March is Women's History Month and International Women's Day just passed on March 8,

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also observed in support of taking action against gender inequality around the world. We all know the world couldn’t run without women (we mean, just listen to Beyoncé).

Let's take a look at some of the wealthiest women in New York State - all 13 of these women are billionaires. Women have come so far in recent decades, especially when it comes to building wealth.

9. Diane Kemper - $2.8 billion

Kemper's wealth comes from real estate in New York City. She and her siblings own Solil Management - one of the largest rental property owners in NYC. Her father Sol Goldman got the family started in real estate investing when he began buying foreclosed properties in the 1950s.

8. Amy Goldman Fowler - $2.8 billion

The sister of Diane Kemper, Amy Goldman Fowler is also a founder of Solil Management.

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7. Jane Goldman - $2.9 billion

Jane is the other sister of Diane Kemper and Amy Goldman Fowler. The three sisters and their brother Alan own Solil Management.

6. Katharine Rayner and Margaretta Taylor - $6.2 billion each

Katherine and Margaretta, along with their brother James Chambers, inherited 17 percent of Cox Enterprises each from their mother Anne Cox Chambers.

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5. Aerin Lauder - $4.5 billion

Aerin is the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, who founded the worldwide cosmetics and skincare brand. Aerin Lauder, who worked for the company since 1992, now has her own cosmetic and lifestyle brand named after her.

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4. Meg Whitman - $5.4 billion

She has been the CEO of two well-known companies - eBay from 1998 to 2008 and Hewlett-Packard from 2011 to 2015. She is from Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

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3. Jane Lauder - $7.2 billion

Estée Lauder's other grandaughter who inherited the company from her is Jane. She is an executive vice president and chief data officer for the company.

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2. Marijke Mars, Victoria Mars, Pamela Mars-Wright & Valerie Mars - $7.9 billion each

These four sisters each received 8 percent of the Mars Wrigley company in 2016 after their father passed away. Some of them hold leadership positions with the company - Valerie is on the Board of Directors and is the VP of Corporate Development, Marijke is also on the Board of Directors, and Pamela Mars-Wright is an ambassador for the company's pet division.

Mars has been proudly family owned for over 100 years. It’s this independence that gives us the gift of freedom to think in generations, not quarters, so we can invest in the long-term future of our business, our people and the planet — all guided by our enduring Principles.

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1. Julia Koch - $42.7 billion

When her husband David Koch passed away in 2019, Julia Koch inherited his wealth. She took the position as New York's richest woman when she received a 42 percent stake in Koch Industries,

Food. Shelter. Clothing. Transportation. Koch Industries creates life’s basic necessities, while innovating ways to make them even better. Yet our advocacy for a free and open society is what truly sets us apart.

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