Richest Women By Region : Christy Walton, Wal-Mart Heiress And Richest Woman In America

Updated: November 2, 2014
Richest Women By Region : Women control $114.6 bn of personal wealth, Christy Walton richest

Richest Women By Region, Christy Walton, who inherited a portion of the Walmart fortune after her husband’s death in 2005, is the richest woman in North America and the world with an estimated net worth of $37.9 billion, according to a Wealth-X list of the wealthiest women in each region released today.

Taking second place on the Wealth-X list is Liliane Bettencourt, heiress of the French cosmetic giant L’Oreal, whose personal fortune of US$31.3 billion earns her the title of richest woman in Europe.

Collectively, the women on the Wealth-X list control US$114.6 billion of personal wealth.

The oldest female billionaire on the list is Bettencourt at 92 years of age, while the youngest is 33-year-old Yang Huiyan, whose father, Yang Guoquiang, transferred 70% of his shares in Country Garden Group, a Chinese real estate development firm, to her before its 2007 IPO.

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s three daughters – who, along with their brothers, have been on the receiving end of the asset transfer that Slim reportedly began in 2003 – emerged as the richest women in Latin America. Each of the three sisters is estimated to be worth US$6.3 billion.

Below are the names of the richest women in each region:

– Estimated Net Worth: $37.9

Christy Walton

Region: North America

– Estimated Net Worth: $31.3 billion

Liliane Bettencourt


– Estimated Net Worth: $14.8 billion

Gina Reinhart


– Estimated Net Worth: $6.3 billion each

Vanessa Paola Slim Hajj

Maria Soumaya Slim de Romero

Johanna Monique Slim Ayub

Latin America

– Estimated Net Worth: $6.3 billion

Yang Huiyan


– Estimated Net Worth: $4.2 billion

Shari Arison

Middle East

– Estimated Net Worth: $1.2 billion

Folorunsho Alakija


(**Pacific denotes Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands)