, and designer of Tory Burch LLC. Forbes listed her as one of the most powerful women in 2015. Tory went to the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in art history.
Caroline Hagen Kjos
Unlike many heiresses, Caroline jumped in and took over the family business, a budget grocery chain. At 32 years old the citizen of Norway is the chairman of the company, and owns over 97%, taking her net worth at $2.8 billion. She probably was prepping for the moment she would take over.
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Gina Rinehart is worth $6.06 billion and is the chairman of Hancock Prospecting. The company was founded by her father, Lang Hancock, and she inherited 76.6% of the company. Hancock Prospecting is an Australian mineral extraction and exploration company. It has the rights to some of the largest land leases in Western Australia.
At age 48 Dona has a net worth of $4.5 billion. This Swiss billionaire inherited her fortune when the family biotech business sold for $9 billion in 2007. She didn’t just sit back and watch the money pile up, Dona had her hand in the company as the Director of Public and Personal affairs. Since the company (Serano) sold, she started businesses of her own, and became the fastest woman to sail around the world in January 2016!
Chu Lam Yiu
Chu founded her flavor company in Hong Kong, selling her product for food and beverage flavoring, fragrances and cosmetics and more. After she took her company public her estimated net worth is $2.8 billion and growing. Only in her 40s, Chu has already achieved remarkable success.
Who hasn’t heard of eBay? After graduating from Princeton, Meg Whitman kicked off her career at P&G, Disney and Hasbro, before becoming President and CEO of eBay. There she oversaw the company grow from 30 employees to more than 15,000, and launched the business internationally. She’s now President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Chairwoman of HP inc. Although she wasn’t elected into office after campaigning to become Governor of California, her estimated net worth is set at $2.1 billion.
Do you Yahoo? Marissa Mayer hopes you do. The Standford graduate was the first female engineer at Google, before moving on to become the President and CEO of Yahoo. She’s led the company to meet milestones, including the acquisition of Tumblr (worth $1.1 billion). She was ranked sixth in Fortune’s 40 under 40 list in 2014, and 16th most powerful businesswoman in the world.
Daughter of Hansjorg Wyss, a Swiss billionaire and Founder of the Wyss Foundation, Amy is the heir of his fortune, and serves on the board of directors and trustees for several organizations and companies. With dual citizenship in both Switzerland and the U.S., Amy is on the billionaire’s list with an estimated worth of $1.8 billion.
Maggie gained her fortune from the lumber industry, learning and inheriting the family business from her father Joe Hardy, Founder of 84 Lumber. In 1992 she took over the business and grew their market by building relationships with Home Depot and Lowes. At 50 years old, Maggie is worth $1.8 billion.
Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala
Hailing from Mexico, Maria inherited a stake in her father’s hugely successful beer company, Grupo Modelo, who makes Corona beer. Way back in 1925, her grandfather co-founded the brewery, 50% of which was sold to beverage giant Anheuser-Busch in 2013 for $20.1 billion in cold hard cash. Maria currently has a net worth of $5.5 billion. Cheers to that.
Milane Duncan Frantz
Based in Houston, Texas, Milane’s father’s pipeline business owns nearly 49,000 miles of pipelines. She inherited a stake in the company he co-founded (Enterprise Products Partners) when her father passed away in 2010, bringing her net worth to $5.3 billion. Not everybody will live to see a billion dollars but if your parents did, your chances are higher.
Shari is the wealthiest woman in Israel, inheriting her wealth from her father’s cruise line business, Carnival Corp. She keeps her $3.9 billion intact by investing in companies who aim to protect the environment while giving back to nonprofit research organizations in education and health. She seems to have her priorities straight.
Tatiana struck gold twice, inheriting wealth from her family’s Colombian brewery business and marrying Andrea Casiraghi, eldest son to The Prince of Hanover, who is second in line to the throne in Monaco. At only 32 years old, Tatiana has a net worth of $2.4 billion and is the 847th most wealthy person in the world.
At 39 years old Charlotte boasts a net worth of $2.2 billion. She inherited her wealth from the business her grandfather founded in 1947, retailer H&M. Her father currently sits as chairman of H&M, and is the wealthiest person in Sweden, where she lives. And by the looks of it, her wealth should only continue to grow.
The German billionaire is one of eight children who inherited the family fortune, claiming $2.1 billion to her name. Her father and grandfather built the business in baking and pudding powders that have grown exponentially since its start in 1891. At 37 years old Julia and her siblings are in disagreement about the direction of the company and dividing the wealth, but as the 66th richest person in Germany, we’d say she’s doing OK.
Hailing from Norway, Katharina has a net worth of $1.25 billion at the young age of 21, placing her as the second-youngest billionaire in the world. Her father put 42% of the family business in her name (an investment company named Ferd) which had been a major player in the tobacco industry and sold for $480 million.
At 45 years old, Lee is the richest woman in South Korea, with a net worth of $1.9 billion. She’s the daughter of Lee Kun-Hee who owns the Samsung empire and is in the position to inherit the business alongside her siblings. She runs an upscale hotel chain called Hotel Shilla.
The founder and joint CEO of mega online gambling company Bet365 boasts a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s the 14th richest person in the UK, and owns and runs the company with her brother. Growing up around betting shops, Denise saw the opportunity to take the business online, which was widely successful and is now one of the largest online gambling companies in the world.
Born in a rural village in China, Gong Haiyan displayed her entrepreneurial skills from an early age, overcoming every hurdle life threw at her, including a tractor accident that severely damaged her leg and face as a young child. She never slowed down, launching an online dating service that became hugely successful. When she took her business to NASDAQ the company was worth $77 million.
Magdalena took her father’s position on the federal council of the government of Switzerland in 2004. The billionaire as a net worth of $3.7 billion and has previously worked in top management for Johnson & Johnson. She is currently the eighth most wealthy person of Switzerland.
Elizabeth Holmes is a 32-year-old who was once worth $4.5 billion. She dropped out of Stanford to start a blood testing company called Theranos when she was only 19. She used the money for her education to fund the company and made Forbes lists and headlines as a wealthy, self-made woman. Recently, however, she and her company have come under fire for their testing methods, and in a drastic reversal of fortune, her company’s valuation of an estimated $9 billion quickly dropped to $800 million. Although she has a 50% stake in the company, it doesn’t look like she’ll be left with much money after paying back investors, leading Forbes to downsize their approximation of her wealth from $4.5 billion to a flat $0 in 2016.
Chloe Green’s father Sir Philip Green is the chairman of the retail company Arcadia Group, which includes the popular British chain Topshop. Chloe’s father is worth an estimated $5.1 billion, so needless to say Miss Green is an heiress to quite a fortune. When she was just 22 years old, she dated then 45-year-old Marc Anthony and even met the children he had with Jennifer Lopez. She works within the fashion industry these days, which is most likely how she recently made headlines for canoodling with ex-felon-turned-model Jeremy Meeks, who is still married to the mother of his kids.
Virginie & Claire Courtin-Clarins
27-year-old Virginie and 26-year-old Claire are just one-half of the heiresses to the Clarins Cosmetics fortune. Their grandfather, Jacques Courtin-Clarins, founded the company in 1954 and was recently estimated to be worth $3.6 billion. Virginie and Claire are the daughters of Christian Courtin-Clarins and model Corrine Maine de Biran. Virginie has a degree in business and owns her own swimsuit line called Luz. Clair is an NYC-based artist who studied architecture and graphic design.
Prisca & Jenna Courtin Clarins
The other half of the Clarins fortune are twins Prisca and Jenna, the daughters of Olivier Courtin-Clarins and sculptor/model Anneli Courtin-Clarins. Jenna is a photography student in Paris, while Prisca co-owns The Nail Factory salons located throughout Paris. Since their fathers took ownership of the company, the family is worth a combined $2 billion. The Courtin-Clarins cousins have become worldwide Fashion Week staples and are brand ambassadors and shareholders for the family company.