More women are ensuring a growing presence on the list of global billionaires.

According to the most recent data from Forbes, of the 2,781 billionaires worldwide, 369 are women, constituting 13.3% of the total, up from 337 in 2023, when women represented 12.8% of the list.

Collectively, these 369 female billionaires have a staggering wealth of nearly $1.8 billion, marking an increase of about $240 billion compared to the previous year, 2023.

However, the combined net worth of the 10 richest female billionaires of 2024 is estimated at $468.6 billion.

Around 90% of the 10 richest women inherited their fortunes, either from their fathers, their husbands or, in one case, their mothers.

The exception in this elite group is MacKenzie Scott, whose wealth resulted from a 2019 divorce settlement. Here are the 10 richest women in the world in 2024.

Abigail Johnson, 62, holds a $29 billion fortune as head of mutual fund powerhouse Fidelity. Taking the reins as CEO in 2014 following the passing of her father, Edward “Ned” Johnson III, in 2022, she holds an approximate 28.5% stake in the company.

Fidelity, founded by his grandfather in 1946, manages assets totaling $4.9 trillion. Johnson's return to the top 10 richest women marks a rebound from 11th place the previous year.

Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest woman with a net worth of $30.8 billion, oversees mining and agriculture company Hancock Prospecting Group. At age 70, Rinehart inherited the company from her late father, Lang Hancock, who passed away in 1992.

His wealth has increased 14% since March 2023, reflecting the continued growth and success of Hancock Prospecting Group under his leadership.

Adelson and his family own more than half of Las Vegas Sands, one of the largest casino operators in the world. With a net worth of $32 billion, the bulk of her fortune came after her husband, longtime GOP kingmaker Sheldon Adelson, died in 2021 and she inherited his holdings.

Rafaela Aponte-Diamant re-enters the top 10 of the world's richest women billionaires in 2024, with a net worth of US$33.1 billion.

His wealth comes from a thriving business venture that began with a modest loan of $200,000 to buy a ship.

Alongside her husband Gianluigi Aponte, she co-founded MSC in 1970, each holding a 50% stake in the company. MSC has evolved to become the largest shipping company in the world since its inception.

Savitri Jindal, the richest woman in India, regains her position on the list after being absent in 2023. Widow of Om Prakash Jindal, founder of the Jindal Group who passed away in 2005, she now chairs the conglomerate. The Jindal Group operates across multiple sectors including steel, power, cement and infrastructure.

After her husband's death in a helicopter crash, the group's assets were divided between her four children, each managing their respective businesses independently. Ranked as the 12th richest woman in 2023, Jindal's fortune has increased due to rising stock prices.

At 53, MacKenzie Scott has a net worth of $35.6 billion, mostly from her 4% stake in her ex-husband Jeff Bezos' Amazon empire.

Notably, Scott has committed to giving away most of his wealth. In March, it disbursed $640 million to 361 organizations selected through a competitive funding process. His lifetime philanthropic contributions have soared to $17.3 billion, comprising countless spontaneous and unrestricted donations.

Jacqueline, known for her involvement in Mars Inc., the candy and pet food conglomerate that she co-owns with her brother, John Mars, along with her late brother Forrest Jr.'s four daughters, has a net worth of US$38.5 billion in 2024.

The company owns iconic brands such as M&Ms, Snickers, Ben's Original and Pedigree dog food. Founded by his grandfather, Frank C. Mars, who began selling buttercream candy out of his kitchen in 1911, the company has evolved into a global powerhouse. Jacqueline's son Stephen Badger holds a seat on the Mars board

Julia Koch reappears on this year's list with a net worth of US$64.3 billion, marking an increase of US$5 billion compared to the US$59 billion recorded in 2023.

Widowed since the death of her husband, David Koch, in 2019, Julia, 61, and her three children inherited a significant 42% stake in Koch Industries.

The conglomerate spans several industries, including petroleum refining, medical technology and household products such as paper towels. In addition to her business ties, Julia serves as a curator at the esteemed Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alice Walton, with a net worth of $72.3 billion, is the richest woman in America. Her fortune has increased by $15.6 billion this year, driven by a remarkable 34% increase in Walmart's share price over the past 12 months.

As the only daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton (who died in 1992), she diverged from her brothers' path by not serving on the retailer's board. Instead, she devoted her energies to the arts, primarily establishing the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in her hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Françoise Meyers holds the title of richest woman in the world for the fourth year in a row. As the granddaughter of the L'Oréal founder and heiress to the family fortune, her main source of wealth is her nearly 35% stake in cosmetics giant L'Oréal Group.

With annual revenues of 45 billion dollars and prestigious brands such as Maybelline, Kiehl's and Lancôme, his fortune comes from the inheritance he inherited from his mother, Liliane Bettencourt, who debuted for the first time on the Forbes billionaires list in 2018 with a net worth of 42.2 billion dollars.