The U.S. can confidently be regarded as a nation where women are successfully running the business, with several millions of strong and wealthy ladies contributing to the states’ economic wealth. Being recognized as a rich woman in America is quite an ambitious responsibility, given that the bare minimum you should own is $250 million, be those individual assets or investments in public companies. Classifications differ from each other, and the ones with the stricter rules list only the women whose wealth is a result of their own struggles.
Interestingly, 20 of the 50 richest women in the States belong from California, with the remaining 30 including also ladies whose origins are not American. Most of them are successful investors, contractors, or operate in the technology industry, six of which are currently served as executives of leading Silicon Valley companies (including Google). Some of these ladies also built their own mega-successful businesses and transformed them into money-making devices.
The 2021 US-wealthiest list pulls through with little to no changes. The list of top 10 richest ladies in one of the World’s leading economies remains indistinguishable as in 2019 and mentions names that can also be seen on international fortune compilations that combine both genders. As expected, the list of the top 10 richest women in America in 2021 is quite varied and includes both self-made billionaires and heirs of prominent companies and jaw-dropping wealth to combine a total net worth over $100 billion.
Facts About Richest Women in America
- 36% of billionaires’ women are younger than 40, and self-pride themselves with self-made fortunes.
- 10 female billionaires worldwide inherited wealth in the technology sector. More than 98% of billionaires in this branch are men.
- Almost $365 billion is the total net worth of New York, the world’s richest capital for several decades in a row, and home of many female billionaires.
- $46 million is the total lobbying amount invested in the latest US presidential campaign, both by, male and female billionaires
- 5 out of 10 richest women in the United States were also ranked among the most powerful women of 2017.
- 3 out of 10 ladies underwent a scandalous legal investigation on tax evasion and discrimination issues. None of them was found guilty.
- 27 is the age of youngest female US billionaire on the Forbes list, which is the popular singer, Taylor Swift.
10 Richest Women in America
The following are the latest list of top 10 Richest women in America,
1. Alice Walton
- Net worth: 61.8 billion USD
Alice Walton is the richest woman in America in 2021. Once again, the absolute leader is the inheritress to Walmart Stores, Inc., whose net worth is an incredible 61.8 billion USD.
According to Forbes, Walton is also the richest woman in the world after taking the late Liliane Bettencourt spot in September last year. Walmart has three brothers who also seemed on the list of richest people in the world, namely Jim Walton, S.Robson Walton, and now late John R. Walton. Despite being the only woman among the inheritors of an enormous money-making machine, Alice Walton had an active part in sustaining and improving the family’s wealth and did so while growing a career as an investment banker.
Alice started her career as a financial analyst and then manager at First Commerce Corporation and was then elected head of investment activities at the Arvest Bank Group. E.F.Hutton appointed her as a chief broker, a position she left in 1998 to establish her own company Llama – an investment bank where she served as a C.E.O. and chairwoman. She also administered the Northwest Arkansas Council, where she made an exceptional contribution of $79.5 million to the regional airport’s development and consequently got a terminal named Alice L. Walton Terminal Building. In 2001, her name was reckoned to Arkansas’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Alice Walton is also well-known for her art-collecting enthusiasm. She is the happy owner of Picasso’s best-known reproduction Blue Nude and Asher Brown Durand’s Kindred Spirits; both obtained at a price higher than $30 million. Her favorite artists are Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, and Edward Hopper. For a while, Walton was also politically engaged – she made one of the most enormous contributions to the U.S. presidential elections of 2004. She actively participated in raising funds for Restore Our Future and The Hillary Victory Fund.
2. Jacqueline Mars
- Net worth: 28.9 billion USD
The second spot among the ten richest U.S. women belongs to Jacqueline Mars, an 81-years old inheritress and influential investor recognized everywhere in the world. Mrs. Mars received the shares of her family business Mars, Inc. (a confectionery company) and became the 2nd richest woman in America the worth 28.9 billion USD. In its brightest years, Mars, Inc. was an acknowledged leader in its industry but got surpassed by Walmart in 1988.
As reported by Forbes and Ranker.com, Mars also made its place in the list of 30 Richest People in the world for 2017. Jacqueline made her career administering the family business together with her sister Victoria B.Mars and rejected the idea of working in anthropology. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College. She has never been politically determined, but her family spent significant amounts on lobbying activities in Congress in order to reduce estate taxes.
Jacqueline’s first husband was David H. Badger, with whom she had three children (Alexandra Badger, Stephen M. Badger, and Christa Badger). The couple divorced in 1984, after which Jacqueline married Swiss writer Hank Vogel. The marriage continued until 1994.
3. Laurene Powell Jobs
- Net worth: 21.7 billion USD
Third on the list is 57-years old Laurene Powell Jobs, best recognized to the public as the widow of late businessman Steve Jobs with a wealth of 21.7 billion USD. She is a successful executive and very prosperous businesswoman who co-founded the Board of College Track and independently established Emerson Collective Advocacy specializing in education and immigration reform. Before that, she graduated in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences; and obtained an M.B.A. in Stanford Graduate School of Business. She married Steve Jobs in 1991, with whom she has three children: Reed, Erin, and Eve.
Laurene’s wealth derives, other than her own investments, from the inherited 38.5 million Apple Shares, the Steven P. Jobs Trust, and the 7.3% stake in The Walt Disney Company. These shares made her the richest woman in the technology division worldwide. Meanwhile, she started her own natural foods company called Terravera and spent several years serving as a trading specialist at Goldman Sachs. Mrs. Powell Jobs is also a dedicated philanthropist involved in various education improvement projects. She invested over $500 million, established a number of college funds, and currently chairs the Council of Foreign Relations advisory board at Stanford University. In 2014, Forbes placed her among the 30 most powerful women in the world.
4. Abigail Johnson
- Net worth: 15 billion USD
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is the fourth woman on our top 10 list. She is the chief executive officer of Fidelity Investments (FMR) and the media’s favorite businesswoman. The company was founded by Edward C. Johnson II, her grandfather, and currently controlled by her father Edward C. “Ned” Johnson III. Abby has a company of her own – Fidelity International (F.I.L.), which made her an immense fortune of 15 billion USD. At the moment, she is also placed among the richest female entrepreneurs in the world.
Abigail prides herself with a membership at the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation and the Board of Directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), which makes her the only woman actively engaging in the Financial Services Forum. She was also listed among the most powerful women in the World many times, including in 2016. She holds a degree in Art History since 1984. Othe details on her private life are not available in public.
5. Blair Parry-Okeden
- Net worth: 8.2 billion USD
Blair Parry-Okeden has 25% of the shares at her grandfather’s media company Cox Enterprises. The inheritress has capital estimated at 8.2 billion USD, but she has no influential role in Cox Enterprises. The current chairman of the company is her brother James C. Kennedy.
Blair is married to Simon Parry-Okeden, with whom she has two sons – Andrew and Harry. The family lives in Rockview Station, Australia, since 1970.
Mrs. Okeden is also involved in several philanthropic activities, including nonprofits, age care centers, schools, and education development programs. An interesting fact is that Blair published her own children’s book called Down By the Gate. The current worth of her media and automotive company is $20.1 billion.
6. Diane Hendricks
- Net Worth: 8 billion USD
Ken Hendricks’s widow and well-recognized film producer Diane Hendricks also get a place on this list, with an approximated fortune of 8 billion USD. She was born and raised in a dairy producing family in Wisconsin, Diane determined to pursue a profession in real estate and skipped college instead. She met Ken while he was working as a roofing contractor, and their professional collaboration ended up in a long and successful marriage with seven children. The couple founded the roofing company A.B.C. supply, which soon turned into a large private conglomerate and one of today’s best-known commercial construction companies. Following Ken Hendricks’ death in 2007, Diane became the sole owner and chairperson of Hendricks Holding.
Diane Hendricks is also famous for charity work, as she is the main donor of WisconsinEye and Rock County. She led Beloit Memorial Hospital, Forward Janesville, Blackhawk Bank, and the Stateline Boys & Girls Club for a certain period of time. She also helped the governor campaigns of Scott Walker and Paul Ryan in the period 2012-2014 and served as an economic adviser for U.S.’s current president Donald Trump. She is best recognized to the public for having produced three successful movies – The Stoning of Soraya M., An American Carol, and Snowman.
7. Christy Walton
- Net Worth: 7.2 billion USD
As we move ahead of our list, we come across a familiar Walmart inheritress. Christy Rush Walton is the widow of John Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, who established and ran Walmart. Her exact net worth is not known to the public, but it is considered she owns over 7.2 billion USD. Her wealth, however, is not solely based on her shares in Walmart – she also receives from her husband’s investment in First Solar. The couple has only one son named Lucas Walton.
Christy Walton is connected in many philanthropic activities and serves actively in successful nonprofits such as the national association of trustees and staff and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Meanwhile, she founded her own charitable foundation (Walton Family Charitable Support) and has granted over $1.6 million in education improvement. Another interesting fact is that the family owns a production company Tenaja Productions, and has financed Bless Me’s film adaptation in 2013.
8. Marian Ilitch
- Net worth: 4.1 billion USD
Position number 8 goes to lady Marian Ilitch, founder of Little Caesars Pizza, and owner of the large family business Ilitch Holdings. The Michigan-born wealthy with Macedonian origins married Mike Ilitch in 1954, and the couple established a small and local restaurant that has grown as one of the largest American franchises. After her husband’s death, Marian and her seven children inherited a sales chain of nearly $5 billion, which made her one of the richest businesswomen in the States and Worldwide with a current net worth of 4.1 billion USD. Beside their chair of restaurants, the family finances in sports, gaming, and entertainment.
Ilitch is also the primary investor in Detroit’s most significant and best-known casino MotorCity, which is reportedly the world’s most successful gaming business owned and directed by a woman. Much of her income arises from minor investments in coast-to-coast gaming venues for federally recognized American tribes. Marian and her partner Michael J. Malik are official stakeholders in New York’s Shinnecock Indian Nation, Barwest, LLC. in California, and Little River Casino Resort in Michigan. Marian also has a baseball team Detroit Tigers and has created one of the best-equipped baseball stadiums in the States called Comerica Park. She also runs a dedicated fundraising program called Love Kitchen, which aims to help disaster victims across the State, a good deed that several American presidents have recognized. According to the report by Forbes, Marian is also an active contributor to many Detroit charity groups.
9. Diane Kemper
- Net worth: 3 billion USD
In the number 9 spot, we have got billionaire Diane Goldman Kemper. Mrs. Kemper is recognized to the public as a successful real estate investor and leading stakeholder in her family’s business. She and her three siblings Allan, Jame, and Amy, received one of the largest real estate portfolios in the States and own investments in over 1900 residential and commercial properties in New York. Her net worth for 2017 was determined to 3 billion USD, and the list of leading rentals got enhanced by retail and office space on Madison Avenue and several Upper East Side coops.
Diane managed the residential leasing department in the company together with her sister but gave up on the position a few years ago due to serious health problems. She has no vital role in the department at this point but maintains a significant 17% stake in the World Trade Center developments. Both she and her siblings engage actively in charitable and fundraising activities.
10. Jin Sook Chang
- Net worth: 1.5 billion USD
Jin Sook Chang has another thriving American dream story to tell. As a young Korean emigrant, she came to the States with big plans and a comparatively restricted budget to make them work. Yet, she did not give up – Jin got employed as a hair-dresser, and she and her husband succeeded in saving $11.000 for their first clothing store. The very same venue is nowadays one of America’s best-known retail brands Forever 21. The current net worth of these self-made billionaires is 1.5 billion USD.
The role of Chang in the company is a chief merchandising officer, where she is actively assisted by her two daughters Linda and Esther. At the moment, they own over 800 stores in 48 different countries and gives jobs for 43,000 people. Earlier in 2017, the family got involved in a discrimination scandal and sued for prohibiting employees from using languages other than English, but all charges were dropped. The family is participating actively in various fundraising activities and charity groups.
All these above riches women in America are the best example of the inspiration for many of us who want to be successful in their fiEld. They are playing their part to make the country one of the top countries in the world by rising the economy.