Christy Walton remains the richest women due to her fortune that totals $36.7 billion. The widow of John Walton has been in the top spot of the world’s richest women for the past four out of five years. Upon her husband’s death, Christy inherited $18.2 billion. Christy was able to increase her net worth past other members of the Walton family due to her ownership of First Solar shares, whose stock rose almost 50% within the past year.
Christy Walton’s net worth places her the sixth wealthiest person within the United States and the eighth globally. In addition, Christy is noted as the top female philanthropist by Conde Nast’s Giving Index, due to the incredible amounts that she donates to charities.