The Youngest Female Billionaires On Earth
Picture a billionaire. You might be thinking of an older person in business attire. While that’s far from incorrect, it’s certainly limited considering the diversity on display in this article. From heiresses to entrepreneurs and self-made businesswomen, our collection is a crash course in the youngest female billionaires. It’s full of recognizable last names, legendary companies and world famous brands.
Of the roughly 1,500 billionaires across the globe, only around 10% of them are women. And of those women, an even smaller percentage are even close to being millennials. While younger billionaires typically come into wealth through inheritance, there are plenty of females featured here with fortunes they acquired themselves.
The variety in this article is unbelievable. Almost every aspect of society, government and business is represented through these incredibly impressive billionaires. The young women here are associated with politics, fashion, the entertainment industry, sports, philanthropy and corporate culture. The only thing crazier than how they came into or made their money, is how it’s spent. Make sure to read through to the end for some of the most controversial examples of how unpredictable billionaire status can truly be…
Amanda Hearst, $2 Billion
Amanda Hearst is the great-granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, an American businessman, politician and newspaper publisher whose life story is the subject of Orson Welles’ classic cinema masterpiece Citizen Kane. She is an Associate Market Editor at Marie Claire, an international monthly fashion magazine that is one of the most popular in the world. But that’s not all. She is also a socialite, activist, and fashion model who has been featured in Vanity Fair, and appeared on the covers of many major magazines like Town & Country and International Harper’s Bazaar. She founded the Friends of Finn, which works to put an end to the inhuman treatment of puppy mills and advocates for pet adoption.
The Clarins Sisters, $2.2 Billion
Claire, Virginie, Prisca and Jenna Courtin-Clarins are fashion royalty. Hailing from France, they are the granddaughters of the man who founded the Clarins skin care company. The women are also highly educated, exceptionally driven, and socially responsible. Claire studied architecture and graphic design, while Virginie decided on a business degree. Prisca is the owner of Nail Factory, the first American-style nail bar in Paris, and Jenna studied photography in college. Both are helping to rebrand their grandfather’s company. All four have been featured in publications like Vanity Fair and Vogue, and are staples in the fashion world. They also work with FEED Projects, a nonprofit organization that helps raise money for the United Nations World Food Program.
Ariana Rockefeller, $2.8 Billion
Ariana Rockefeller has her own fashion brand, which she named after herself. She also helped establish the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and is the grand-daughter of David Rockefeller, who was the grandson of America’s first billionaire, Oilman John D. Rockefeller.
The Fredriksen Twins, $9.7 Billion
Katherine and Cecilie Fredriksen are twins who are heavily involved in their father’s multi-billion dollar oil and shipping business. Their family has been named one of the richest in the U.K. The women grew up all over Europe, are highly educated and work in the fashion industry.
Anna Anissimova Schafer, $1.6 Billion
Anna Anissimova Schafer is a Russian heiress who has become one of the most well know socialites in the world. She is a former model who dabbles in real estate and has even tried acting. She’s appeared in the movies The Whistleblower, Father of Inventions and Flutter.
Dona Bertarelli, $4.7 Billion
Dona Bertarelli is the former executive director of public and professional affairs of her family’s biotech business, Serono. It was sold in 2007 for $9 billion. This Swiss businesswoman is the co-president of the Bertarelli Foundation, which specializes in marine conservation and life science research. She is also a decorated competitive sailor.
Tatiana Casiraghi, $2.2 Billion
Tatiana Casiraghi’s grandfather owned Columbia’s Bavaria brewery and eventually left her a large inheritance. Formerly Tatiana Santo Domingo, she is a socialite who married Andrea Casiraghi of Monaco’s royal family in 2013.
The Andresen Sisters, $1.47 Billion
Alexandra and Katharina Andresen inherited 42% stake of their family’s Norwegian investment company, Ferd, or “journey.” Neither sister works for the company, but both have made education a priority, with Alexenda, the eldest, spending most of her time with horses competing in the equestrian community.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot, $5.8 Billion
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is the granddaughter of André Besnier, the founder of the Besnier Group, a French dairy company. Her father, Michel Besnier, later served as the CEO of the company, which was eventually called Lactalis. At just 38, Marie and her brothers now own it. Located in Laval, it is best know for its Président brie cheese.
Hind Hariri, $1.1 Billion
Hind Hariri is a member of Lebanon’s richest family (her father was the Prime Minister) which holds stake in construction, banking and media. She graduated from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, and spends a lot of time in Paris due to her love of fashion. She is married with two kids.
Delphine Arnault, $4 Billion
Delphine Arnault is the Director and executive Vice President of the worldwide fashion brand Louis Vuitton. She was the first woman to join the Management board of LVMH. Delphine stays very busy working multiple companies and brands including Christian Dior Couture, Moet Hennessy, and 20th Century Fox. Her father is Bernard Arnault, who is worth $25 billion and is one of the richest men on the planet.
Holly Branson, $3.8 Billion
Holly Branson is the daughter of entrepreneur Richard Branson of the Virgin Group. She is a philanthropist and humanitarian who studied medicine at the University College London and then worked as a neurologist at Chelsea and Westminister Hospital.
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia, $19.6 Billion
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia is the daughter of Lakshmi Mittal, one of the richest people in the world. He is the chairman and C.E.O. of ArcelorMittal, a massive, global steel manufacturer. Vanisha’s outrageously expensive wedding, which lasted almost a week, to businessman Amit Bhatia, is consider one of the most extravagant ever and apparently cost somewhere between $60 million and $70 million.
Tamara Ecclestone, $4.2 Billion
Tamara Ecclestone is the daughter of the former F1 Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone. She is a British socialite who has presented sporting events, worked as a glamour model and reality television star. While her father is the billionaire in the family, she has done very well for herself with a net worth of $328 million, $7 million of which she was happy to spend on her lavish wedding. Keep reading to check out her sister…
Petra Ecclestone, $4.2 Billion
Petra Ecclestone, like the previous entry, is the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, the British business magnate. She was married to James Stunt, whose fortune was once rumored to be upwards of $5 billion. They were married in an elaborate ceremony in Italy at Rome’s Odescalchi Castle, where Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes. They had three children before divorcing in 2017.
Georgina Bloomberg, $51.8 Billion
Georgina Bloomberg is the daughter of the former mayor of New York City, businessman and author Michael Bloomberg. She is a philanthropist, author of several young adult novels, as well as a professional equestrian. Much of her philanthropic work revolves around horses and animal rights, from Rider’s Closet and Animal Aid U.S.A. to the Human Society of the United States, of which she is a founding member.
Anna Getty, $5 Billion
Anna Getty is a member of the world famous Getty oil family, which was just the subject of the feature film All the Money in the World. Anna is a prominent organic living aficionado, cookbook writer, actress and producer. She allegedly cut permanent ties to the U.S. in 2012 by renouncing her citizenship after moving with her husband and two children from Los Angeles to Italy a couple years before. This is believed to have happened for tax reasons.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra, $14.6 Billion
Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the highy educated, driven and exceptionally talented only child of Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technology, who is worth $14.6 billion. She is a Director on the Board of that company, and is the C.E.O. and Executive Director of the entire HCL Corporation, which is worth $7.5 billion. She is a trustee of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, and has her hands in countless ventures across a variety of organizations.
Dylan Lauren, $2 Billion
Dylan Lauren is the daughter of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren. She founded Dylan’s Candy Bar, a high-end candy emporium, in 2001. The company has expanded all across the country and has locations in places like Neiman Marcus and Yankee Stadium. She’s also a published author and philanthropist.
Sara Blakely, $1.14 Billion
Sara Blakely is best known for her worldwide shapewear brand Spanx. After graduating from Florida State University, she started her professional career as a door-to-door salesperson. She has been named by Time and Forbes as one of the most influential and powerful people in the world.
Dorothy Wang, $3.7 Billion
Dorothy Wang, former star of the E! Reality series Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, is a designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the daughter of self-made billionaire Roger Wang. She has a business and communications degree from a U.C. school and has created many affordable luxury brands.
Tory Burch, $1 Billion
Tory Burch is not only one of the richest women in the world, but also one of the most powerful. Her eponymous fashion line, which exploded after an endorsement from Oprah, is massively successful. In addition to her work as an award winning designer and businesswoman, she is also an active philanthropist.
Sheryl Sandberg, $1.6 Billion
Sheryl Sandberg is the C.O.O. of Facebook, and has been since 2008. Before that she was a V.P. at Google. When she’s not helping to innovate the technology industry, she works as an author, philanthropist and activist. She started the Lean In Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower women to achieve their ambitions.
Lynsi Snyder, $1.3 Billion
Lynsi Snyder is a businesswoman and philanthropist who is the owner and heiress of the West Coast-based burger chain In-N-Out. Once the second youngest female billionaire in America, she took over the title in 2016 after the then-top spot holder’s fortune went from $4.5 billion to zero. Stick around to the end to learn more…
Yvonne Bauer, $3.3 Billion
Yvonne Bauer is a German businesswoman who runs Bauer Media Group. As the fifth generation of her family to do so, she is responsible for overseeing its 600 magazines, 400 digital products and 100 radio and TV stations all across the globe. She studied at the University of Bamberg and places great importance on the freedom of the press.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, $5.3 Billion
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is one of the wealthiest women on the planet. She grew up in an orphanage and sold computer equipment before eventually becoming the chairwoman of the commodities giant Louis Dreyfus Holding. Born in Russia, but with Swiss nationality, she holds stake in the French soccer team Olympique Marseille.
Zhou Qunfei, $8.5 Billion
Zhou Qunfei spent her teenage years as a migrant worker but has gone on to become one of the richest self-made women in the world. She is the founder, C.E.O. and chairwoman of Lens Technology, which supplies smartphone touchscreens to Apple, Samsung, LG, Microsoft and Nokia. At one point, she was the richest woman in all of China.
Marta Ortega Perez, $1.5 Billion
Marta Ortega Perez is the daughter of Amacio Ortega, one of the richest people in the world worth a staggering $72.7 billion. His clothing company owns several international brands including Zara, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and Bershka. Marta is well-educated, having gone to the University of Coruna in Spain as well as the European Business School in London, England.
Charlotte Söderström, $1.57 Billion
Charlotte Söderström is the daughter of the richest man in Sweden, Stefan Persson, the chairman of H&M, of which she holds a stake. She also works with the company and runs her own stud farm. She lives in Stockholm and is married with three children.
Laurene Powell Jobs, $1.95 Billion
Laurene Powell Jobs was the wife of Apple’s Steve Jobs. She is very active in environmental conservation and especially education reform, as the founder of the Emerson Collective and the co-founder of College Track. She owns a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine and website, and has become a major philanthropist and influential investor.
Lee Seo-Hyun, $1.99 Billion
Lee Seo-Hyun took over Samsung C&T’s fashion division a few years ago and turned it around financially. Over a decade before, after graduating from New York’s Parsons School of Design, she began managing the group’s Cheil Industries
Jane Lauder, $2.5 Billion
Jane Lauder runs the the Clinique unit of her grandmother Estee Lauder’s eponymous beauty company. She graduated from Stanford and went on to manage the makeup brand Origins. She was once the youngest female billionaire in the U.S., and is still one of the youngest female billionaires in the world. And she has a sister…
Aerin Lauder, $2.6 Billion
Aerin Lauder’s grandparents co-foundered the Estee Launder cosmetics companies, of which she owns 16 million shares. She is a businesswoman who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to start her own lifestyle brand AERIN.
Susanne Klatten, $25.6 Billion
Susanne Klatten is Germany’s richest woman, and one of the richest people in the world. Along with her brother, she inherited almost half of the automaker BMW. She shares ownership of Altana AG, a world-class pharmaceutical/specialty chemical corporation. She also works with a variety of companies and organizations involved with wind power, soil additives, carbon and graphite production, and water technology.
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson, $19.8 Billion
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is one of the wealthiest and most powerful women is the world. She is the president and C.E.O of Fidelity Investments (FMR) and the chairwoman of Fidelity International (FIL). She is also a member of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), and is the first and only woman to serve on the board of the Financial Services Forum.
Allison Sarofim, $1.48 Billion
Allison Sarofim, a fashion-obsessed socialite, is the daughter of Fayez Sarofim, nicknamed “The Sphinx,” a wealthy investment manager. She is also an actress, producer and the founder of the independent film production company Sixty-Six Productions. Allison has been featured in a variety of notable publications including Vogue, Bazaar, Town and Country, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Alannah Weston, $8 Billion
Alannah Weston is a member of the Weston family, one of the wealthiest in Canada. She started her professional career as a journalist, working with The Daily Telegraph, Tatler and Vogue, before becoming the head of press for Burberry. Allison is currently the creative director of Selfridges, a British department store chain, which has been voted the World’s Best Department Store multiple times.
Ivanka Trump, $1.1 Billion
Ivanka Trump is the first daughter and a close advisor to President Donald Trump. She is a businesswoman, author, and former model who served as a judge on NBC’s hit reality show The Apprentice. Ivanka alone is worth $300 million, but along with her husband Jared Kushner’s $800 million fortune, she is a fitting addition to this list.
Athina Onassis, $1 Billion?
Athina Onassis is the granddaughter of Aristotle Onassis, who was worth billions. She inherited his fortune but has since fallen victim to what is known as the “Onassis curse,” which has plagued her family for generations. While her status as a billionaire is up for debate, she still has hundreds of millions to fall back on. Unfortunately, the next and final woman in this article isn’t as lucky…
Elizabeth Holmes, $0
Elizabeth Holmes was once the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, but not anymore. In 2003 she founded the blood-testing company Theranos, which was later the subject of multiple federal investigations after being hit with allegations that its products don’t work. This took her $4.5 billion fortune down to nothing.