The wealthiest women has been named within each major global region, with Christy Walton remaining the richest in the world. Wealth-X has calculated her net worth to currently stand at US $37.9 billion.
Another recent report from Wealth-X and UBS shows there are 286 female billionaires worldwide, accounting for 12.3 percent of the total billionaire population of 2,325. The average age of a female billionaire is 61 years old and female billionaires control 12.8 percent of the world’s total billionaire wealth - $7.3 trillion.
The Wealth-X list takes the business address of each individual and lists “Pacific” as the main constituents of Australasia; Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
The richest women of each region:
The Walmart heiress inherited a vast fortune when her husband, John T Walton, passed in 2005 and remains the 10th richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
Liliane Bettencourt is the oldest of the pack as the wealthiest woman in Europe. The 92-year-old is the heiress of French cosmetic giant L’Oreal.
Rinehart has been Australia's wealthiest person since 2011. The Australian mining heiress and Chairman of Hancock Prospecting group is also the fourth richest woman in the world.
Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim (pictured) has three daughters in the list, owing to a massive asset transfer that began in 2003. His three sons - Carlos, Marco Antonio and Patrick - are reported to be equally well off.
The list’s youngest is 33-year-old Yang Huiyan, whose scored 70 percent of her father’s real estate development firm, Country Garden Group, before its 2007 IPO.
AFRICA - Folorunsho Alakija - $1.2 billion