#2 – Margarita Louis-Dreyfus ($8.2 Billion)
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus was born in Leningrad in the USSR during the 60s. She possesses a true rags-to-riches story, having grown up in an orphanage during her youth. A young Louis-Dreyfus studied at a trade school in order to become a retail account and saleswoman. In 1988, she met and married Robert Louis-Dreyfus, a deeply influential French businessman who was the chairman of Louis Dreyfus Group, a conglomerate company that has its talons in the energy, agricultural, and shipping industries.
In 2009, Robert died after a long battle with leukemia, which resulted in Margarita taking up the business in his place. She hasn’t just maintained the status quo, however — many argue that the Russian-born businesswoman has drastically changed and improved the company during her time there. She currently resides in Zurich in Switzerland.