The list of the top ten richest American women contains a number of household names, along with a few women who are relatively unknown to most people. These women and their wealth sources span a number of different industries from candy to technology. The Cox, Walton, and Duncan families enjoy a dynastic presence on the list and each occupies multiple places on the top ten list. The data was compiled from Forbes
1. Alice Walton (Net Worth $38.2 billion)
She is not only the richest American woman, but the richest woman in the world. Alice has a net worth of $38.2 billion as of Oct 17, 2017. Ms. Walton is the daughter of Sam Walton and Helen Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. She was reported to own over $11BN in Walmart shares. Alice Walton received her education at Trinity University, earning a BA in finance and economics. After her graduation, she started working as a money manager and equity analyst for First Commerce Inc. Alice had an interest in art since childhood, and played an important part in the development of the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Arkansas. She opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown, Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum features works from the likes of Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell and Mark Rothko. Her personal collection is valued in the hundreds of millions.