7 Things to Know about the Richest Woman in the World

Born on July the 10th in 1953, Francoise Buttencourt Meyers is now known as the richest woman in the world, after inheriting L'Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company.

Here are a few fun facts about her and her fame:

Francoise is the granddaughter of Eugene Schueller, a french pharmacist and the founder of L'Oréal. Dating back to 1908, Schueller created the very first synthetic hair dye which he named L'Oréal.

The success of his hair dye formula has led to the opening of the L'Oréal company.

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers was the daughter of Liliane Bettencourt, who was one of the principal shareholders of the company, and also known as the 14th richest person in the world at the time of her death.

After her mother’s death in 2017, Francoise inherited close to $40 billion. Being the only granddaughter of Eugene, she now owns 33% of the company, with a net worth of $89.3 billion.

In addition to being the majority shareholder of L'Oréal, Francoise is the president of her family’s philanthropic foundation that supports French science and arts.

She is the author of a few literature books on the Jewish and Catholic religion, and Greek mythology.

Francoise is also a mother of two and the wife of French businessman Jean-Pierre Meyers, who is also the chairman of the Board of Directors at L'Oréal.

She is quite introverted and takes time in her daily schedule to play the piano, her favorite instrument.