The world's richest women

The QueenWhile the Queen holds assets worth £17 billion in trust for the nation, her estimated personal wealth of about £300 million is a pittance in comparison to that of the world's richest women.

So just who are these female financial giants, and how did they make their money?

According to the 2011 Forbes list, just over 100 of the 1,210 billionaires in the world are women, and the top 20 hold the purse strings to a massive $232 billion (£175 billion). Here, we list the top five.

World's richest women

World's richest women

More stories