South Korea - Female billionaires on the rise.. North Korea - Still Only One, Kim Jong Un...

But most rich women inherit their fortunes from parent or husband!

Lee Myung-hee (Rank 1)1.57 trillion won ($1.46 billion)
Chairwoman of Shinsegae Group
Emart 1.18 trillion won ($1.1 billion)
Shinsegae 381 billion won ($355 million)

More and more women are becoming rich, but they still remain a minority in the world of the superrich despite their improving status and active participation in society.

According to the 2014 World’s Billionaires list recently unveiled by Forbes, in which the 1,645 super-wealthy were ranked, a total of 172 women made the list, up 25 percent from a year earlier but constituting a mere 10 percent of the world’s mega-rich.

Yet, most of the women inherited their fortune from a parent or husband. Only 32 female billionaires, or 1.9 percent of the total, built their own fortune, U.K. daily the Guardian reported. It might take another generation for self-made superrich women to rise to the top.

The situation in Korea does not look to be very different. Women of various ages from their early 20s to their 70s took the top slots on the ranking of the richest women, but all of them were born into a wealthy family or had an affluent husband. About half of them were involved in managing a company.

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