3. Liliane Bettencourt
This 92-year-old French lady is no longer the richest woman in the world, though her wealth has increased this year thanks to her company’s stock price. Pushed to the 3rd place, but still with $38.8 billion she can hardly feel bad. Liliane has been the principal shareholder of L’Oreal since her father died in 1957. Since 2012, though, when she lost the legal battle with her daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, she is no longer involved in running L’Oreal. She was replaced on the company’s board by her 25-year-old grandson Jean-Victor Meyers.
Liliane is a big philanthropist. In 1987, together with her husband and daughter, she founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation (la Fondation Bettencourt Schueller) which supports and develops humanitarian, medical and cultural projects. This foundation also sponsors many prizes, for example, the annual “Liliane Bettencourt Prize for Life Sciences”, which is awarded to the top European biomedical researcher under the age of 45. Also, the foundation recently helped fund the Claude Monet wing at the Musée Marmottan Monet.