#17 – Liliane Bettencourt – $31 Billion
This loving and charming French lady who is at the moment over 90 years old, is the richest woman of Europe and the second-richest woman in the world.
Reason for Liliane’s immense wealth was her former ownership over L’Oreal Cosmetics Company. Although Liliane doesn’t anymore regulate L’Oreal Company’s business, she is still the company’s largest shareholder. Liliane founded L’Oreal together with her late husband in the early 20th century and the company became the standard in world of cosmetics.