March 8, 2012 at 8:00 AM ET
The Forbes billionaires list isn’t quite a He-Man Woman Haters Club, but it’s not exactly a picture of gender parity either. The list has far more men than women, even though a record 104 women made the list this time.
Of note about the women involved in the Forbes ranking:
Christy Walton of Wal-Mart family fame was the richest at $25.3 billion. She pulled down almost $200 million in dividends from the world’s largest retailer this year.
Europe's richest woman, France’s Liliane Bettencourt, made her money from L’Oreal. Bettencourt is worth $24 billion.
Jacqueline Mars is is worth $13.8 billion. She and her brothers own the world’s largest candy company.
Savitri Jindal, of India, is the richest Asian on the list at $10.9 billion. Her fortune took a big hit as the steel business in her family’s conglomerate was forced to cut production after a court decree against iron ore mining in the southern part of the country.
Laurene Powell Jobs was added to the list after her husband, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, died last year. The inheritance made her worth $9 billion.
Miuccia Prada, who runs the fashion empire her grandfather Mario Prada founded, is worth $6.8 billion.
Yang Huiyan, China’s richest person in 2007 at $16.2 billion, has seen her net worth crumble to a paltry $4.7 billion this year. Most of her money has come from the family’s Hong Kong real estate business. Don’t worry about her too much. At 30, she’s among the youngest on the billionaires list and has a few years to earn it all back.
Chinese gambling mogul Pansy Ho is a newcomer to the list at $4.5 billion. One of 16 children of the mogul that developed the island of Macau into China’s version of Las Vegas, she runs her own company.
The chair of French advertising giant Publicis Groupe, Elisabeth Badinter, is another newcomer to the list at $1.1 billion.
Sara Blakely was 29 when she invested her then-life savings, $5,000, in an underwear venture. Spanx ended up becoming one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. She is another newcomer at $1 billion.