Women Still Lag Way Behind Uber-Rich Men

A record number of women ranked among the 1,000 richest people in the U.K. this year.

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

It’s no secret that women are smart, successful and pretty much rule when it comes to, well, everything.

We have high-powered jobs. We raise the kids. We take care of the cleaning and the shopping. We volunteer at school. Sometimes, we even cook some truly amazing meals.

And now, we’re starting to get paid for all that hard work. It’s about time!

The Wall Street Journal reports that a record number of women made Britain’s Sunday Times' Rich List, which ranks the 1,000 richest people in the U.K.

All of the 105 women on the list are worth $114 million or more, according to the newspaper, but, although we’ve come a long way, there’s still a big hill ahead of us.

Women account for just 10 percent of the rich, the Journal reports, and most of the millionaire money for women comes from inheritance, divorce or marriage. To wit: Number one on the Brit list: songwriter and former Miss U.K. Kirsty Bertarelli, married to the man who founded the Serono biotech company. Number two: Heineken beer heiress Charlene de Carvalho.

The Journal says it’s about the same here in the United States, with about 10 percent of the Forbes list comprised of women.

Still, we’re pleased to see our wealth is on the rise. That mountaintop is getting closer all the time—and we don’t need a man to buy us new hiking boots.

 

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First Published May 11, 2011

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