French L’Oréal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, topped out the list of female billionaires with an estimated fortune of $66.3 billion. This bested mother Liliane Bettencourt, who at her death had an estimated worth of around $60.5 billion, and from whom Francoise inherited most of her wealth. Liliane was a regular fixture on the rich list since its inception 32 years ago, and at that time, shared the title of world’s richest woman with various females of the Walmart-owning Walton clan.
This easily dwarfs the fortune of the youngest KarJenner, Kylie Jenner, who has now been officially crowned the world’s youngest (and yes, technically classified ‘self-made’) billionaire, aged 21. This was following last year’s ruckus, which left many questioning Forbes’ working definition of ‘self-made.’
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Meyers was named 15th of the world’s total billionaires, behind fourteen (again, almost all white) males, with the top spot going to who else but Jeff Bezos (who seems intent on world domination, but that’s for another time).
L’Oréal, which has an enviable share of the skincare, makeup, and hair product markets, had a most profitable growth period last year, which saw Bettencourt Meyers’ personal fortune go up several billion (9.5 to be exact, but with these sorts of figures, who’s counting?)
Bettencourt senior, who passed away in 2017 at age 94, was the only daughter of L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller, and when he passed away in 1957, she became the company’s principal shareholder at just 34. Now Francoise in turn, as Liliane’s only daughter, assumes the role of sole heir of the L’Oréal fortune, automatically finding her way onto the list of the world’s wealthiest.
So what does the woman with untold amounts of inherited wealth actually do with her time? Aside from assisting in L’Oréal’s brand direction as a board member, she’s also authored books on Judaeo-Christian relations and Greek mythology. So, there’s that.