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World’s richest women by region

With the world's billionaire population hitting an all-time high this year, global billionaire wealth now stands at a whopping $7.3 trillion.

Women control almost 13 percent of this wealth and account for 12.3 percent of the world's total billionaire population, according to the recently published report by ultra-high net worth data firm Wealth-X and Swiss bank UBS.

Of the world's 286 female billionaires, the average age is 61. Here, using data from Wealth-X and the UBS Billionaire Census 2014, we take a look at who the wealthiest women by region are and how they made their fortunes.

—By CNBC's Jenny Cosgrave
Posted 29 Oct. 2014

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