Women have come a long way in the world. We fought for our right to vote, we are holding coveted positions in ‘men only ‘industries and we make big money. Here is a list of the 10 richest women in the USA for 2011. Ladies who made it on their own (even though marrying into it is ok too), my hat’s off to you for a job well done!
Christy Walton- Christy is worth over $20 billion which she got mainly from her income from Walmart. She’s the widow of John Walton who is the son of Wal-Mart’s founder Sam Walton. Christy is known to be America’s meanest billionaire because she has not agreed to give half of her fortune to certain charities upon her death (the way that Bill Gates and other wealthy Americans are). In her defense however, it is her money and she can do whatever she wants with it and she already donates through several charities of her choice.
Alice Walton- The daughter of Sam Walton (the Walmart man himself) and is worth$17.6 billion. Alice works with several foundations to support causes and entities that she believes in, including the Walton Family Foundation and The Crystal Bridges Musiem of American Art.
Abigail Johnson- Worth $10 billion which she made while working for Fidelity Investments of which she’s the president. Although her father is the owner Fidelity Investments she had to work her way up to her current position.
Anne Cox Chambers- Worth $9 billion which she got mainly from her media/ entertainment enterprises, including 17 newspapers, 15 tv stations and 80 radio stations. Anne supports a series of educational and cultural charities nationwide.
Jacqueline Mars- Worth $9 billion which she got from her candy and pet food empires, including Mars bar, M&M, Snickers, Whiskas and Pedigree. Jacqueline’s grandfather was the original founder of Mars.
Pauline MacMillan Keinath- Pauline is worth $3.6 billion which she inherited from a family owned agricultural company called Cargill Inc.
Marion MacMillan Keinath- Also worth $3.6 billion which she inherited from a family owned agricultural company called Cargill Inc.
Oprah Winfrey- Did you not expect to see her on this list? Oprah’s worth $2.7 which she made from her work on her tv show , ‘The Oprah Show’and her magazine, ‘O’.
Barbara Piasecka Johnson- Worth $2.6 billion which she got from her husband John of Johnson & Johnson. You may remember Barbara from a scandal that happened a few years back. Barbara had an affair with John Seward Johnson who was the son of one of the co-founders of Johnson & Johnson. None of the children attended the wedding and later on claimed that she was abusive to their father. Upon his death, John left everything to his wife and the kids sued (and won 12%) on the grounds that their father was incompetent at the time of his will signing. As a woman, I’m not to proud of having Barbara on this list.
Ann Walton Kroenke- Worth $2.6 billion which she also got from her Wal-Mart inheritance. If she ever loses this fortune, she’ll still be in great shape because her husband owns all sorts of real estate and sports teams.
Some of these women made their fortune on their own, some married into money and others inherited it. Lessons that you can learn from them are to go after the money and be nice to your family so that you can get a piece of the action too.
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