There Are 145 Female Billionaires in the World Today

Yes, women have outpaced men in joining the billionaire ranks in the past two decades.

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In 1995, only 22 women in the world qualified as billionaires. Today, that number is up to 145.

The figure is part of a new study (opens in new tab) released by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report also found that women are outpacing men in becoming billionaires and showed the fleeting nature of immense wealth: "only 126 billionaires, or 44 percent, of the class of 1995 are billionaires today."

The study surveyed 1,300 people in the 14 markets that account for 75 percent of global billionaire wealth.

The billionaire leagues are still dominated by men, according to CNN (opens in new tab), with 1,202 of them making up about 90 percent of the ranking compared to the 145 female billionaires like Theranos (opens in new tab) founder Elizabeth Holmes (above).

The full report is available here (opens in new tab).

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Sam Dangremond is a Contributing Digital Editor at Town & Country, where he covers men's style, cocktails, travel, and the social scene.