They have it all. They are beautiful, charismatic, and some are very famous. But one thing they all have in common is that they are among an elite group of billionaires....female billionaires, to be precise.
While there are few billionaires in the world and even fewer women who can claim such a title, these great businesswomen and media personalities have achieved extraordinary things- be it through self-made endeavor or by playing a significant role in the success of the family business. Here, we look at a select group of female billionaires that lead the dream life.
1. Tamara Ecclestone
Model, socialite and TV personality, Tamara Ecclestone is the heiress to the fortune of her father, Formula 1 owner, Bernie Ecclestone, who made his billions buying the early television rights to the motorsport in the late 70s.
Now famed as much for his marriages to supermodels as he is for his contribution to the commercial growth of motorsport, both his daughters are notoriously spoilt, but are billionaires nonetheless, with Tamara, one of Chelsea's most famous residents, worth a cool $4b.
2. Georgina Bloomberg
Georgina Bloomberg's surname is one of the most recognizable in America and certainly in the world of business. Georgina's father is Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg founder and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
Continuing the family tradition of excellence, the daughter of one of America's greatest ever businessmen is a dedicated philanthropist and author of a series of critically acclaimed young adult novels. If that wasn't impressive enough, Georgina is also a professional equestrian. Horses are a strong part of her life. As well as riding them professionally, Georgina also works for them and donates to Rider’s Closet and Animal Aid U.S.A. while also being a founding member of the Human Society of the United States.
3. Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco
Monaco is a principality weighted with wealth and prestige, and one of its most famous residents is the breathtakingly beautiful princess Charlotte Casiraghi, heir to her family's $5.7bn fortune. Going by the official title, Princess Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco, the stunner, who also has French, American, Italian, English, German, Mexican, Irish and Swedish ancestry, is eighth in line to the Monegasque throne and is a household name in her native France.
What's more, Charlotte became the first woman to model for Gucci's cosmetic range, and with a face like hers, that's hardly surprising. A fan of sports, she is also a keen horse rider but maintains a girly love for all things fashion, something recognised by Vanity Fair who included Charlotte in their 2016 International Best Dressed list.
4. Oprah Winfrey
Born into a single parent household in rural Mississippi, Winfrey was initially raised by her teenage mother, but after her father, Vernon Winfrey, took her into his Nashville home, Oprah's life began to look up. By her admissions, her father was a strict disciplinarian, but from his guidance, his daughter developed a love for learning, which would lead to Tennesse University offering her a scholarship.
Years later, and after doing the rounds as a local news anchor, Oprah hit the big time when AM Chicago gave the-then 28-year-old her first talk show. Today, and with her very own network following the mega-success of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the 61-year old is now worth $3 billion.
5. Lynsi Torres
The heiress to the In-N-Out Burger fortune, Lynsi sits on the board and is the majority owner of the fast-food chain.
As the president of the food chain and its majority shareholder Torres is worth $1.1 billion, and at just 35, is set to be the sole owner. However, because of the multiple kidnapping attempts on her life, Torres is rarely seen in public.
6. Ana Lucia de Mattos Barretto Villela
With her grandfather establishing one of the largest banks in Brazil, it eventually became a publicly traded company when it merged with a competitor.
Vilela owns a substantial amount of shares in a holding company that controls Unibanco Holding S.A., one of Brazil's most profitable banks.
7. Yvonne Bauer
Heiress to Europe's largest magazine publisher, Bauer started as a print shop in Hamburg, Germany in 1865 and is now one of the biggest media empires in the world.
As one of the foremost publishing companies, Bauer's family media group own around 600 magazines, 400 digital publications and 100 television and radio stations that air around the globe. But Yvonne isn't just riding high on the coattails of her family empire. Proving she has serious smarts, Bauer graduated with a degree in German philology.
8. Lee Seo-Hyun
Daughter of Samsung's chairman and head of its fashion division, she only has a 5.5% share in the company, but this is more than enough to make her a billionaire.
Often looking every inch the powerhouse, Seo-Hyun makes various public appearances, regularly wowing onlookers with her signature good looks as well as her business prowess.
9. Elizabeth Holmes
A Stanford University sophomore, Elizabeth dropped out to start a company that made a blood testing kit with just the prick of a needle. After extensive media coverage, the company's value skyrocketed to $9 billion. Because of her 50% stake in the company, at only 31, Holmes became the youngest female self-made billionaire until it all came crashing down.
Today, Holmes is under federal investigation after exaggerating the success of her blood-testing kits. Many have claimed that it doesn't work at all. Her net worth has since dropped to $0.
10. Perenna Kei
With a degree in economics and finance from the University of London, Perenna holds an 85% stake in the real estate company Logan Property Holdings.
She is also in line to inherit her father's share of the company and portfolio alongside a family trust and other assets.
11. Priscilla Chan
Having known each other since their Harvard days, it's fair to say that Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social media bemouth Facebook, share a genuine bond. The shy billionaire, who become one of the youngest self-made billionaires in the world when Facebook's popularity grew, managed to convince Priscilla he was serious about seeing her when he told her that “[he’d] rather be on a date with her than finish his midterm.”
The couple married in a low-key ceremony in 2012, automatically making Chan one of the wealthiest women in the world.
12. Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene was approached by a young Steve in one of her classes when the two were students at Stanford. It must have been good wooing from Steve as the two were married in 1991 and would go on to have three children together. In due course, Laurene saw Jobs's career go from catastrophic highs to even bigger lows but always stood by her husband, even after his dismissal from his own company, Apple, in 1985.
Sadly, Jobs passed away from cancer in 2012. Most of Job's wealth is thought to have been passed down to Laurene.
13. Lucy Southworth
One-half of Google's brains, Larry Page has seen his search engine which began in the humble setting of his garage, turn into the world's most visited website. In time, a $30 billion fortune also followed, but Page seems richer because of his beautiful and intelligent wife, Lucy Southworth.
The blonde beauty graduated from Oxford University and is currently studying for a doctorate in biomedical informatics at Stanford University. The couple had dated for two years before they tied the knot in a small ceremony on Richard Branson's exotic Necker Island in 2007.
14. Fabiana Flosi
As the owner and CEO of Formula One, Bernie, 81, isn't short of cash, and over the years has accumulated a $4 billion fortune. However, the motorsport mogul saw a large chunk of his wealth decrease due to his divorce from his first wife, Slavica Ecclestone.
Nevertheless, he moved on quickly, and since 2012, has called the stunning Brazilian Fabiana Flosi his wife.
15. Jerry Hall
Perhaps one of the most influential couples in the world, eyebrows were hunched when the former wife of Rolling Stones frontmen Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall (left), tied the knot with ruthless businessman, Rupert Murdoch.
The Australian media mogul, who has an estimated net worth of $12.4 billion, married Jerry in 2016. She is 26 years his junior.
16. Melinda Gates
Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have long been seen as one of the world's power couples, but their sincerity and unassuming personalities suggest that any title with the word 'power' in it would be readily dismissed.
However you view them, the two have been instrumental in their philanthropic endeavours, and have donated over $28 billion to their personal foundation. Melinda, who holds a degree in computer science and economics, met Bill while working as a programmer at Microsoft. They have been married since 1994.
17. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek's career in Hollywood has been incredibly successful, but her inclusion on this list hasn't come from billion-dollar film cheques. Instead, most of her wealth is now tied up in her marriage to the French businessman Francis Pinault.
The shrewd entrepreneur's wealth comes mainly from his luxury good company 'PPR,' which owns famous brands like Gucci and Balenciaga.
18. Susan Dell
Susan Dell is married to Dell Computer founder, Michael Dell. They have been married since 1989 and have four children together at their family home in Austin, Texas.
Together, they set up the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, which has donated over $650 million over the years for the development of education and health for underprivileged children.
19. Yang Huiyan
Her father transferred his company Country Garden Holdings, to her in 2007 and she now sits on the board’s governance committee and is vice chairman.
A real estate developer with assets in China and Australia, Yang was the richest women in China by the age of 26.
20. Melania Trump
Before Donald Trump shocked the world by winning the 2017 presidential election with the gorgeous Melania by his side, the 71-year-old was a reality TV star and socialite who had gone through three divorces before he found love again with the Slovakian model, Melania Knauss.
Married since 2005, the most powerful couple in the world would appear to be happily in love, though rumors have circulated that they sometimes sleep in separate bedrooms.
21. Suzan Sabancı Dinçer
A shareholder and board member of Turkey’s largest industrial and financial conglomerate Sabanci holdings. Serra took her father's shares when he was gunned down in 1996.
As one of Turkey's most profitable companies, Sabanci Holding has spawned a $1.1 billion net worth for Sabanci owing to her shareholder status and role on the board. But she is far from reaping the rewards of nepotism. While most of her wealth is from her father, she is well versed in dealing with the commerce of her company having graduated with a degree in economics at Portsmouth University,
22. J.K. Rowling
The most famous living author became the first writer to accumulate wealth beyond a billion dollars when her seven Harry Potter novels were turned into films. However, Rowling struggled to get published when she completed the first draft of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", and when a publishing house finally accepted her at the 12th time of asking, the Scottish writer was told that there was little money in children's books.
Years later, Rowling's last four books in the series became the fastest-selling novels of all time and gave the writer sales of well over 500m. Most recently, Rowling also broke another record when the script of the sold-out stage play 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' became the fastest selling script of all time. In the US and Canada alone, the play sold over 2m copies on its first day of release.
While Rowling's career earnings have surpassed a billion dollars, her generous charitable donations and willingness to pay her taxes in the U.K. rather than relocate abroad means her wealth hovers around the $650m mark.
23. Kylie Jenner
While Kylie Jenner isn't officially a billionaire yet, she is edging ever closer to the title of world's 'youngest ever self-made billionaire' after reports claimed she had made an astonishing $900million from her cosmetic company, Kylie Cosmetics.
The youngest member of the Kardashian clan only turned 21 in August and is already the wealthiest member of her family according to reports from Britain's Daily Mail newspaper.
In lieu of her astronomical success, Forbes profiled Kylie on their August cover which will focus on 'America's Women Billionaires'.
Once profits exceed $1billion, she will usurp Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as the 'youngest-ever self-made billionaire,' a title the tech genius claimed at 23-years-old.
Uploading their upcoming August cover to their Instagram account, they wrote a caption which read, "Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire ever, ahead of even Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23.
"Find out how she built a $900 million fortune in less than 3 years. #SelfMadeWomen." Like we're all going to be able to do the same or something?"
24. Ariana Rockefeller
The name sounds familiar, doesn't it? Ariana Rockefeller was certainly born into the right family. Now in its fifth generation, the 32-year-old is one of the most recognizable faces of the family dynasty.
Often making various public appearances on behalf of the family company, Rockefeller spoke of the values her grandfather installed in her in an interview with NBC.
"The message was, a dollar is a dollar and to value that and to put a lot of value on hard work and the enjoyment of life, of course, and to give back," Rockefeller said to journalist Robert Frank.
25. Alexandra Andresen
Alexandra is one of the world’s youngest billionaires with a $1.18 billion fortune that her father, Johan Andresen gave her at just 19 years of age. Father Johan Andresen owns a Norweigan company called Teidemanns, a tobacco company that is partly in the hands of his two daughters, both of whom own a 42% stake in the company.
Just one of many companies in his vast portfolio, Ferd also deals in stocks and is a passionate trader on the Nordic stock exchange. However, despite her stake, the blonde beauty (center) stays away from the everyday running of the business. Instead, she has focused her energy on horses, becoming an award-winning horse dresser while also modeling for equestrian clothing companies.
26. Amanda Hearst
If you think Alexandra Rockefeller's family history is impressive, then you'll be even more impressed by Amanda Hearst's, whose great-grandfather is William Randolph Hearst, one of America's most famed tycoons and the muse behind Orson Welles’ cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane. Keeping up the long tradition of the family's involvement in media and publishing, Hearst is now the Associate Market Editor at Marie Claire, one of the world's most popular monthly high-toned fashion and lifestyle magazines.
She is also an activist, and fashion model and the brains behind Friends of Finn, a charity which aims to expose the inhumane treatment of canine bred in puppy mills.
27. The Fredriksen Twins
Kathrine and Cecilie Fredriksen are quite the twins! Not only do they parade their fortune in fancy parties like most heiresses, but they are also actively involved in their father's multi-billion oil and shipping business.
With their family estimated to have a net worth of almost $10bn, the Fredriksen family have educated their children across Europe and also have a major influence in the fashion industry.
28. Anna Anissimova Schafer
Anna Anissimova Schafer is a very wealthy heiress who hails from Russia. While you may never have heard of her, go to Russia, and you will find most people know who she is.
Like many socialites, she has dabbled in modeling and acting, going onto appear in the movies The Whistleblower, Father of Inventions and Flutter.
29. Dona Bertarelli
Dona Bertarelli used to preside over public and professional affairs of her family’s biotech business before Serono, the family business, was sold in 2007 for $9 billion.
This Swiss Wonderwoman is also co-president of the Bertarelli Foundation which focuses on aquatic conservation and life science research. As well as this, Bertarelli is also a successful sailor.
30. Mackenzie Bezos
Married to the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos since 1993 after meeting at the same hedge fund, the two married only a year later. But Mackenzie hasn't stopped working just because of her husband's financial success.
In fact, Mackenzie is a successful novelist, and made it one of her aims, along with her husband, to legalize gay marriage in their homeland and have donated over $2 million to gay rights groups.