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
10. Pamela Mars (Net Worth $6.3 billion)
Pamela Mars is one of the heirs of the Mars family. Along with her sisters she inherited about 8% ownership stake in Mars Inc. on the death of her father, Mars Jr. in 2016. She also has an estimated net worth of $6.3 billion. Pamela has played various roles in the family company since her initial job in 1986. At present, she acts as the ambassador of the family to the company’s pet care division. Mars Inc. acquired an animal hospital chain in September 2017.
In a number of respects, the top ten richest American women is not a diverse group. All of them are white and inherited the majority of their wealth. Another similarity is that all these women are more than 40 years old. In addition, most of them do not play an active part in the direction or management of their companies from which they derive the bulk of their wealth.