The youngest women to bank a billion dollars (or more)
With billions of dollars in the bank, the “rich girl” stereotype often translates to bratty and rebellious behavior, but these women are so much more than a tired old cliché. Sure, a few of the women on this list have inherited their fortune, but it’s what they’ve done with the funds that have made them businesswomen to watch. Having a billion dollars to your name, or in some cases, tens of billions is impressive on its own and it’s especially exciting when you have your whole life ahead of you. From investing in themselves and starting companies, to giving back through philanthropy, these young billionaire women are doing big things.
1. Amanda Hearst
As the great-granddaughter of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, Amanda Hearst is the heiress of the Hearst Corporation. The social activist and model is due to inherit a pretty penny, but that’s doesn’t mean she’s just sitting back and waiting to cash in, she’s working her way to the top too.
Amanda Hearst currently boasts a bank balance of $2 billion, but being born into the Hearst family isn’t the only thing that keeps her financially secure. Hearst is a contributing editor at Town & Country, contributing editor at Marie Claire and founder of the socially conscious fashion retailer Maison de Mode.
2. The Clarins Sisters (Claire and Virginie, Prisca and Jenna)
When almost every pharmacy has at least one line of Clarins skin-care products stocked on their shelves, it’s easy to work out how the granddaughters of the founder Jacques Courtin-Clarins are currently sitting comfortably atop an over $2 billion inheritance. Sisters Claire and Virginie, and their cousins, twin sisters Prisca and Jenna, are all brand ambassadors for Clarins.
The foursome has even created their own “It Kit,” of their personal favorite products. The Clarins sisters are also shareholders in the company, as well as serving on the supervisory board. Claire, Virginie, Prisca, and Jenna are all responsible for Clarins’ charitable efforts, most notably their work with nonprofit organization FEED. Busy billionaires!
3. Ariana Rockefeller
With the last name Rockefeller, it’s pretty easy to assume that there’s some serious cash sitting in the bank and Ariana Rockefeller is proof positive. As the great-great-granddaughter of the Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller, Ariana is estimated to have a net worth of $2.8 billion.
Despite being the descendant of one of the wealthiest families in the world, Ariana forewent a life of leisure to launch her own luxury made-to-wear women’s fashion. Ariana shares, “There’s such a value of having a work ethic in my family and of working hard at whatever it is we choose to do and focus on.”
4. Kylie Jenner
In case you haven’t heard, the youngest of the Kardashian sisters is actually the wealthiest. What started as media fanfare over Kylie’s full lips led to the creation of Kylie’s most successful venture. In 2015, Kylie launched a line of lipsticks to help her fans achieve her perfect pout called “Kylie’s Lip Kits.”
Turns out, everyone wants to keep up with the Kardashians – so much so, that “Kylie’s Lip Kit” sold out within one minute. In running her own company, Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie keeps 100% of the profits, putting her at a net worth of $900 million. Not quite a billionaire yet, but Kylie sure is close!
5. Marie Besnier Beauvalot
Lactalis (formerly known as the Besnier Group) is the biggest dairy producer in Europe, pulling in a pretty pricey $20 billion. So, when Marie and her two brothers inherited 100% of the family company in 2000, Marie instantly shot to the top of every “World’s Wealthiest” list.
Marie is valued at an estimated $5.6 billion but even with all that money in her pocket, the heiress likes to live a quiet life. After gaining all her wealth at the young age of 20, Marie managed to avoid going the wild child route. Currently, she works for the family business Lactalis and lives in the family home in Laval, France.
6. Dorothy Wang
When your current employment is on a reality television program entitled Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, it’s pretty safe to say that you’ve got money in the bank. Dorothy Wang is the daughter of Chinese-American businessman Roger Wang, CEO of real estate development company Golden Eagle International Group, and is valued at $3.5 billion.
Dorothy is hoping that her appearance on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills will help clear up any misconceptions about her, saying, “I guess people are always surprised how relatable and down to earth and humble I can be…Viewers are going to see past the money and get to know us…”
7. Perenna Kei
Once the youngest billionaire in the world, Perenna Kei has had $1.3 billion in the bank since she was 24 years old. Logan Property, a real estate company, brings in billions of dollars a year under the leadership of its chairman and CEO, and of course, Perenna’s father.
Perenna is Logan Property’s primary shareholder, giving her ownership over 85% of the family company through a family trust. But Perenna’s trust fund isn’t why her father trusts her to handle the family business – Perenna holds a degree in economics from the highly respected London School of Economics. Perenna is sure to make her father proud.
8. Caroline Jones
The daughter of hedge fund manager and major investor Paul Tudor Jones, Caroline Jones has gone in a totally different direction than her dear old dad. Caroline got into music in her childhood and took singing lessons before writing her first song at age 10. It was then that Caroline knew what she wanted to do with her life.
Caroline could count on her $3.4 billion bank account while she wrote, produced and self-released her very first album. Since then, Caroline’s singing career has started to see increased success. Jones’ steady ascent up the Billboard Hot 100 is no sweat when the singer has billions already in the bank.
9. MacKenzie Bezos
Through her marriage to the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, MacKenzie Bezos’ half of the vast wealth Amazon has amassed comes in at an enviable $69 billion. Additionally, MacKenzie has shares of Amazon’s stock, which are sure to keep her bank account bursting. Though the couple has announced their plans to split, Mackenzie will undoubtedly still be a member of the billionaire’s club.
Accomplished in her own right, MacKenzie graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in English and is an award-winning novelist. In 2014, MacKenzie founded Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization where she serves as executive director. Her work with Bystander Revolution has been keeping her busy while her billions continue to multiply.
10. Tamara and Petra Ecclestone
Off to the races! Tamara and Petra, daughters of British business magnate Bernie Ecclestone, have been living large their whole lives thanks to their father’s fortune. As the founder of Formula One, Ecclestone’s been able to provide for his family with his estimated $2.8 billion.
Bernie Ecclestone essentially owns the sport of race car driving, and perhaps fittingly, his daughters have been known to live their lives in the fast lane. Tamara and Petra have become known for splashing out the big bucks on multiple homes and first-class flights but when two people share as big a bank account as the Ecclestone sisters that’s no sweat.
11. Tory Burch
Having made the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women on more than one occasion, Tory Burch’s fashion business is bustling. Burch built her $1 billion from the ground up, beginning with one storefront in Manhattan in 2004. By 2018, Tory Burch’s fashion line had ballooned to 250 stores worldwide.
Burch isn’t happy just sitting back and spending her billion and is busy outside of her fashion line with an extensive roster of philanthropic efforts. In 2009, Burch launched the Tory Burch Foundation aimed at the economic empowerment and entrepreneurial education of young women. Burch is hoping to build up the next generation of young female billionaires.
12. Sofia Barclay
After attending the prestigious Westminster School, whose notable alumni include dukes, chancellors, and award-winning thespians, Sofia Barclay decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. But as the granddaughter of media and real estate giant David Barclay, Sofia won’t have to worry about the struggling actress stage of her career.
Still in the early days of her career, Sofia has relocated to New York City, where she’s hoping to eventually make it big. But, until then, the heiress has $3.2 billion to bankroll her acting aspirations. Just like Westminster alumna and award-winning actress Helena Bonham Carter, Sofia is hoping to see similar success on the stage and screen.
13. Fredriksen Twins (Kathrine and Cecilie)
Sure, life is probably pretty plush when your father owns the world’s largest fleet of oil tankers but twin sisters Kathrine and Cecilie Fredriksen aren’t just lying back and living off the $10.9 billion family fortune. Both sisters have taken on roles in the family business and are working hard to prove they’re not stereotypical frivolous heiresses.
Kathrine graduated from the European Business School in London and has since taken the title of director in the business department of the family shipping conglomerate. Meanwhile, Cecilie is working just as hard with their father John “Big Wolf” Fredriksen saying, “I hope Cecilie takes over soon, I’m beginning to get tired.”
14. Kirsty Bertarelli
After being crowned Miss UK and placing 2nd in the Miss World pageant, you might think that Kirsty Bertarelli’s billions come from the beauty business but you’d be wrong. Through her marriage to Swiss businessman Ernesto Bertarelli and her family fortune from ceramics company Churchill China, Kirsty has claimed the top spot as Britain’s richest woman.
With $8.5 billion in the bank, Bertarelli has been able to see her dreams of being a successful songwriter come true. Kirsty has penned the lyrics to numerous chart-topping hits and has even recorded and released own album. Outside of the studio, Kirsty uses her billions to fund medical research and other philanthropic efforts.
15. The Andresen Sisters (Alexandra and Katharina)
For the last few years, there have been two names at the top of every “Youngest Billionaires” list, Alexandra and Katharina Andresen. The Norway natives, both in their very early 20s, boast $1.4 billion each from owning a portion of their father’s incredibly successful investment company, Ferd.
The financial cushion must be a comfort to Alexandra and Katharina as they begin to pursue their own respective careers. Alexandra is already an accomplished professional equestrian and dressage rider. Katharina is earning her stripes in the world of corporate finance as an intern at powerhouse firm Ernst & Young – maybe one day she’ll take over the family business.
16. Tatiana Casiraghi (née Santo Domingo)
Before marrying Andrea Casiraghi, son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, Tatiana Santo Domingo was wealthy in her own right. As the granddaughter of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, owner of the Santo Domingo Group and the Colombian Bavaria Brewery, Tatiana inherited a sixth of his fortune upon his passing.
Presently, Tatiana Casiraghi’s net worth is estimated at $1.6 billion thanks to her grandfather’s shares in beer company SABMiller, and of course, her own corporate efforts. Co-founded with close friend Dana Alikhani, Tatiana launched an online shop for artisan-made crafts, Muzungu Sisters. With a focus on ethical business practices and an impressive list of financial backers, Muzungu Sisters is sure to take off.
17. Georgina Bloomberg
Being born to media mogul Michael Bloomberg has had its pluses and minuses according to Georgina Bloomberg. According to Forbes, the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, has put away $52 billion as CEO of his eponymous business, and Georgina is blessed to be one of his beneficiaries.
Georgina once balked at being a Bloomberg, saying “having the last name Bloomberg sucks,” in the documentary film Born Rich. Since then she’s changed her tune, explaining “I’ve come to have a lot more respect for my parents and my last name and everything that my father has done and how hard he worked to provide a great life for us.”
18. Sara Blakely
Self-made businesswoman Sara Blakely has built an empire that’s earned her $1.14 billion. As the founder of the intimate apparel company Spanx, Sara has shaped the shapewear industry. After coming up with the idea at the age of 27, Sara put in her whole life savings, just $5,000, into its development.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure of squeezing themselves into a pair of Spanx, the foundation garment is meant to make its wearer appear thinner and, based on its popularity, it works wonders. When Oprah Winfrey included Spanx on her list of favorite things, sales spiked. Since then Sara’s seen nothing but success.
19. Aerin Lauder
If the last name wasn’t enough of a giveaway, Aerin Lauder is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, the founder of the cosmetics company of the same name. Aerin has followed in her family’s footsteps and, in addition to serving as the style and image director of the Estée Lauder Companies, she has launched her own line.
Taking a page from her grandmother’s book, Aerin Lauder’s line is called “AERIN,” and includes makeup, fragrances, fashion, furniture, and accessories. With her self-named company taking off and 16 million shares of the family business, Aerin’s valued at a pretty penny, an approximate $1 billion.
20. Holly Branson
As the oldest daughter of billionaire eccentric and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Holly had a healthy dose of her father’s drive when she became a Doctor of Medicine at the University College London. After realizing that she could have a wider reach through her father’s company, Holly became a member of the Virgin Group Leadership team.
Holly’s passion is still helping people and she prides herself on using her unique position as a billionaire to bring about positive change. With $3.8 billion in the bank to back up all her philanthropic work, Holly agrees with her father’s outlook, “As dad would say, business should make lives better.”
21. Anna Getty
As a scion of the great Getty family, Anna Getty is unsurprisingly flush with family cash, coming in with a net worth around $5 billion. But it’s been tough for Anna to break away from her family’s past as she tries to make a name for herself in Hollywood.
The adopted daughter of John Paul Getty III, Anna has had the dark cloud of her father’s infamous kidnapping and eventual release casting a shadow over her life. With all of the Hollywood adaptations of her father’s story hitting the big and small screen, Anna’s been back in the spotlight. Luckily, her work as a producer stands on its own.
22. Laurene Powell Jobs
Being the wife of Steve Jobs means Laurene gets a whole lot more than free iPhones for life. Upon his untimely passing, Laurene inherited the Steven P. Jobs Trust, giving her a 7.3% stake in The Walt Disney Company and 38.5 million shares of Apple Inc. Altogether, Laurene Powell Jobs is valued at $17.9 billion.
Laurene doesn’t just idly live off the billions but has instead opted to use her comfortable financial situation to advocate for those less fortunate. As the executive and founder of the Emerson Collective, Powell Jobs strives for social justice and education reform, in addition to her many philanthropic pursuits.
23. Anna Anissimova Shafer
Once known as the “Russian-American Paris Hilton,” Anna Anissimova is valued at a hefty $3.4 billion, primarily from her Russian oligarch father Vasily Anisimov. After an adolescence spent largely living on her own in New York City, Anna eventually married film producer Peter Shafer and pursued a career in acting.
But don’t let all of Anna’s wealth change any perceptions of her lifestyle, as she explained, “I want people to know that I am an average girl. Everything I did in my past and all the money that I have doesn’t define what I am like or who I am.”
24. Athina Onassis
As the only granddaughter of famous Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, Athina Onassis is the sole heir to his vast fortune. Despite being listed among the world’s wealthiest, no one has an exact number for the heiress’ net worth, although most estimates put it at $1 billion.
Upon Aristotle’s untimely passing, his fortune was divided among his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, and his daughter Christina, Athina’s mother. When her mother Christina passed away, Athina became a billionaire before she was even 10 years old. But all the money in the world can’t compete with the thrill Athina gets from her true passion, competitive horse show jumping.
25. Dylan Lauren
When your father is the one and only Ralph Lauren, there’s no way Dylan Lauren wasn’t always the best-dressed girl wherever she went. But instead of following in her father’s fashionable footsteps and becoming a designer, Dylan found her life’s calling at the tender age of six years old.
After a fateful viewing of the classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Dylan was inspired to create a candy shop equally wonderful and whimsical. Dylan’s Candy Bar, the self-proclaimed “largest candy store in the world,” has been a huge hit with sweet-toothed shoppers, adding to the heiress’ payday and putting her net worth at $2 billion.
26. Anastasia Soare
While working as an aesthetician, Soare realized that too many people weren’t reaching their full eyebrow potential and decided she could do something about it. Building her entire business on eyebrows ended up being a brilliant idea because years later her cosmetics company has banked the beautician $1 billion.
Soare launched her self-named cosmetics company, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and has since watched it grow to be included in almost 2,000 stores internationally. Owning 100% of the business, Soare brings in the big bucks. Additionally, Anastasia can boast having groomed and styled all the best brows in the business, including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Faye Dunaway.
27. Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala
When beer is your family business, you can bet that your bank account will be in the billions – it certainly is for Mexican businesswoman Maria Asuncion Aramburuzabala. Mexican brewery Cerveceria Modelo has banked Maria $5.9 billion, making her the second richest woman in Mexico.
When Maria’s father, the executive vice president of the brewery passed away unexpectedly, there was a power play for the family’s share of the beer business but his wife and two daughters, including Maria, bound together to beat them out for control of the company. After Grupo Modelo was bought out by Anheuser-Busch, Maria took the sale profits and reinvested them in the business. Beer must be in her blood!
28. Delphine Arnault
After earning degrees at the prestigious London School of Economics and EDHEC Business School in France, Delphine worked her way around the high fashion world before becoming the director and executive vice president of Louis Vuitton. Sure, it may help that she’s the daughter of the Chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault, but the company’s recent success is all Delphine’s doing.
There’s no denying that Delphine has been instrumental in Louis Vuitton’s latest success. Most recently, it was announced that Arnault would be joining the executive committee, making her both the youngest member and only the second woman in the room.
29. Honorable mention: Huda Kattan
From humble beginnings to hundreds of millions, Huda Kattan started her career in the beauty business as a makeup artist before taking her sisters’ advice and starting a beauty blog. “Huda Beauty” became her place to share makeup tutorials and beauty tips and people were happy to have Huda’s expertise – the blog blew up!
A few years later the blog was turned into a cosmetics line, Huda Beauty. Currently, Huda Kattan has $550 million to her name but based on the rapid growth of her beauty business and her new reality series Huda Boss, she’s sure to be a billionaire in no time.