04. Iris Fontbona – $15.3 Billion
Iris Balbina Fontbona González (born 1943) is a Chilean billionaire businesswoman, the widow of Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, from inheriting Antofagasta PLC. She is the wealthiest person in Chile, the fifth wealthiest in Latin America, and the 91st wealthiest person in the world.
Fontbona acquired her wealth following the death of her husband, Andrónico Luksic Abaroa, in 2005 from cancer.
The bulk of her husband’s business went to their three sons, Guillermo, Jean Paul and Andronico. Jean Paul manages Antofagasta, Luksic Group’s copper mining group and one of the largest mining companies in the world.
In 2015, Fontbona donated a record $3,100 million CLP to the annual Chilean Telethon, which seeks to help children with physical disabilities. She appears on television for a telethon, which also takes place before a live audience.
In 2016, she donated another large sum, $4,400 million CLP, which assisted in setting a record for the charity event in terms of funds raised.