If you've read our articles on the Forbes' World's Billionaires List 2021 highlighting the richest Asians in the world as well as the youngest billionaires, you'll notice one thing: they're all men. But that doesn't mean that women don't have fortunes worth a billion.
This year's richest list features 328 women, which is up from 241 last year. Women as a whole are worth US$1.53 trillion which is nearly a 60 per cent increase over the past year, adding US$570.7 billion to their wealth.
While the 31-year-old Bumble co-founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd, didn't make it to the top 10 of the overall richest women list, she became the world's youngest self-made woman billionaire when she took the matchmaking app public. Curious to know who else made it to the list? Read on to find out the richest women in the world in 2021.
1. Françoise Bettencourt Meyers
Bettencourt Meyers is the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt and Eugene Schueller, the latter founded the cosmetics brand, L'Oréal. She inherited her wealth from her late mother.
While the cosmetic giant's profits fell six per cent in 2020 due to the pandemic, the stock still rose to 38 per cent a year after. The French billionaire has served on the board of L’Oréal since 1997. She donated US$266 million to repair Notre Dame in Paris after a fire severely damaged it.
Net worth: US$73.6 billion