Do you think that rich women have worked hard to make large fortunes? In some cases, rich women didn’t need to work at all in their life as they inherited their wealth form their families or their spouses who died. More specifically, only 11 of the 56 women in the Forbes 400 list for 2020 are self-employed, meaning they built their fortune on their own or with their husbands. The other 45 inherited their wealth from their family members or their husbands after their death.
So, in the Forbes 400 list for 2020, there are the nine richest women in the USA. But these women are not self-made. Let us introduce you to these nine women.
- Alice Walton
Fortune: $62.3 billion
She was born on the 7th of October in 1949 and is the heiress to the fortune of Walmart. Alice Walton has a great interest in art. In fact, her interest in art led to the Walton Family Foundation developing the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
- Mackenzie Scott
Fortune: $57 billion
She was born on the 7th of April in 1970. Mackenzie Scott changed her name from Bezos in July. She was married to Jeff Bezos for 26 years. She has dedicated her life to charity. In May 2019, she signed Giving Pledge, promising to donate at least half of her fortune to charity. In June, she announced she had donated nearly 1.7 billion dollars to non-profit organizations that cope with issues like racial and gender inequality, including Morehouse College and the National Women’s Law Center.
- Julia Koch
Fortune: $45 billion
She was born in 1963. Julia Koch and her three children inherited a 42% stake in Koch industries from her husband David, who died in 2019 at age 79. The richest woman in New York City was in isolation on her 27 million dollars Southampton estate during the pandemic.
- Jacqueline Mars
Fortune: $29 billion
She was born in 1939. She is the daughter of Audrey Ruth (Meyer) and Forrest Mars and granddaughter of Frank C. Mars, founders of the American candy company Mars. She was married twice and divorced both times. She has three children- two girls and one boy- from her first marriage.
- Laurene Powel Jobs
Fortune: $16 billion
She was born in 1963. She was married to Steve Jobs. Laurene Powel Jobs is the founder of Emerson Collective, an organization with philanthropic activities. Powell Jobs inherited the Steven P. Jobs Trust, which as of May 2013 had a 7.3% stake in The Walt Disney Company worth approximately 11.1 billion dollars and 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc.
- Abigail Johnson
Fortune: $15 billion
She is 58 years old. Since 2014, Johnson has been president and chief executive officer of American investment firm Fidelity Investments and chairman of its international sister company Fidelity International. In November 2016, Johnson was named chairman and will remain CEO and president, giving her full control of Fidelity with 45,000 employees worldwide. She is also the richest person in Massachusetts.
- Ann Walton Kroenke
Fortune: $8.4 billion
She was born in 1948. Ann Walton Kroenke, the eldest daughter of Bud Walton (brother of Walmart founder Sam Walton) inherited her stake in the retail company when her father died in 1995. Her husband is Stan Kroenke and they have two children.
- Blair Parry – Okeden
Fortune: $8.2 billion
Blair Parry-Okeden is an heiress to the Cox Enterprises. She was born in 1950 in Honolulu where she was educated there at La Pietra: Hawaii School for Girls. This school was founded by her mother, Barbara Cox Anthony. Blair Parry-Okeden has two sons, Andrew and Henry, with her ex-husband Simon Parry-Okeden.
- Nancy Walton Laurie.
Fortune: $7.5 billion
She was born on May 15, 1951. She is the youngest daughter of the late Bud Walton. The brother and business partner of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Nancy Walton Laurie and her husband, Bill Laurie, have the Providence Bank of Missouri. She also inherited a portion of Walmart shares.