Country: Sweden Company: Axel Johnson Group Net Worth: $9.8 Billion.
Antonia Axson Johnson was born in 1943 in New York City. She attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned her master’s degree in psychology and economics at Stockholm University. She has also received an honorary doctorate in civil law from Bishop’s University in Quebec. Johnson is the main shareholder of the Axel Johnson Group. The company was founded by her great-grandfather in 1873 and has since been a family-run business.
Over time it became a holding company with four independent companies under one common ownership. Numerous companies under Axel are traded both on the LSE and the NYSE. Antonia took over the company in 1982 and is the main owner and shareholder.
Country: USA Company: PSP Capital Partners, Pritzker Realty Group Net Worth: $3.2 Billion.
The Pritzker family manages some of the biggest conglomerates in America, with Penny’s father in charge of the Hyatt Hotel chain. As the head of the Pritzker Realty Group, Penny developed apartment buildings, shopping malls, and even an entire neighborhood in Florida.
Her work was noticed by former President Barack Obama, who invited Pritzker to be his Secretary of Commerce. She turned down the offer due to family obligations and potential conflicts of interest. Instead, she was an advisor to the Obama administration on foreign relations and sat on the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In 2013, after selling her interest in many companies and resigning from her duties, Pritzker was sworn in as Secretary of Commerce.
Country: Chile Company: Antofagasta PLC Net Worth: $24.1 Billion.
Iris Fontbona, the billionaire business owner, was born in Santiago, Chile. She is Chile’s richest person and also a well-known philanthropist. Fontbona has investments and holdings in numerous companies all over the world. After her husband’s death in 2005, Fontbona inherited some of his businesses and has managed to make them more successful than ever.
Her other business holdings include a line of luxury hotel chains and resorts in Croatia and in southern Europe. She also owns 70% of the shares in Canal 13, one of Chile’s most popular television stations. Her charitable work focuses on helping children with disabilities, and she has appeared on several telethons.
Country: USA Company: Walmart Net Worth: $60.2 Billion.
Walton started out as a money manager and equity specialist for First Commerce Corporation. She also worked as an investment advisor and a broker at a number of companies before starting her own business called Llama Company. It was an investment bank where Walton served as president, chairwoman, and CEO.
The company played an important role in establishing the Northwest Regional Airport in Arkansas. In 2015, she moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to focus on her latest project — an art museum she founded called Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She is an art lover and an avid collector. She recently acquired a Durand painting at Sotheby’s gallery in New York for $35 million.
Country: Italy Company: Prada Net Worth: $5.2 Billion.
Prada was born in 1949 in Milan, Italy. She attended the University of Milan, where she received her Ph.D. in political science. She managed to impress Prada bosses in 1985 when she designed a line of finely woven handbags made from nylon. Seven years later, she got the chance to introduce the secondary brand of Miu Miu.
Miu Miu, while less expensive than Prada, is still very much a luxury fashion brand. Miuccia, who was showing her work at Milan Fashion Week, began to also exhibit her work at the New York and London fashion weeks in the 1990s. Since then, Prada has become one of the most iconic names in the world of fashion.