Just under four per cent of the UK’s billionaires are women, giving it one of the world’s widest gender gaps among the super-wealthy.
A breakdown of billionaires by gender has revealed Britain has the tenth lowest percentage of female millionaires. We have twice as many billionaires called David (four) as we do female billionaires (two).
Of the 1,826 billionaires in the world, 197 are women. Trilby Rajna from MVF, who put together the index, called the results “surprising”:
It shows that gender equality at the top is a consistent problem. Emphasis on policies and processes that provide tools and encouragement to female entrepreneurs from a young age is vital to combating gender inequality at all levels.
So where are you most likely to find a female billionaire?
South America leads the way, as almost a quarter of its wealthiest are women. Asia, meanwhile, has just seven per cent female billionaires.
As for the country with largest proportion of female billionaires – well, the answer may come as a surprise.
Angola comes out top: a cool 100 per cent of the country’s billionaires are women. There’s just one hitch – there is only one billionaire in the country: investor Isobel Dos Santos, considered by Forbes to be the richest woman in Africa.
Looking just at countries with 10 or more billionaires reveals Chile and Switzerland come out top.
The less equal end of the scale makes for a pretty empty chart. There are seven countries with at least ten billionaires where not a single one of them is female.
The Approved Index is based on Forbes’ list of billionaires.