The 5 richest women in the world in 2015

Here’s a look at who ended 2015 at the top of the list of the richest women in the world. These ladies rule industries as diverse as retail, cosmetics and candy!

1. Christy Walton – $29.4 billion
Christy inherited a giant stake in the retail giant Wal-Mart when her husband, John Walton, died in a plane crash in 2005. She currently owns an 11% stake in the company her father-in-law and his brother started in 1962.

2. Liliane Bettencourt – $38.9 billion
The queen of cosmetics recently grew her sizable fortune after she purchased a further 8% stake in the L’Oreal empire from food giant Nestle. She now owns a 33% stake in the cosmetics empire her father started more than a century ago in 1907.

3. Alice Walton – $30.4 billion
The second Walton on the rich list, Alice (pictured left) is the daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder Sam. She, however, did not follow her siblings Jim and Rob in taking an active role within the company and chose instead to pursue a career in art curation.

4. Jacqueline Mars – $24.3 billion
Now we know where to go knock on Halloween – Jacqueline, along with her brothers Forrest Jr. and John own the world’s largest candy manufacturer, Mars. The company was started by her grandfather Frank in 1911 and carried forward by her father Forrest (pictured), who we have to thank for M&Ms.

5. Maria Franca Fissolo – $23.5 billion
Maria is the widow of Michele Ferrero (pictured together), the founder of the Ferrero candy giant who died in 2014. Michele’s father Pietro got his start building the empire in World War II Italy when he set up a lab to supply his wife’s pastry store.

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