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Two Indians among world's richest women

March 07, 2014 09:06 IST

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It’s been a fantastic year for these women in business. A record number of 172 women have found a place in the Forbes list of 1,645 billionaires. 

Last year, there were only 138 women billionaires.

Two Indian women - Savitri Jindal and Indu Jain - have made it to the Forbes list of the world's billionaires.

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Image: Sheryl Sandberg, a self-made billionaire
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Savitri Jindal is the richest woman in India with a net worth of $4.9 billion.

Once Asia's richest woman Jindal, ranked 295 on the global list, has seen her fortune erode by $8.3 billion since 2011, amid continuing problems plaguing the O P Jindal Group, founded by her late husband.

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Indu Jain with a net worth of $2.3 billion is the second richest woman in India.

Indu Jain who chairs media conglomerate Bennett Coleman & Co, publisher of 13 newspapers and 18 magazines, was placed at the 764 rank globally.

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Of the 268 newcomers to the billionaire ranks, 42 are women. However, only five of them built their own fortunes as opposed to inheriting them from their parents or husbands.

These five women who made their own fortune include Sheryl Sandberg ($1.05 billion), Nigeria’s first female billionaire Folorunsho Alakija ($ 2.5 billion), UK's Denise Coates ($1.6 billion), Liu Xiaomeng ($1 billion) and Wang Laichun ($1 billion) Chairman of Shenzhen Luxshare Precision Industry Co Ltd. 

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Christy Walton has regained her title as the world’s richest woman.

Christy Walton

Rank: 1

Net worth: $36.7 billion

Christy Walton inherited her wealth after husband John Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, died in 2005.

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Liliane Bettencourt

Rank: 2

Net worth: $34.5 billion

Liliane Bettencourt is a French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and a philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L'Oreal.

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Alice Walton

Rank: 3

Net worth: $34.3 billion

Alice Walton, 62, is the youngest of the four children of Sam Walton and Helen Walton and one of the three surviving heirs to the world's biggest retail chain, Wal-Mart.

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Image: Wal-Mart Stores family members Jim Walton (L) and Alice Walton are introduced at the annual shareholders meeting for Wal-Mart in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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Jacqueline Badger Mars

Rank: 4

Net worth: $20 billion

Jacqueline Mars is one of three siblings of the late Forrest Mars. She and her two brothers, John and Forrest Jr., own $31.6 billion (sales) Mars, the world's largest candy company.

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Image: M&M's candies are seen at the production line of candy and chocolate maker Mars Chocolate France's plant in Haguenau, eastern France.
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Gina Rinehart

Rank: 5

Net worth: $17.7 billion

Australia’s richest person, Georgina Hope Rinehart is an Australian mining tycoon. She is the heiress of Hancock Prospecting and the daughter of the late Lang Hancock and Hope Margaret Nicholas.  

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Susanne Klatten

Rank: 6

Net worth: $17.4 billion

Germany’s richest woman Susanne Klatten inherited a 50 per cent stake in automaker BMW from late father Herbert Quandt.

She also inherited a 50 per cent stake in chemical manufacturer Altana.

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Abigail Johnson

Rank: 7

Net worth: $17.3 billion

Country: United States

Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is President of Fidelity Investments Personal and Workplace Investing. Fidelity is led by her father, Edward C. (Ned) Johnson III.

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Anne Cox Chambers

Rank: 8

Net worth: $15.5 billion

The oldest woman billionaire Anne Beau Cox Chambers, 94, is the primary owner of Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable television, and other businesses. 

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Laurene Powell Jobs

Rank: 9

Net worth: $14 billion

Laurene Powell Jobs is an American business executive, co-founder and President of the Board of College Track, and widow of Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Inc. 

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Johanna Quandt

Rank: 10

Net worth: $12.8 billion 

Johanna Quandt is the widow of industrialist Herbert Quandt.

Johanna Bruhn became a secretary in Herbert's office in the 1950s and eventually became his personal assistant.

She married Herbert in 1960. After his demise,  she became as a major shareholder in BMW.

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