Friday, March 07, 2008

The World's Richest Woman

Who is she?

Liliane Bettencourt

Forbes lists Liliane Bettencourt 17th among the wealthiest people in the world, with a net worth of USD 22.9 billion:

Daughter of L'Oreal founder Eugene Schueller, a man who is said to have a checkered past with wartime ties to the Nazi regime, Liliane is the world's richest woman, thanks to her controlling stake in the cosmetics giant. She has held the stock for more than four decades. She became a widow last November when her 88-year old husband, Andre Bettencourt died. Her Bettencourt Schueller Foundation supports medical, cultural and humanitarian endeavors in France and developing countries.

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