L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt named 2017’s world’s richest woman

L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt named 2017’s world’s richest woman

L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt has been named the world’s richest woman in 2017 by Forbes. Bettencourt, who together with her children owns a third of the French beauty giant, controls an estimated wealth of US$40.7 billion.

An all-time high of 2,043 made Forbes’ 30th billionaire list; 227 of them were women – or 11 percent – with the majority inheriting their wealth. However, the proportion of self-made women on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List has almost tripled in the last 10 years, to stand at 2.7 percent this year.

One of them is Hong Kong-based Zhou Qunfei, who made her US$7.4 billion fortune via her self-made watch-lens business. She is now ranked as the 17th richest woman in the world.  

 

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