Laurene Powell Jobs ranked richest woman in Silicon Valley by Forbes

20 September, 2012 by Macworld Australia Staff
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Laurene Powell Jobs – widow of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs – has been named by Forbes as one of the richest people in the world, with an estimated US$11 billion fortune.

The Forbes 400 list, which profiles and ranks America’s richest citizens by their estimated net worths, placed Powell Jobs as the 28th wealthiest person in the world, and the richest woman in Silicon Valley after inheriting billions of dollars amassed by her late husband Steve Jobs.

Forbes writes:

“A Stanford business school student when she met her husband, Powell once started a natural foods company and was an angel investor in SocialCam, a mobile video-sharing startup bought by Autodesk for $60 million in July.

She also founded 2 nonprofits: College Track, designed to ensure admittance to and graduation from college for underserved students, and the Emerson Collective, which works with entrepreneurs on immigration reform, social justice and conservation. She was recently appointed to Stanford’s board of trustees.”

This is the first time Powell Jobs has been featured on the Forbes 400 list, joining 19 other newcomers such as Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey (worth a reported US$1.1 billion),

At the top of Forbes‘ rich list is Bill Gates, worth US$66 billion, up US$7 billion from last year.

For the full Forbes 400 list, click here.

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