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Men dominate the lists of the world's richest people. However, there are dozens of women whose net worth can tower into the billions. Some of these women are heiresses to million and even billion-dollar empires, some are self-made entrepreneurs and businesswomen, and some have used inherited fortunes to build empires of their own. Despite challenges, these women have risen above adversity in their fields to become magnates of the business world.

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1. Yang Huiyan

Yang Huiyan is a Chinese property developer and chief shareholder of Country Garden Holdings. This property development company has an estimated annual revenue of $33.8 billion, and Huiyan's share was mainly inherited from her father. She is 37 years old and has an estimated net worth of $25 billion. She is also a chairholder in Bright Scholar Education Holdings along with her aunt, who also appeared on the 2017 Forbes China Rich List. She holds a B.A. from the University of Ohio.

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