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
2. Jacqueline Mars (Net Worth $25.5 billion)
Jacqueline Mars is the second richest woman and 16th richest American valued at over $25B. Jacqueline is a one-third owner of the world’s largest candymaker in the world, Mars. Born in Oct 1939, she graduated Bryn Mawr College in 1961 with a degree in anthropology. Ms Mars worked for the company for nearly 20 years and served on the board until 2016. She is a well-known philanthropist and serves on six boards including at the Smithsonian and the National Archives. Her brother John owns one third of Mars, as did her brother Forrest Jr., until his death in July 2016.