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“Forbes 400” list of wealthiest Americans only 13 percent women

By WITW Staff on September 30, 2015

Forbes released its annual list of the 400 wealthiest Americans and, as usual, women are heavily underrepresented. 51 female billionaires – or 13 percent – made the list, controlling $290 billion in total. Nevertheless, many of these women inherited their wealth, or share it with their husbands – only seven of them are self-made women (that includes Oprah Winfrey with $3 billion and Elizabeth Holmes, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire with $4.5 billion). The richest woman on the list is Alice Walton, daughter of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, at no. 12 with $32 billion, just outshining her sister-in-law Christy who is no. 14, and valued at $30.2 billion.

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