The 5 richest Latin American women in the world

These 5 women represent Latin America in a list dominated largely by men

Luiza Helena Trajano.

Luiza Helena Trajano is among the women highlighted by the Forbes list. / Photo: Wikimedia - Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / Agência Brasil

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When it comes to lists about billionaires, Forbes is the most used reference due to its specialization in financial matters. However, the real-time ranking called "Real Time Billonaires" is made up of just over 2,000 people, of which only 234 are women. In addition, of all the ladies present, Forbes notes that only 67 of them made their fortune from scratch and by themselves , while the rest owes their fortune to family or partner inheritances as well as divorce distributions. Also, despite the fact that the number of women present decreased compared to 2019, this year the fortune as a whole is greater.

Among the women on the list, we've analyzed the top 5 Latinas:

5) María Helena Moraes

Brazil is the Latin American country with the most presence on the Forbes list, that's where 89-year-old Mrs. Moraes comes from. Her fortune is currently 1.7 billion dollars, this places her in the 1135 position of the richest people in the world. Her money comes mainly from a family business founded by her late father in 1918, called Grupo Votorantim, one of the largest conglomerates of companies in the region, focusing mainly on energy, banking, mining, and metals businesses as well as infrastructure. According to BN Americas, this group is operated between María Helena and her brother Ermirio Pereira, so it remains in the hands of her family.

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4) Dulce Pugliese de Godoy

Another Brazilian on the list, Mrs. Pugliese is 72 years old and makes 955th place among the wealthiest people in the world, this thanks to her fortune of 2,500 million dollars , the great businesses of Pugliese started when together with her husband they co-founded AMIL, a healthcare company that in a few years became the largest in Latin America. Pugliese would keep 33% of the company after the divorce with her husband, 90% of AMIL would be sold in 2012 for $ 4.9 billion in cash by a US insurer. On the other hand, Pugliese has 48% of DASA, a company of medical diagnosis, food testing and clinical laboratory among other services, according to Reuters review.

3) Luiza Helena Trajano

A 68-year-old Brazilian, Luiza accumulates a fortune of 3,000 million dollars, this makes her number 775 among billionaires in the world. Luiza trained as an apprentice to take care of her parents' family business, a retail store called Magazine Luiza. Years later she would become CEO of the company that currently has more than 1,000 stores around Brazil. Luiza would be responsible for the growth in the online sales system that now generates 40% of the revenue for the store. She owns 17% of the company and gave the position of CEO to her son, so he is now part of the chairmanship of the board.

2) María Asunción Aramburuzabala

We leave Brazil to enter Mexico, the country of origin of Mrs. María Aramburuzabala. With 57 years of age, she is a recognized businesswoman from her country, has a fortune of 5.8 billion dollars and is ranked 334. Her great fortune also comes from a family business in the beer industry founded by her grandfather, this is the Grupo Modelo , which she took over in 1995 after the death of her father, which was seen as unusual. However, María would reinforce the international image of the company so it would be purchased by AB InBev in 2013 at a price of 20,000 million dollars, although she still retains shares in the company. María would found the investment firm Tresalia Capital with her mother and sister, which mainly operates in telecommunications, real estate, education, fashion, among others, according to Bumeran.

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1) Iris Fontbona

Born in Chile, Mrs. Fontbona is the wealthiest Latina woman in the world, at 77 years of age she has a wealth of $ 13.2 billion, making her 114th among the richest people on the planet. Iris took over her husband's company with her children after his death in 2005, her businesses are varied since she controls Antofagasta Plc, a private group specialized in mining. She also participates in Quiñenco, a conglomerate with investments in beverage, food, manufacturing, energy, and transportation companies, among other businesses, which makes her the wealthiest person in all of Chile.