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Wealthiest Women in the UK, Their Businesses and Charitable Causes

Updated on March 4, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in Medicine; Health- and I/O Psychology; STEM courses, and Aerospace Education (CAP).

Kirsty Bertarelli
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Bertarelli Foundation

The UK Government and the Bertarelli Foundation created the largest fully protected marine reserve in the world at the Chagos Marine Reserve of the Indian Ocean.

Chagos Preserve

Rich Or Lucky? Top 10 List of Female Billionaires in UK

Many of the richest women in the UK inherited their fortunes; therefore, many people feel that these ladies should not be on the list of richest women or richest people. The critics feel that only people that have worked for their fortunes should be recognized.

That may or may not be true, but the charities the inherited fortunes support may be important.

Interesting, out of this Top 10 List of Female Billionaires in UK garnered from Forbes,com and news media for 2012, we see that the Number One and the Number Ten persons seem to do the most for charities and causes.

If you have any additional information on charities or causes these ladies support, please list in Comments below.

Pharmaceutical Sales

1) Kirsty Bertarelli - The Bertarelli Foundation

Ms. Bertarelli is a multimillionaire in her own right, largely through pharmaceutical sales, even though she is married to a billionaire. Her career has been successful in a number of industries, beginning with her Crown for Miss Universe and Miss UK in 1988.

WORTH: Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli combined, pharmaceuticals: £7.4 Billion (11.5 Billion USD in July 2012)

People tend more regularly to look at pharmaceutical companies as evildoers. This has increased with the $3 Billion fine levied against the giant company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for marketing drugs for off-label uses without permission.

Radio broadcasts on July 2 and 3, 2012 informed the public that GSK also bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products via upscale entertainment like Hawaiian vacations, European pheasant hunts, and rock star concert tickets.

Surely, Ms. Bertarelli must deal with more reputable firms. In fact, yes - Serono is the biotechnology giant owned by her husband until 2007.

Creative Minds Festival

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Ms. Bertarelli supports the Creative Minds Festival, beginning from its first annual production at Stoke-on-Trent during Summer 2012 from July 3 - July 7.

The celebration is an arts festival for entrants of all ages. For an entire week, it displays drama, film, music, and fine arts at The Regent Theatre in its Creative Learning department under funding and volunteerism from The Bertarelli Foundation.

Mrs Bertarelli is married to Swiss-Italian biotechnology tycoon Ernesto Bertarelli, who created the Bertarelli Foundation. Delightfully, "the festival will engage with people of all ages, faiths, gender and ethnicity in the creation of short pieces of music, song, drama, film or artwork." This is all inclusive - one can be an infant finger painter from the local Y program or a new Grandma Moses, not to mention garage bands and church singers. Simply anyone can enter.

The closing of the festival includes invitations to selected performers at the event to return to the venue on Saturday evening, July 7 for The Creative Minds Awards Evening, a red carpet event at The Regent. They will remember their awards forever and this is a good cause for any company to sponsor.

This entrepreneur is a singer-songwriter of old and released a hit single in 2012 called Free Of War.

Brava, Ms. Bertarelli!

Reference: Creative Minds Festival

Singer/Songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli is an established star. A decade ago, Kirsty penned All Saints’ William Orbit-produced smash hit "Black Coffee", which reached number one in the UK and in 2010 her album "Elusive" reached the top 20.

Heineken Products

2) Charlene de Carvalho

While this millionaire inherited some money, she amassed a bigger fortune than her controlling partial interest in Heineken products.

WORTH: $7.7 Billion, according to in 2012, $8.4 USD by rates July 2012.

Married, with 5 children, this successful woman is heiress to a beer fortune. originally from Holland (The Netherlands), she is the ranking billionaire in that country, but #120 in the world, by Forbes reports.

CHARITIES: None found.

Retail Stores

3) Lady Green, Wife of Sir Philip Green

Lady Tina Green amassed her fortune in smart retailing in large retail stores and related investments..

WORTH of the couple: $4.2 Billion

CHARITIES: None found. Tina and Sir Philip are the target of tax investigations in the UK (Reference: UK Uncut).

A Wealth Of Horses

4) Kirsten Rausing

Cousin of Eva Rausing (see last entries in this Hub).

Kirsten breeds horses at her stud farm Lanwades and owns a second stud farm, also in Suffolk UK. She also is or has been director of the Jockey Club Estates and sits on the board of Tetra Laval (see the Eva Rausing entry).

WORTH: £3.9 billion or $6.08 Billion USD in July 2012 rates.

CHARITIES: None found.

Royal Riches

5) Baroness Howard de Walden

The Honorable Mary Hazel Caridwen Czernin

WORTH: £2.2 billion or $3.4+ Billion in USD in July 2012.

CHARITIES: Head of the White Oak Charitable Trust. Donations to charities.

Baroness Howard de Walden

Coat of Arms of the Barons de Walden.
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Real Estate and Bomb Shelters

6) Hawken Xiu Li

WORTH: $1.7 Billion from Real Estate.

This billionaire in the UK is the largest shareholder of Renhe Commercial Holdings, a Chinese real estate firm listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She makes underground bomb shelters into shopping malls.

CAUSES: Xiu Li supports a Chinese soccer club connected with her company.

Wealth In Eyeglasses

7) Dame Mary Perkins, Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Dame Mary made her fortune in eyeglasses and continues to do so in 2012 via Specsavers discount eyeglass chain.

WORTH: £870 million or 1.4 Billion USD in July 2012.

CHARITIES: Women;s Refuge, Age Concern, Kidscape, charities dealing with eyesight

Money In Gambling and Gaming

8) Denise Coates

Her fortune comes from a group of gaming enterprises: Bet365.

WORTH: £800 million or $1.24 Billion in USD in July 2012.

CHARITIES: None found.

Wealth In Race Cars

Formula One Racing

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9) Slavica Ecclestone

This wealthy woman as an elite international fashion model.However, her larger wealth comes from a divorce from the much older Bernie Ecclestone through his Formula One motorsports enterprises.

WORTH: £740 million or $1.2 Billion in USD as of July 2012.

CHARITIES: She supports the charitable British-Croatian Society in London UK.

In the Land Of Harry Potter


J.K. Rowlings' estimated charitable giving reached $160 million in 2015.

10) J.K. Rowling

WORTH: $1.1 Billion from the Harry Potter series. In 2015, she had given away much of her money to help others.


  • London office of Amnesty International - Human rights in French-speaking Africa
  • Comic Relief in the UK - Rowling has raised over $30 million as of mid-2012 by writing and selling books that would be found in the Hogwart's Library.
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Dyslexia In Action programs
  • Gingerbread (the former One Parent Families)
  • Lumos or Children's High Level Group - She exposed the use of caged beds in children's mental hospitals in Hungary and writes to raise money to help those children.
  • The Maggie’s Centres for Cancer Care
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society in Scotland -- Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
  • Others

Drugs Take the Life Of A Billionairess

Eva Rausing, Dead 7/10/2012 of Drug Overdose

Eva Rausing was a billionaire in the UK worth £6.4 Billion or $10 Billion in USD in July 2012.

She was the heiress of the Tetra Pak food packaging fortune. Her husband is Mr. Hans Kristian Rasuing, arrested recently on drugs charges. He and Ms. Rausing both supported Britain’s Prince Charles in his charities.

Two such charities are:

  • The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (architecture)
  • Action on Addiction. (Ms. Rausing met her husband in a drug rehab clinic in America.)

© 2012 Patty Inglish


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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      HEY. just found this is the hopper, and said of course I will pay her a visit! I am glad I did, because I do not much about this topic. You should of included contact numbers so I can ask them for some money! ROFL Great informative hub Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Haha, I don't think they might like that! They have a lot of money, tho, don't they? You could set up a charity...

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      So Patty - I guess I should have been an heiress or married a tycoon! lol Too late...!

      Eva a Rausing is interesting though, I guess money didn't buy her much happiness. What a waste!

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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Not too late for your husband and yourself to become Millionaires, so keep a good thought. That is tragic in Eva Rausing's case. I read where they met in drug rehab and cringed.

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      I read this to check out my competition....they don't have much to worry about. Great to see J.K. Rowling up there. The figures are mind boggling! Interesting hub.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Success to you in your quest for richness in all areas of life! The figures are large, aren't they?

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