In all, 190 women made the 2016 billionaire ranking, seven fewer than last year. Leading the women is France's Liliane Bettencourt, the businesswoman, heiress and grand dame of cosmetics giant L'Oréal. She took the 11th spot overall with an estimated net worth of $36.1 billion, Forbes said.
The net worth of Christy Walton, widow of one of Walmart founder Sam Walton's sons, fell from an estimated $36.5 billion last year to $5.2 billion in 2016 based on what Forbes said was new details of how her fortune is split with her son, Lukas. That dropped Walton from the top-ranked woman billionaire last year to the 258th spot in 2016, the magazine said.
The new billionaire list also showed that:
- China had the most newcomers, adding 70 people to the ranking, more than the 33 first-timers from the U.S. But China also 42 drop-offs, leading in that category as well.
- Norwegian heiresses Alexandra Andresen, 19, and her sister, Katharina Andresen, 20, are the world's youngest billionaires, with an estimated fortune of $1.2 billion.
- The U.S. led the list with 540 billionaires, followed by China with 251, Germany with 120, India with 84 and Russia with 77.
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