Wealth, power and success has usually been a world that men seem to dominate, but as these wealthy women of 2012 show, the fairer sex have just as much drive and determination to make their mark in the world.
From heiresses to mining magnates, these women are not just moderately wealthy either – they are listed in the 2012 Forbes edition of the top female millionaires in the world.
What do these women have to teach those who have not yet made it big? And who exactly are these women?
The Richest Women Millionaires in the World
Starting with the first place position, we take a look at some of the top women millionaires around the world, as listed by Forbes for 2012.
Christy Walton, USA – $25.3 billion. Sitting at number 1 in the Forbes Wealthiest Women list, Christy received nearly $200 million in Wal-Mart dividends over the past six months, bringing stock value up by 16% in the same period.
Liliane Bettencourt, France – $24 billion. This L’Oreal cosmetics heiress is Europe’s richest women, but sadly suffers from dementia. A legal battle to transfer her fortune in the guardianship of her daughter Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers was finalised in 2011.
Alice Walton, USA – $23.3 billion. Another Wal-Mart billionaire, Alice opened her own art museum recently, featuring a number of priceless artworks from her private collection and the Walton Family Foundation.
Georgina Rinehart, Australia – $18 billion. This mining magnate doubled her worth, largely due to a deal that will give South Korean steel company Posco a 15% stake in her upcoming Roy Hill iron ore mine in Western Australia.
Iris Fontbona, Chile – $17.8 billion. While some may see marrying a millionaire such as the late Andronico Luksic as one of the easy ways to get rich, Iris has done a huge deal for charity over the years. This includes a 2011 donation of $3 million to aid Chileans living with disabilities.
What to Learn From These Women Millionaires
Considering that women have only been in the business world in the past 50 years or so, these achievements are much more notable than you would think at first glance. Even those who have inherited their fortunes have still played a strong role in CEO or senior positions within their family empires.
What can these rich women teach us about achieving success? Perhaps the biggest lesson is that it is no longer an excuse to believe that only men are able to top the Forbes lists each year. Even celebrities that have achieved overnight success, such as the Kardashians or former IT girl Paris Hilton have used their fame to grow their brand (and wealth) even further.
So perhaps what we can take from these inspiration women that represent power and success is that anything and everything is possible with the right attitude and plenty of motivation and drive. Without that, there would not be many wealthy women or men after all.