Forbes released its 2019 Billionaires List yesterday, revealing who the world's richest people are but also how the wealth of the superrich is distributed among the sexes. According to the list, there are only 11 women among the 100 wealthiest people on the planet and all of them have made their fortune by inheritance from a wealthy relative or husband. French L'Oreal heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers tops the list this year, taking the lead from last year's richest woman, Walmart heiress Alice Walton.
The richest person in the world is still Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is currently going through a divorce and might not have had a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement with his wife. If MacKenzie Bezos was to receive half her husband’s fortune, she would become the wealthiest woman in the world overnight. Even half of Bezos’ staggering riches of US$131 billion would place MacKenzie well ahead of Bettencourt Meyers’ net worth, which is US$49.3 billion.