Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt (21 October 1922 – 21 September 2017) was a French heiress, socialite and businesswoman. She was one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal.
At the time of her death, she was the richest woman, and the 14th richest person in the world, with a net worth of US$44.3 billion.
Forbes ranked Bettencourt in its list of the world’s wealthiest persons with an estimated fortune of US$38.8 billion (as of 28 June 2016). As of 2016, she was the top female billionaire in the world, and was also the richest person in France.
In 2005, Forbes judged her to be the 39th most powerful woman in the world.
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