Happy International Women's Day: Top 5 Richest Women in the World

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  • Liliane Bettencourt
    Fortune: $24 B as of March 2012 Liliane Bettencourt is the second richest women in the world. The 89-year-old is Europe’s richest woman who suffers from dementia.
  • Birgit Rausing
    Fortune: $14 B as of March 2012 Rausing is the fifth richest women. The 89-year-old inherited packaging giant Tetra Laval after her husband Gad Rausing died in 2000. In 1944 her father-in-law founded the company, which revolutionized the packaging of liquids such as juices and milk.
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The International Women's Day, originally known as the International Working Women's Day, is traditionally celebrated March 8.

The day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of women and their existence in the society.

According to regions, the celebrations vary from celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements.

Women are not behind men when it comes to achievements - be it economic, political or social. For example, women always find a good presence on Forbes' list of world's richest people. There is no exception this year also.  

Christy Walton has topped the list of world's richest women consequently for seven times on the list.

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