Forbes' List of the Richest Americans Is Out -- Guess How Many Are Women!

The 400 richest people in America command a staggering $2 trillian. Does the number of women holding a piece of that pie surprise you?

Get ready to feel a touch less rich.

Forbes is out with its list of the 400 richest people in America -- and their jaw-dropping combined wealth is increasing. It's a staggering $2 trillion, up from $1.7 trillion last year.

Here's another number we want to call out from this year's fresh crop: 48 are women. That's 12 percent. Most inherited their money, but seven founded  businesses or co-founded them with their husbands.

Among the women on the list is the interview-shy Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton at number 8. She's built a massive collection of American art in her home state of Arkansas with some of that money. There are four heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune in the top 10, and two are women; Christy Walton comes in above Alice at number 6. She's the richest woman in America by Forbes' count.

The next highest-ranking woman is Jacqueline Mars -- as in the candy bar -- who comes in at number 15 with a cool $20.5 billion.

Also among the women on the list is retired Army lieutenant colonel and heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune Jennifer Pritzker, who comes in at number 327. She was formerly known as James Pritzker and is the first transgender billionaire on record.

Among the more common household names? Well, there's Oprah Winfrey (but you knew that). She comes in at number 184 with a net wealth close to $3 billion. Hewlett-Packard C.E.O. Meg Whitman also made the list, coming in at 296.

Browse through the list and let us know: Which female Forbes billionaire inspires you most?

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.

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