These are the youngest female billionaires in the world. They range in age from 19 to over 50. Some of them made their fortune on their own, and others inherited the family business. Read on to learn just how these remarkable young women got their billions.
Holly Branson is worth $3.8 billion. Her father is entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. She went to medical school where she specialized in neurology. After school, she worked in the neurology department of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She also travels around the world doing humanitarian work.
When Lynsi Snyder turned 35 years old (on May 5 2017), she received the final portion of her inheritance: the In-N-Out Burger fortune. She now owns 97% of the fast food chain and is worth $1.3 billion. Snyder has led a difficult life despite her current riches, as her uncle was killed in a plane crash in 1993, and her father died of a drug overdose in 1999. Snyder was involved in a series of troubled marriages until she found religion and changed her ways after her last divorce.
Zhou Qunfei is 45 years old and worth $5.7 billion. She grew up in a poor family but became a successful entrepreneur. She founded the company Lens Technology, which makes touch screens. Her company supplies these screens to electronics companies such as Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. She is the richest woman in China.
Sandra Mera is 47 years old and worth $6.7 billion. The fourth richest person in the world is her father, Amancio Ortega Gaona. When her mother died, Sandra inherited her fortune as well as 89% holdings in her company, named Rosp Corunna. She also has a stake in her father’s company, Inditex, which is a clothing company.
Allison is worth $1.5 billion. Her father is Fayez Sarofim, who started the business Fayez Sarofim & Co. Her mother is the heiress to Brown & Root. She does have a brother she may split the fortune with, but there is plenty to go around between the two of them.
Yvonne Bauer is a 38-year-old who is worth $2.4 billion. She owns 600 magazines, 400 digital productions, and 50 radio and television stations across the world. Her company’s name is Bauer Media and it was founded in 1875. She is the fifth generation in her family to run the company.
Tamara Ecclestone is a 32-year-old heiress, socialite and television personality worth $3.6 billion. Her father is Bernie Ecclestone, a billionaire who is the chief executive of the Formula One Group. She worked as a presenter for Sky Sports Italia and has been involved in other racing productions. In 2013 Tamara made headlines of a different sort when it was revealed her ex-fiance had attempted to blackmail her for £200,000 for not selling her “intimate secrets” to the press. Derek Rose was convicted and sentenced to four years of jail time for the attempted blackmail.
Serra Sabanci is a 39-year-old worth $1.1 billion. She is a shareholder and board member of Sabanci Holdings, which is Turkey’s largest financial and industrial conglomerate. She is the 28th richest person in Turkey. She went to the University of Portsmouth and graduated with honors from the Department of Economics of Istanbul Bilgi University.
Laurene Powell Jobs is 51 years old and worth $20.4 billion. She was married to the late Steve Jobs. She received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Science from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. She went on to get her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She founded the Emerson Collective, which helps under-resourced students through entrepreneurship.
Charlotte Casiraghi is a 29-year-old model and is worth $5.7 billion. She is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and the Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi. Charlotte is eighth in line to the throne of Monaco. She received a philosophy degree from Sorbonne University is a decorated equestrian, and is also the face of Gucci. In 2013 she made headlines by having a son out of wedlock with famed French actor Gad Elmaleh, who is 16 years her senior. Sadly, though, there was no fairy-tale ending for this couple, as they abruptly split up two years later, with a source telling PEOPLE magazine “He wasn’t around enough – and she wanted a father for her son.”
Petra Stunt is the other daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Like her sister Tamara, she is also a socialite and model, as well as a fashion designer. She married billionaire businessman James Stunt in 2011 in a wedding that allegedly cost close to £12 million. Recently, the couple has made headlines for their real estate adventures, buying the former mansion of mega-producer Aaron Spelling and then listing it for $200 million. Like her sister Tamara, though, Petra has also had bad luck with some rather shady characters. In 2014 it was revealed that she had been conned out of £1.6 million by the person she had hired to help renovate the mansion. He was eventually sentenced to Yikes!
Abigail Johnson is 54 years old and worth $13.7 billion. She is the CEO and President of Fidelity Investments as well as the chairman of Fidelity International. Her grandfather founded Fidelity and is currently the chairman. Abigail has a 49% stake in the company. According to Forbes, she is the 19th most powerful woman in the world.
Ana is a 41-year-old who is worth $3.6 billion. Her great-grandfather founded Itau, which is one of the largest banks in Brazil. The bank merged with Unibanco and together they are known as Itau-Unibanco, the largest non-state bank in Latin America. She is the youngest female billionaire in Brazil so she is set for life.
Sara Blakely is a 45-year-old worth $1 billion. She founded the company Spanx, which makes intimate apparel, pants, and leggings. Time named her as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in 2012. Forbes has named her the 93rd most powerful woman in the world. With there being millions of people in the world, being the 93rd most powerful is amazing. The next billionaire is one of the youngest in the world.
Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, is worth $4.7 billion. She opened the largest candy shop in the world, called Dylan’s Candy Bar. While she chose not to follow in her father’s footsteps, she did let him design her wedding dress when she married Paul Arrouet in 2011. It looks like she would much rather bathe in candy than deal with clothes.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is a 52-year-old who is worth $8.7 billion. Her husband Robert (Julia’s second cousin) passed away and left her with Louis-Dreyfus, which is a French commodities giant. After selling part of the companies’ energy trading business, her personal stake increased. She also owns Olympique Marseille, a soccer giant.
Jane Lauder is 43 years old and worth $1.4 billion. She is the sister of Aerin. She is also heiress to the Estée Lauder cosmetics company and is the global president as well as the general manager of the Estée Lauder, Origins, Ojon, and Darphin brands. She owns 20 million shares in the company.
Perenna Kei is a 24-year-old who is worth $1.3 billion. She went to the University of London where she got her bachelor’s degree in economics and finance. She has an 85% holding in Logan Property Holding through companies located in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Logan Property sells high-end real estate in Shenzhen. She also has a family trust.
Aerin Lauder is 46 years old and is worth $1.85 billion. She is an heiress to the Estée Lauder line. She also has her own fashion, perfume, cosmetic, and furniture line named AERIN. When it comes to the Estée Lauder Company, she owns 16 million shares.
Susanne Klatten is 53 years old and worth $20.2 billion. She is the richest woman in Germany and inherited BMW after her parents passed away. She owns 50% of the company along with her brother. Along with BMW, she also inherited Atlanta AG, a pharmaceutical giant that she sold for $6 billion.
Alexandra Andresen is only 19 years old, making her the youngest female billionaire in the world. She is worth a staggering $1.2 billion and is the daughter of Johan H. Andresen Jr. He is a Norwegian industrialist who owns Ferd AS. He transferred 80% of his shares from Ferd Holding to his daughters.
Amanda Hearst is worth $8.7 billion and is the owner of the Hearst Corporation. It was originally founded by her great grandfather. She created an organization called Friends and Finn that prevents mistreatment of puppies in puppy mills. She works with non-profit organizations to promote a positive message about animal rights.
ang Huiyan is a 33-year-old who is worth $4.7 billion. Her father founded a company called Country Garden Holdings, which he transferred to her. She also has a hand in the Australian real estate developing business. The company also sold shares, raising $410 million. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and logistics from Ohio State University.
Lee Seo-Hyun is a 41-year-old who is worth $1.3 billion. She is the president of Cheil Industries, which is a textile manufacturer. Seo-Hyun expanded the company into fashion business and chemicals. She then bought Colombo Via Della Spiga. She also merged with Samsung SDI and Samsung Everland, making them the leading producer of energy storage solutions.
Athina Onassis is the last surviving descendant of infamous Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis, making her style-icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ granddaughter through marriage. She is estimated to have been worth as much as $5 billion at one point, after having famously received $800 million of her inheritance on her 18th birthday. In recent years, however, the heiress seems to have fallen on harder times and there is speculation that her fortune is swiftly dwindling between the expenses her extravagant lifestyle and her estimated $100 million in her divorce settlement to her philandering ex-husband. Even the media in her home country of Greece is speculating on the heiresses’ financial state, with one headline proclaiming “Athina Onassis May Not Be a Billionaires Anymore!” Ouch!
Marie Besnier Beauvalot is a 34-year-old who is worth $2.5 billion. She inherited a French dairy company called Lactalis. She and her two siblings own 100% of the company. They make Président brie cheese, which is what made the company popular. The company is based in Laval in western France.