It’s been said that one of the best things about being a mom is the wealth of life experience and love that they feel. Sure, it can be challenging but seeing the smiles of those they love makes it all worthwhile. This is all fine and good, but what about monetary riches? As most moms can attest to, it’s almost impossible to maintain a proper career as a mom, let alone become rich. Well these five women beat that stereotype into the ground with gusto! We present: the 5 richest moms in the world.
5. Birgit Rausing
Once the wife of a massively successful man who owned Sweden’s most prominent packaging companies, Tetra Laval, Birgit and her children inherited the company after his passing in 2000. Birgit is a mother of three who went on to work in high roles within the company. Birgit is worth over $15.3 billion and continues to earn more as the company grows and expands with each passing year. As for her children, they all sit on the board of Terta Laval.
4. Susanne Klatten
Success seems to run in the family with Susanne Klatten. As it happens, she’s not only a billionaire mom herself but she also has a billionaire mother who happens to be another one of the richest moms in the world. Susanne inherited stake in BMW, a fairly large one at that. But it wasn’t all inherited. Susanne also controls Altana, a chemical manufacturer. Susanne also holds stock in Nordex AG, a powerful wind power company.
3. Iris Fontbana
Iris, like most women on this list, is sadly a widow. She inherited her fortune of $19.2 billion after her husband, Andronico Luksic died of cancer back in 2005. The fortune comes from controlling one of the world’s largest copper mines. The mine is a success and often raises in power. Fontbana runs the company along with her son who serves as the companys chairman and leading man.
2. Liliane Bettencourt
If you don’t know the name, you’re sure to know the brand. Bettencourts father was the founder and creator of the massive Loreal cosmetic conglomerate. Lilliane Bettencourt is worth a cool $23.5 billion. She is the heiress of the company and only has one daughter who is being groomed to take the helm when the time comes.
1. Christy Walton
And finally we come to the richest mom in the world. Christy Walton, yet another widow, inherited her fortune from her late husband John Walton who was the founder of, what else, but Walmart. Christy is reportedly worth $26.5 billion and is a philanthropist, using her money in ways that most people would agree counts best.