Meet the world’s youngest female billionaires. They each earned or inherited their fortunes in very different ways, as we’re about to learn. These women range in age from their teens into middle age, and all have a unique story to tell. Not all of their tales have happy endings, however; a few on this list have lost it all.
Athina Onassis is the last surviving descendant of the Greek shipping billionaire Aristotle Onassis, making her style-icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ granddaughter through marriage. She is estimated to have been worth as much as $5 billion at one point, after having famously received $800 million of her inheritance on her 18th birthday.
At 39, Charlotte boasts a net worth of $2.2 billion. She inherited her wealth from the business her grandfather founded in 1947, retailer H&M. Her father currently sits as chairman and is the wealthiest person in Sweden, where they live.
Allison is worth $1.5 billion. Her father is Fayez Sarofim, who started the business Fayez Sarofim & Co. Her mother is the heiress to Brown & Root. She has a brother she may split the fortune with, but there is plenty to go around between them.
Anna is worth $2 billion and is known as the Russian Paris Hilton. Her father is a billionaire who built his fortune by metal trading. Her sister was murdered by the Russian Mafia, so Anna was sent to America for safety. She has done some modeling, acting, and real estate.
Anna Getty is worth $2.4 billion. Her great-grandfather is Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil Company. She holds the Getty fortune and has a line of eco-friendly health products. Before that, she was a yoga instructor and actress. She runs some other nonprofit organizations that promote health and well-being.
Ivanka Trump is worth $3 billion, which her father, president Donald Trump, had a hand in. Ivanka is the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization and also serves as an “advisor” to her father.
Holly Branson is worth $3.8 billion. Her father is entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. She went to medical school where she specialized in neurology. After school, she worked in the neurology department of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She also travels around the world doing humanitarian work.
Serra Sabanci is a 39-year-old worth $1.1 billion. She is a shareholder and board member of Sabanci Holdings, which is Turkey’s largest financial and industrial conglomerate. She is the 28th richest person in Turkey.
Ana Lucia de Mattos Barretto Villela
Ana, 44, is worth $3.6 billion. Her great-grandfather founded Itau, one of the largest banks in Brazil. The bank merged with Unibanco and together they are known as Itau-Unibanco, the largest non-state bank in Latin America. Ana is the youngest female billionaire in Brazil.
Lee Seo-Hyun is a 41-year-old who is worth $1.3 billion. She is the president of Cheil Industries, a textile manufacturer. Seo-Hyun expanded the company into fashion business and chemicals. She then bought Colombo Via Della Spiga and merged with Samsung SDI and Samsung Everland.
Aerin Lauder is 46 years old and is worth $1.85 billion. She is an heiress to the Estée Lauder line. She also has her own fashion, perfume, cosmetic, and furniture line named AERIN. When it comes to the Estée Lauder Company, she owns 16 million shares.
Tamara Ecclestone is a 32-year-old heiress, socialite and television personality worth $3.6 billion. Her father is Bernie Ecclestone, a billionaire who is the chief executive of the Formula One Group. In 2013 Tamara’s ex- fiancé attempted to blackmail her for £200,000 for not selling her “intimate secrets” to the press.
Petra Stunt is the other daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. She is also a socialite and model, as well as a fashion designer. She married billionaire businessman James Stunt in 2011 in a wedding that allegedly cost close to £12 million
Dylan Lauren, daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, is worth $4.7 billion. She opened the largest candy shop in the world, called Dylan’s Candy Bar. While she chose not to follow in her father’s footsteps, she did let him design her wedding dress when she married Paul Arrouet in 2011.
In July 2018, Kylie Jenner appeared on the cover of Forbes magazine, which proclaimed that she was set to become the United States’ youngest self-made billionaire. The 20-year old reality television star and half-sister of Kim Kardashian has a wildly popular cosmetics line called Kylie Cosmetics which earned $900 million in less than three years.
Amanda Hearst is worth $8.7 billion and is the owner of the Hearst Corporation, originally founded by her great grandfather. She created an organization called Friends and Finn that prevents mistreatment of puppies in puppy mills, and she works with non-profit organizations to promote animal rights.
Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Marie Besnier Beauvalot, 34, is worth $2.5 billion. She inherited a French dairy company called Lactalis. She and her siblings own 100% of the company, based in based in Laval, France. They make Président brie cheese, which is what made the company popular.
Charlotte Casiraghi, eighth in line to the throne of Monaco, is a 29-year-old model and worth $5.7 billion. She is the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and the Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi. She received a philosophy degree from Sorbonne University and is the face of Gucci.
Sara Blakely is a 45-year-old worth $1 billion. She founded the company Spanx, which makes intimate apparel, pants, and leggings. Time named her as one of the most 100 influential people in the world in 2012. Forbes has named her the 93rd most powerful woman in the world. The next billionaire is one of the youngest in the world.
Alexandra Andresen is only 19 years old, making her the youngest female billionaire in the world. She is worth a staggering $1.2 billion and is the daughter of Johan H. Andresen Jr. He is a Norwegian industrialist who owns Ferd AS.
Perenna Kei is a 24-year-old who is worth $1.3 billion. She has an 85% holding in Logan Property Holding through companies located in Guernsey and the Cayman Islands. Logan Property sells high-end real estate in Shenzhen. She also has a family trust.
Yvonne Bauer, 38, is worth $2.4 billion. She owns 600 magazines, 400 digital productions, and 50 radio and television stations across the world. Her company’s name is Bauer Media and it was founded in 1875. She is the fifth generation in her family to run the company
Laurene Powell Jobs
Laurene Powell Jobs is 51 years old and worth $20.4 billion. She was married to the late Steve Jobs. Powell Jobs founded the Emerson Collective, which helps under-resourced students through entrepreneurship.
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus is 52 and worth $8.7 billion. Her husband Robert (Julia’s second cousin) passed away and left her with Louis-Dreyfus, which is a French commodities giant. After selling part of the companies’ energy trading business, her personal stake increased. She also owns Olympique Marseille, a soccer giant.
Lynsi Snyder is 35 years old and worth $1.3 billion. She is the heiress of In-N-Out Burger. She is currently the majority owner and the president of the fast-food chain. Although she’s doing fine now, Snyder has led a troubled life and has been divorced four times.
Jane Lauder is 43 and worth $1.4 billion. She is the sister of Aerin. She is also heiress to the Estée Lauder cosmetics company and is the global president and general manager of the Estée Lauder, Origins, Ojon, and Darphin brands. She owns 20 million shares in the company.
Zhou Qunfei is 45 years old and worth $5.7 billion. She grew up in a poor family but became a successful entrepreneur. She founded the company Lens Technology, which makes touch screens. Her company supplies these screens to electronics companies. She is the richest woman in China.
Sandra Ortega Mera
Sandra Mera is 47 and worth $6.7 billion. Her father is the fourth richest person in the world. When her mother died, Sandra inherited her fortune as well as 89% holdings in her company, Rosp Corunna. She also has a stake in her father’s clothing company, Inditex.
Yang Huiyan is a 33-year-old who is worth $4.7 billion. Her father founded a company called Country Garden Holdings, which he transferred to her. She also has a hand in the Australian real estate developing business. The company also sold shares, raising $410 million.
Susanne Klatten is 53 years old and worth $20.2 billion. She is the richest woman in Germany and inherited BMW after her parents passed away. She owns 50% of the company, along with her brother. She also inherited Atlanta AG, a pharmaceutical giant that she sold for $6 billion.
Abigail Pierrepont Johnson
Abigail Johnson is 54 years old and worth $13.7 billion. She is the CEO and President of Fidelity Investments as well as the chairman of Fidelity International. Her grandfather founded Fidelity and is currently the chairman. Abigail has a 49% stake in the company.
Hind Hariri is worth $5.5 billion and is the daughter of Rafik Hariri, a Lebanese businessman. Her father was killed and she inherited his wealth. She stays out of the spotlight and is one of the youngest billionaires alive. She is married with two sons.
Josie Ho is worth $7 billion. Her father, Stanley Ho, owns many casinos in Macau. He is known as “The King of Gambling.” Josie went on to become a singer and actor, even starring in some films where she played a prostitute. Her father was not happy about this.
Alannah Weston is worth $7.9 billion. The Weston family fortune was built through a chain of supermarkets and bakeries. The family is the second-wealthiest in Canada. Alannah was the creative director for Selfridges, then moved up to the deputy chairman of the Selfridges Group.
Samantha Kluge, daughter of John Kluge, is worth $9.5 billion. At one point, her father — a television industry mogul — was the richest man in America. Samantha partied most of her life but eventually settled down. She has been divorced three times and has one son.
Georgina Bloomberg is worth $11.5 billion and is the daughter of Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. She got into riding horses at a young age and made a career out of it. She is sponsored by Ariat International and participates in many philanthropic activities.
Christy Walton is worth $22.5 billion and is the widow of John Walton, the son of the man who founded Walmart. She is the second richest woman in the world and has a lot of holdings in the company. She gives a lot of her money to charities.
Delphine Arnault Gancia
Delphine Arnault Gancia is worth $26 billion. Her father, Bernard Arnault, is vice president and director of Louis Vuitton. Delphine started working with the family business in 2000 and has a seat on the board of directors.
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia
Vanisha Mittal Bhatia is 35 years old and worth $51 billion. Her father is Lakshmi N. Mittal, CEO and chairman of ArcelorMittal, a steelmaking company. Upon his passing, she will inherit billions of dollars and 34% of the equity in the company. The family is the wealthiest in India.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
Charlene is worth $13.4 billion and controls 25% of Heineken International, the third largest brewery in the world. Charlene serves as the executive director at Heineken and is married to Michel de Carvalho, a financier.
Sheryl Sandberg is 46 years old and worth $1.31 billion. She is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook as well as the founder of leanin.org. Before joining Facebook, she was the vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google.
Tory Burch is 50 years old and worth $1 billion. She is a fashion designer, philanthropist, and businesswoman. She is the CEO, chairman, and designer of Tory Burch LLC. Forbes listed her as one of the most powerful women in 2015.
Caroline Hagen Kjos
Unlike many heiresses, Caroline jumped in and took over the family business, a budget grocery chain. At 32, she is the chairman of the company and owns over 97%, taking her net worth at $2.8 billion.
Gina Rinehart is worth $6.06 billion and is the chairman of Hancock Prospecting. The company was founded by her father, Lang Hancock, and she inherited 76.6% of the company. Hancock Prospecting is an Australian mineral extraction and exploration company.
At age 48 Dona has a net worth of $4.5 billion. This Swiss billionaire inherited her fortune when the family biotech business sold for $9 billion in 2007. Since the company (Serano) sold, she started businesses of her own.
Chu Lam Yiu
Chu founded her flavor company in Hong Kong, selling her product for food and beverage flavoring, fragrances and cosmetics and more. After she took her company public her estimated net worth is $2.8 billion and growing. Only in her 40s Chu has already achieved remarkable success.
Meg Whitman kicked off her career at P&G, Disney, and Hasbro before becoming President and CEO of eBay. The company grew from 30 employees to more than 15,000. She’s now President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Chairwoman of HP inc. Her estimated net worth is set at $2.1 billion.
Do you Yahoo? Marissa Mayer hopes you do. The Standford graduate was the first female engineer at Google, before moving on to become the President and CEO of Yahoo. She was ranked sixth on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list in 2014, and 16th most powerful businesswoman in the world.
Daughter of Hansjorg Wyss, a Swiss billionaire and Founder of the Wyss Foundation, Amy is the heir of a huge fortune. She serves on the board of directors and trustees for several organizations and companies. Amy is on the billionaire’s list with an estimated worth of $1.8 billion.
Maggie gained her fortune from the lumber industry, after inheriting the family business from her father Joe Hardy, Founder of 84 Lumber. In 1992 she took over the business and grew their market by building relationships with Home Depot and Lowes. At 50, Maggie is worth $1.8 billion.
Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala
Hailing from Mexico, Maria inherited a stake in her father’s hugely successful beer company, Grupo Modelo, which makes Corona beer. In 1925, her grandfather co-founded the brewery, 50% of which was sold to beverage giant Anheuser-Busch in 2013 for $20.1 billion. Maria has a net worth of $5.5 billion.
Milane Duncan Frantz
Based in Houston, Texas, Milane’s father’s pipeline business owns nearly 49,000 miles of pipelines. She inherited a stake in the company he co-founded (Enterprise Products Partners) when her father passed away in 2010, bringing her net worth to $5.3 billion.
Shari is the wealthiest woman in Israel, inheriting her wealth from her father’s cruise line business, Carnival Corp. She keeps her $3.9 billion intact by investing in companies who aim to protect the environment while giving back to nonprofit research organizations in education and health.
Tatiana struck gold twice, inheriting wealth from her family’s Colombian brewery business and marrying Andrea Casiraghi, eldest son to The Prince of Hanover (second in line to the throne in Monaco). At 32, Tatiana has a net worth of $2.4 billion. She’s the 847th wealthiest person in the world.
The German billionaire, 37, is one of eight children to inherit the family fortune, claiming $2.1 billion herself. Her father and grandfather built a successful baking and pudding powder empire in 1891. Julia is currently the 66th richest person in Germany.
Hailing from Norway, 21-year-old Katharina has a net worth of $1.25 billion, placing her as the second-youngest billionaire in the world. Her father put 42% of the family business, an investment company named Ferd, in her name.
At 45 years old, Lee is the richest woman in South Korea. With a net worth of $1.9 billion, she’s the daughter of Lee Kun-Hee who owns the Samsung empire. Boo-Jin will inherit the business alongside her siblings. She runs an upscale hotel chain called Hotel Shilla.
The founder and joint CEO of mega online gambling company Bet365 boasts a net worth of $3.8 billion. She’s the 14th richest person in the UK. She grew up around betting shops and saw the online potential. Hers is now one of the largest online gambling companies worldwide.
Born in rural China, Gong Haiyan displayed her entrepreneurial skills from an early age, overcoming every hurdle life threw at her. She never slowed down, launching an online dating service that became hugely successful. When she took her business to NASDAQ the company was worth $77 million.
Magdalena took her father’s position on the federal council of the government of Switzerland in 2004. The billionaire as a net worth of $3.7 billion and has previously worked in top management for Johnson & Johnson. She is currently the eighth wealthiest person in her country.
Elizabeth Holmes is a 32-year-old who was once worth $4.5 billion. Recently, however, her company Theranos’ valuation of an estimated $9 billion quickly dropped, and Forbes downsized their approximation of her wealth from $4.5 billion to a flat $0 in 2016.