10 Richest Women in 2014

Can you guess who the richest women in 2014 were?

2014 was a record-breaking year for many of the world’s wealthiest, most notably women. Although there are often debates over whether or not women earn as much as men in similar positions, 2014 closed as a great year for the world’s top women.

The richest women in 2014 come from various backgrounds and have experienced success in a wide range of industries. Some of the women on the list are expected and often appear every year, while some may surprise you. It is also important to note, that many of the women included on the list have inherited fortunes from parents or husbands, with very few who have built their own fortunes and wealth.

According to Forbes, out of the world’s 1,645 billionaires, only 172 of them were women. This may seem a rather small number in comparison to the number of billionaires who are men, this is an increase from 138 in 2013. Although women still compose only 10% of the list, it is an increase that indicates a trend that has been long awaited and will likely continue to rise in the future. The following is a listing of the 10 richest women in the world within the calendar year 2014.