If you’ve ever wondered who the wealthiest woman in Jamaica is, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the top female earners in Jamaica and highlight the success stories of some of the country’s most successful women.
1. Paula Kerr-Jarrett
Paula Kerr-Jarrett is the richest female in Jamaica with an estimated net worth of US$1 billion. She is a prominent figure in Jamaican society, a philanthropist and an attorney. She is ranked at number one among the wealthiest females from Jamaica. Kerr-Jarrett ties with Blossom O’Meally-Nelson for the title of Jamaica’s richest woman. Her wealth has been accumulated through various endeavors. Kerr-Jarrett was born into a Jamaican family that goes back many generations. She has become a successful businesswoman, and her riches are spread across the northern coast—home to tourism—and in the suburbs of Kingston.
2. Dorothy McClarty
Dorothy McClarty is one of the wealthiest and powerful women in Jamaica. She is estimated to have a net worth of US$10 million and is ranked at No. 10 in the list of the top 10 richest women in Jamaica. Her impressive net worth of US$45 million makes her one of the richest Jamaicans in the world. Not only is Dorothy McClarty financially successful, she has also made a great contribution to the country by being appointed to the Commission of the Electoral Office of Jamaica. Her appointment was based on her exemplary integrity and shows how much she is respected for her accomplishments, tenacity, and fortitude.
3. Trisha Bailey
The next woman on our list of the wealthiest women in Jamaica is Dr. Trisha Bailey. Dr. Bailey is a Jamaica-born entrepreneur who recently made the largest cash donation in the history of the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a stockbroker, owned a recruiting business and sold medical equipment before delving into the international real estate market. Her current net worth is estimated to be between $600-$750 million, making her one of the richest Black women in America and the wealthiest woman in Jamaica. A classic rags to riches story, Trisha Bailey has refused to let racism deter her from achieving success. As founder of Bailey’s Medical Equipment and Supplies, she has been recognized as the Wealthiest Jamaican Woman in History. She is also out to support the husband and wife Members of Parliament Daryl and Ann-Marie, a former UConn Track Athlete.
4. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson
The fourth wealthiest individual in Jamaica is Blossom O’Meally-Nelson who has a net worth of $1 billion. She is the first female Postmaster General of Jamaica and has earned her wealth through various sources. She is currently a member of the board of Women Business Owners (Jamaica) and serves in the field of education as Chairman of the Duhaney Park Primary School. No doubt, she is among the wealthiest people in Jamaica.
5. Tricia Bailey
The fifth wealthiest woman in Jamaica is Tricia Bailey. She is a classic rags to riches story, having gone from having no shoes in St. Elizabeth to owning her own jet. She refused to let racism and other factors stop her from success and has become one of the most prosperous and wealthiest women in Jamaica. Her current net worth is estimated between $600-750 million and she is the half-owner of an island around her native Jamaica, where she intends to build a resort. Recently, Tricia Bailey made history at the University of Connecticut when she became the largest-ever donor to the school, showing her commitment to giving back and inspiring others.
7. Ivy Powell
Ivy Powell is another name on the list of wealthy women in Jamaica. She is the daughter of the late John J. Rhodes, who was a prominent businessman in Jamaica. Powell is also the founder of the Wait, You Probably Know Foundation, which helps to promote and support international trade. She has also been a strong advocate for education in Jamaica, having attended John J. Rhodes Junior High School in Mesa, Arizona, and Kino Junior High School in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Powell is also a mine owner and investor in Powell River District, BC. Her wealth has enabled her to make significant contributions to local communities and charities in Jamaica.
8. Heather Pinnock
Heather Pinnock is the 8th richest female in Jamaica and is a sustainable development professional trained in architecture. Pinnock is a Jamaican-born Sustainability Champion and brilliant architect, whose career portfolio has focused on a number of challenges. She is the Acting General Manager at the Urban Development Corporation and also serves as the Caribbean School of Architecture, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, Ms Heather Pinnock, General Manager. She is also a member of the British Jamaican community and participated in Research Days 2019 (RD2019). She was on the Panel Session 8 (H1 – H7) and presented on the topic of defining poverty and low income housing in Jamaica. Pinnock also played a major role in the upgrading of Ocho Rios, master planning for the town of Port Royal, establishment of Jamaica’s Third City and the completion of the Ministry. In 2020, she was appointed as the first female Chancellor and first female Chief Justice of Jamaica by the Hon. Mrs. Heather Halsall.
9. Merricka McLeod
The next richest female in Jamaica is Merricka McLeod. She is the co-founder of the Women Business Owners of Jamaica (WBO) and Mischa Mcleod-Hines and Capital Markets. She has also authored several publications such as the ‘Homely Girl’ and ‘Jamaica Treasures’. She is known for her contribution to the thyroid cancer research in women and in native Alaskan women. Merricka Mcleod was also part of the discussion in Chapter 3 of the book ‘By Women: An Anthology of Literature’ which was translated by Una Vicenzo Trowbridge and Enid McLeod.
10. Dr. Trisha Bailey
Have you heard of Dr. Trisha Bailey? She is a Jamaican-born entrepreneur and University of Connecticut graduate who recently made history at her alma mater after becoming the largest-ever donor to the school. With an estimated net worth of between $600-750 million, Dr. Trisha Bailey is one of the richest Black women in America and the wealthiest woman in Jamaica. She made her first million at age 35 and is now the owner of Bailey’s Medical Equipment and Supplies, making her the first female in Jamaica to achieve such wealth.