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5. Gina Rinehart

Age: 57 Country: Australia Net worth: $18 billion-$20 billion Notable company: Hancock Prospecting Current position: Chairman and Director, Hancock Prospecting

Gina Rinehart isn’t the typical multibillion-dollar heiress. She turned around her late father’s struggling mining concern, Hancock Prospecting, with an eye toward expansion and profit. Rinehart is in line to become the richest woman in the world next year, since she recently doubled her net worth by selling South Korean steel company Posco a percentage stake in Hancock’s Roy Hill iron-ore mine.

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