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Top Ten Richest Women in America in 2011

Updated on April 30, 2017

Women with money are some men's dream spouse

Christy Walton
Christy Walton
Alice Walton
Alice Walton
Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson
Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers
Jaqueline Mars
Jaqueline Mars
Pauline MacMillan Keinath
Pauline MacMillan Keinath
Marion MacMillan Pictet
Marion MacMillan Pictet
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey | Source
Barbara Piasecka Johnson
Barbara Piasecka Johnson
Ann Walton Kroenke
Ann Walton Kroenke

Women billionaires are a common occurrence. America is not the only place where this holds true anymore.

There was a time in American history, that seems not that long ago, where women couldn’t own property or even vote. However, times have certainly changed. We have evolved to a country where women billionaires account for a large enough listing there is a top ten list option. This is a top ten list of the richest women in the country.

There is no age limitation or color barrier. Some are mothers where others aren’t. Most of the folks making up the catalog of names are divorced. Does that say anything about being married with money or wealthy women like to keep their options open for a spouse? Surprisingly, three of the ten richest women in America are related to each other. Find out more about these money gurus in the United States of America.

These are the top ten richest women in America today

1. Christy Walton

This 54 year old woman is worth $ 20 billion dollars. She has one of the most recognizable companies on the planet, Walmart stores. This makes up the majority of the income received each year.

With more than 6000 stores worldwide there are over 6000 stores within 14 different countries. Although there is an abundance of dollars coming from the stores, there is also philanthropy and other interests for the heiress.

2. Alice Walton

Guessing if this is any relation to the number one spot is a no brainer. These two women are sisters. Alice is the recognized 59 year old owner of Wal-Mart stores while both maintain the CEO title and position.

With a little over 1 million employees the divorcee is resources total a cool $17.6 billion. Along with spreading the wealth around our country, both sisters make the richest women in the world category as well.

3. Abigail Johnson

Her family has earned monies from a popular investment firm. Fidelity Investments is the cash cow Abigail feeds. The 47 year old married mother of 2 has a net worth of $10 billion.

Abigail easily makes the list as one of the wealthiest people in the country with another one of the most recognized companies n the world. Financial institutions are not surprisingly on the listing.

4. Anne Cox Chambers

The divorced mother of 3 children has amassed fortune close to $9 billion. Her wealth is from Cox Business Enterprises. The company is owner of multimedia investments. The media investments translate to 17 newspapers, 80 radio stations and 15 television stations.

With the experience gained working in the media industry, Ms. Chambers has a bright financial future.

5. Jacqueline Mars

Fortune for this 69 year old divorced mother of 3 comes from an unusual source. Dogs and cats are her bread and butter. She rules over on of the world’s largest pet food vendor conglomerates (which includes Pedigree and Whiskas).

Another component to the mix is bringing bucks in to the wallet from the sales of candy. She owns the Mars candy company that includes Snickers and M &Ms. Her net worth is $9 billion.

6. Pauline MacMillan Keinath

Pauline’s is a woman of substantial means. In fact, funds available are more than the average checking account. She is never screaming poverty with approximately $3.6 billion to spend. Prosperity comes from the Cargill Inc. company. This business boasts a proud 900 subsidiaries in 66 different countries.

Being a married mother of 4 kids makes her the richest mother in America at this time. Does this mean the children get a larger allowance? Who knows.

7. Marion MacMillan Pictet

She is the owner of Cargill Inc. She is related to number 6. Although the 76 year old mother of 1 lives in Bermuda, she is still an American citizen.There are a number of people who have never heard of Marion, even before her senior years, but they are able to identify with Cargill.

Her net worth is $3.6 billion.Billions is able to buy a lot of influence at home or abroad.

8. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is one of the most recognized celebs in recent years. At 55 years old she is still single woman with a net worth of close to $2.7 billion. The owner of the Oprah Winfrey show spread her wings to buy a personal network. With her original show she built an audience of 46 million viewers aired in 135 countries.

9. Barbara Piasecka Johnson

Barbara is worth $2.6 billion. She is married to John Seward of Johnson & Johnson since 1983. As an heir to Johnson & Johnson she inherited 36 million shares of this household name company. Shares and cash total the worldly goods amount of $2.6 billion.

10. Ann Walton Kroenke

Ann is 60 years old and the married mother of 2 children. She is the niece of former Wal-Mart owner Sam Walton. She is related to number 1 and 2 on the list and her net worth is $2.6 billion dollars.

Millions are also made on patents for certain materials or designs as well as being a CEO of big business.
Millions are also made on patents for certain materials or designs as well as being a CEO of big business.

Successful women do not necessary need a successful man at home.

Most men like to think there is an accomplished man waiting at home for the business executive women struggling all day long. The dream sees her as coming home each night and lying difficult burdens at the feet of a brilliant husband who knows everything. This is the male chauvinist idea of a modern business women.

Things have surely changed quite a bit since mom and grandma's time. There is no shame in doing the game as a single parent, mom or woman. Additionally, there are tons of dads who are content to stay home and run the house and kids while mom runs the nine to five show. These are persons of the opposite sex who have seen the light.

If she is able to earn more, has more education and does a better job of keeping it together on this end of things, let her do it. If she is great at it and loves it, this is even better. Great men stand beside great women.

Amazon has a book on the subject. Take a peek at Millionaire Women Next Door by Thomas Stanleyt

Inherited wealth must still be maintained.

In conclusion

Being a woman historically was a bad thing. Now it looks like something positive is finally taking place when it comes to the fairer sex and monetary gain.

Never doubt these are not shrewd women when it comes to taking care of business in a man's world. In fact, because of the prejudices and misconception about the intelligence they possess, things have not been easy and they worked harder than an average man.

Give them each a thumb up for effort and drive. Although some inherited the wealth, they work at keeping it and making it grow.

The Rich tend to mingle and married other wealthy folks for the most part

There has always been the fairly tale of Cinderella and things as such. This is the story when the poor sister or scullery maid is swept off her feet by the rich and handsome prince charming. This particular type of case is further from this truth than most imagine.

Of the women mentioned here as wealthy inheriting the money. It either comes from a rich father, husband or family. Making it from the bottom up does happen. Though this is the smallest category of people in group. In fact, for every one Oprah there are millions more who did not make it but started where she did.

Ideas of having a terrific singing or dancing career on Broadway or in the movies is a thing of the past. The real money is in promoting, producing and other behind the scene ideas. When imagining ideas to get the job done, think outside of the box and do a little further research beyond the Cinderella story.

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      dk 3 years ago

      a nearly PERFECT correlation between money and UBER-UGLY women - yipes !!!! Get the Trash Bags ready vamanos ....

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      Madueke Martins 5 years ago

      These women no doubt are innovators.But i commend the richest mother,keep it up

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Very informative! I had no idea!

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      Helpful Hanna 6 years ago

      Interesting that all acquired their wealth the way they did. Thanks!

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Good motivations for women. Great hub.