The 10 Richest American Women In 2019

To sum it all up, Forbes annual 400 list of the wealthiest people in America has a lot of philanthropic women, heiresses and women who just happened to get married into a fortune, but it lacks self-made women which is kind of sad.

According to Business Insider, the collective net worth of all the people in the list sums up to $262.4 billion.

The following list mainly features heiresses from two American dynasties: the Mars family, manufacturers of the Snickers chocolate bar, and the Walton family, the founders of Walmart.

The list also features two new faces: MacKenzie Bezos, ex-wife of Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos and Julia Koch who were really close to the first place.

As shown on Business Insider, the list features net worth estimates as of Oct. 2, 2019.

10. The sisters Victoria Mars, Valerie Mars, Pamela Mars and Marijke Mars. The heiresses of the biggest candy and pet food company, Mars Incorporated.

Victoria was the chair of the board of directors of the company. Valerie Mars is currently the vice president of corporate development at Mars Incorporated and she is also part of the board of directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, according to Business Insider.

Pamela Mars served as chairman of the board between 2004 and 2008. Marijke Mars is currently serving at the company’s board of directors. They each have a net worth of $7.4 billion and they are in their mid 50s and early 60s.

Not much could be found about the family in terms of gossip.

9. Ann Walton Kroenke, Walmart heiress

After Bud Walton, the co-founder of Walmart and father of Ann Walton Kroenke, died in 1995, Ann inherited almost half of his stake in the company, Business Insider reports.

Her net worth is $7.5 billion.

8. Married into Walmart’s fortune, Christy Walton

Christy married John Walton, the second oldest child of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart. In 2005, John died in a plane crash and left Christy with 17% of his wealth, Business Insider reports.

She has a net worth of $8.5 billion.

7. Blair Parry-Okeden

Parry-Okeden currently lives in Australia and Forbes mentioned her as the richest person in Australia in 2016. Her source of wealth comes from Cox Enterprises, an automotive and media company based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her net worth is of $9.6 billion.

6. Abigail Johnson

Fidelity Investments currently has $2.7 trillion in managed assets, according to Business Insider. Johnson, both the CEO and chairman of the board, has an estimated 24.5% stake in the company.

Her net worth is $14 billion.

5. Laurene Powell Jobs and family

She is Steve Jobs’ wife and, at one point, she had 5.5 million shares of Apple Stock and a 7.3% stake in the Walt Disney Company, according to Business Insider.

She and her family have a net worth of $21.3 billion.

4. Granddaughter of the Mars dynasty, Jacqueline Mars.

It is said she owns a third of Snickers and M&M’s. She is the most powerful women in the Mars dynasty and diligently donates to educational, environmental, cultural and health-related causes, according to Business Insider. 

Jacqueline Marsnet worth is of $29.7 billion.

3. New face on the list, MacKenzie Bezos.

Her divorce with Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, resulted in her acquiring 4% of the company, but just like Jacqueline Mars, MacKenzie is using her increasing wealth to help others.

In April, she signed a pledge to donate half of her fortune to charity, according to Business Insider.

Her net worth is $36.1 billion.

2. The other new face on the list, Julia Koch and her children.

Julia Koch and her three children inherited 42% stake in Koch industries after her husband, David Koch, died in August.

Julia Koch net worth is $41 billion.

1. Richest woman in the world and of the Walmart dynasty, Alice Walton.

In contrast to the others participants in this list, Alice is not involved with her source of wealth in any way. Neither is known if she donates to charity like many others on this list do. It seems like she spends her fortune collecting art and breeding horses, according to Business Insider.

The Walton family are the most powerful dynasty in America right now.

Alice Walton’s net worth is $51.4 billion.