The top 10 richest women in Australia list would be particularly interesting to feminists, women empowerment activists, but also very useful to anybody who is just interested in the subject of wealth. You would be surprised to find that women have risen to fearsome heights in Australia when it comes to wealth and power.
As a matter of fact, the richest person in Australia is presently a woman; and she doubles as the richest woman in the whole world. Looking at this list, one gets the impression that Australia is flowing with money. Whether that notion is true or false will depend to a large extent on your point of view. We now give you the top 10 richest women in Australia.
Top 10 Richest Women In Australia 2020
1. Gina Rinehart
- Estimated Net Worth: $14.8 Billion
- Industry: mining
Georgina Rinehart is the richest woman in Australia and the world. She is estimated to be worth around $14.8 billion dollars. Her business is mining when she doubled her mining interests in about 10 years she proved that she is good at it.
As all smart investors do, Gina Rinehart has diversified her finances; she has invested heavily in the media, and also in agriculture. With her money comes power; she decides in her office what affects thousands of employees in her employ, and news from her house will certainly send ripples down the Australian economy.
2. Bianca Rinehart
- Estimated Net Worth: $3.1 Billion dollar
- Industry: mining
The house of Rinehart continues to dominate Australia as Bianca Rinehart, daughter of Gina Rinehart comes in second place with an estimated fortune of about $3.1 Billion Dollars. She is a minority shareholder in her family’s company and trustee to the family trust fund worth about 2 billion dollars.
Bianca Rinehart is Australia’s mining Queen in waiting, as she is billed to succeed her mother in the management of the family’s holdings. She is already been wooed by businessmen and women, they know the kind of power she has.
3. Fiona Geminder
- Estimated Net Worth: $2.3 Billion dollars
- Industry: manufacturing
Fiona Geminder is a beautiful woman from another fearfully powerful family in Australia; the Pratt family. With an estimated wealth of about $2.3 Billion Dollars, she is the third richest woman in Australia. She owns almost 40% of listed plastics-packaging business Pact Group, which is an investment she made with her husband Raphael Geminder.
She is a key person, with a large holding in her family’s paper packaging and recycling business, Visy Asia-Pacific. Her holdings alone in Visy Asia Pacific qualify her as a billionaire, a status she shares with fellow key people at the company; her brother Anthony Pratt and sister Heloise Pratt.
4. Heloise Pratt
- $1.76 Billion dollars
- Industry: manufacturing, investment
Heloise Pratt was once Heloise Waislitz but retook her family name when her marriage crashed. She is the sister of Anthony Pratt and Fiona Geminder, both of whom are also fantastically wealthy. Like her siblings mentioned above, she is a key person in the family venture; Visy Asia- Pacific, which is based in Melbourne.
But she is an adventurer by her own right; she built Thorney Investments with her husband, Alex Waislitz before the marriage broke down. Thorney Investments has holdings in more than 20 publicly traded companies, and they have broad interests from gas and mining services to renewable energy, biotech, and airline travel.
5. Angela Bennett
- Estimated Net Worth: $1.65 Billion dollars
- Industry: mining
Angela Bennett is another fabulously wealthy person from another one of Australia’s mining families. She has been a savvy businesswoman, quietly running her family business and piling up the money.
She heads Wright Prospecting, the company founded by her father. She is also a beneficiary of her late brother’s winery investments and was recently compensated with 1 billion Australian dollars for some illegal action against her interests by Gina Rinehart.
6. Gretel Packer
- Estimated Net Worth: $1.6 Billion Dollars
- Industry: casinos
Gretel Lees Packer is an Australian billionaire. She is an investor, but mostly known for her philanthropy. She is the daughter of Kerry Packer, a media magnate. However, after the death of her father, she inherited investments in Crown Resorts. She does not occupy an executive position at the company, but Crown Resorts makes her rich.
She has donated generously to community activities and charities aligned to the arts, education, and environmental science. She is the vice president at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and she is Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Crown Resorts. She has other similar interests as well.
7. Judith Neilson
- Estimated Wealth: $1.02 Billion dollars
- Industry: investments
Judith Neilson is the former wife of billionaire Kerr Neilson. Make no mistake about it, she is also a billionaire by her own right, with a property portfolio to her name. She is also a property connoisseur; she started a new art gallery in Sydney called Phoenix. The centre doubles as a performance centre.
Her gallery showcases one of the world’s biggest collections of contemporary Chinese art. Aside from her art investments, she continues to hold a stake in Platinum Asset Management, which her former husband set up.
8. Melanie Perkins
- 1 billion
- Industry: Technology
Melanie Perkins is an Australian businesswoman and investor. Her business is technology. She attained fame and recognition when her online graphic design and publishing tool Canva became a success. Melanie Perkins is one of the youngest and brightest female CEOs in Australia.
Her business is valued at over 1 billion dollars and continues to be popular among Australians, and the Asia pacific.
9. Shemara Wikramanayake
Shemara Wikramanayake is an Australian Wealth Manager and businesswoman. She is currently the Managing director and CEO of the Macquarie group. Before becoming managing director of the group, she served as group head of Macquarie Asset Management.
10. Elizabeth Gaines
Elizabeth Gaines is a businesswoman who has gradually worked her way to the top, having learned the ropes in the mining industry. She serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of iron ore company Fortescue Metals Group.
She is characterized by a strong passion for success which drives her forward, as evident by some bold decisions she has made as CEO of Fortescue Metals Group.
Closing On The Richest Women In The World
Women are well represented in almost every sector of the Australian economy. From mining to technology, to business, you find women doing well. Quite surprisingly, the richest women in Australia are not involved in fashion, or cosmetics, as one could rightly expect. This may be a bad sign for the Australian fashion and beauty industries; the money could be flowing out of the country.