Top 8 America’s Richest Self-Made Women

1: Diane Hendricks

Cofounder And Chairman: ABC Supply Real Time Net Worth: $12.6B

Diane Hendricks

Early life

Hendrix was born and raised in Wisconsin,
The daughter of dairy farmers, she graduated from Osseo Fairchild High School in 1965 and was divorced from her first husband of ten years after meeting Ken Hendricks.

Career

In 1975, she was selling custom-built homes and Ken was a roofing Hendricks owns Hendricks Holding Company, and is the owner and chairperson of ABC Supply. contractor. They married and became business partners. In 1982, he used his line of credit to obtain a loan that enabled him to establish ABC Supply, a company that sells roofing, windows, gutters, and siding for residential and commercial buildings.

Stats

Age: 75

Source of Wealth: roofing, Self Made

Philanthropy Score 1

Residence: Afton, Wisconsin

Citizenship: United States

Children: 7

Education: Diploma, High School

2: Judy Faulkner

Founder-CEO: Epic Systems Real Time Net Worth: $7.2B

Judy Faulkner

Early life and education

Faulkner was born in August 1943 to Lois and Dale Greenfield.
Faulkner’s parents influenced his early interest in health care. His father, Louis, was a pharmacist and his mother, Dale, was the director of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
He was raised in the Earlton neighborhood of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1961.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Career

In 1979, shortly after receiving his master’s degree, Faulkner co-founded Human Services Computing with Dr. John Greist. Human Services Computing, which later became Epic Systems, began in a basement at 2020 University Avenue in Madison, WI. The company was started with an investment of $70,000 from friends and family.
But it has never received venture capital or private equity investment and is a privately held company. Indeed, Faulkner prides himself on the fact that the epic is ancestral. They have never acquired another company and Faulkner has said they will never go public. Epic Systems now holds the medical records of more than 200 million people. Faulkner and his family currently own 43 percent of Epic Systems.

Stats

Age: 79

Source of Wealth: healthcare software, Self Made

Philanthropy Score 1

Residence: Madison, Wisconsin

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, Dickinson College; Master of Science, University of Wisconsin

3: Judy Love

Real Time Net Worth: $5.2B

Judy Love

Early life

Judy Love and her husband Tom opened their first gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma in 1964 with a $5,000 loan from Tom’s parents.
Judy kept the books and ran the company with Tom until 1975 when she returned to college.

Career

Today, their Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores have more than 590 stores in 41 states and estimated revenue of $25.5 billion.
Judy is an executive secretary at Lowe and serves on the board of the Lowe Family Fund.
Her husband, Tom Love, is chairman; Three of the couple’s four children work at the company.

Stats

Age: 85

Source of Wealth: retail & gas stations, Self Made

Residence: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 4

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, University of Central Oklahoma

4: Marian Ilitch

Real Time Net Worth: $4.3B

Marian Ilitch

Marian Elch and her husband, Mike, who died in 2017, founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959.
Mrs. I, as she’s known, now owns the pizza chain, which has more than $4 billion in annual system-wide sales.
She also owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Motor City Casino Hotel. The Detroit Tigers are owned by a family trust.
Career
Ilitch is helping build a $1.4 billion sports and entertainment district in Detroit that includes a new headquarters with pizza-shaped windows.
In the early days, she had to stop her husband from giving her free pizza.

Marian Elch and her husband, Mike, who died in 2017, founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959.
Mrs. I, as she’s known, now owns the pizza chain, which has more than $4 billion in annual system-wide sales.
She also owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Motor City Casino Hotel. The Detroit Tigers are owned by a family trust.

Career

Ilitch is helping build a $1.4 billion sports and entertainment district in Detroit that includes a new headquarters with pizza-shaped windows.
In the early days, she had to stop her husband from giving her free pizza.

Stats

Age: 89

Source of Wealth: Little Caesars Pizza, Self Made

Residence: Bingham Farms, Michigan

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Widowed

Children: 7

Education: Diploma, High School; High School Graduate, High School

5: Thai Lee

Thai Lee

Early Life & Education

  • Thai Li is the CEO of SHI International, a $12.3 billion (sales) IT provider, with 15,000 customers including Boeing and AT&T.
  • Born in Bangkok, Lee grew up in South Korea and moved to the United States for high school.
    Lee’s father, a prominent economist who traveled the world promoting his country’s postwar development plan, was the first Korean to graduate from Amherst.
  • A Harvard MBA, he worked at Procter & Gamble and American Express before SHI.
    Lee and her ex-husband paid less than $1 million in 1989 for a software reseller, SHI’s predecessor.

Stats

Age: 63

Source of Wealth: IT provider, Self Made

Residence: Austin, Texas

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 2

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science, Amherst College; Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

6: Lynda Resnick

Net Worth: $4B

Lynda Resnick

Early Life & Education

Resnick Wonderful Co. is the marketing whiz behind , the nearly $5 billion (sales) food group that she and her husband, Stuart, own.
The Wonderful Company brands include Pom Wonderful, Mandarin Halos, Wonderful Pistachio and Fiji Water.
He owns 135,000 acres of orchards in Texas, Mexico and California, where he grows pistachios, almonds, pomegranates and mandarin oranges.
Both previously divorced, they met in the 1960s when she helped with marketing for his burgeoning alarm business.

Stats

Age: 79

Source of Wealth: agriculture, Self Made

Residence: Beverly Hills, California

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 5

7: Meg Whitman

Real Time Net Worth: $3.4B

Meg Whitman

Early Life & Education

Meg Whitman is best known for taking eBay from $5.7 million to $8 billion in sales as CEO from 1998 to 2008.
She was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 2011 to 2015, where she led HP Inc. and oversaw its distribution at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
She stepped down as Chief Executive of HPE in February 2018. She sits on the boards of Procter & Gamble and General Motors.
Whitman was the CEO of defunct short-form video platform Quibi, which shut down in October 2020 just seven months after launching.
President Joe Biden nominated Republican Whitman to be the US ambassador to Kenya. It still awaits confirmation by the US Senate until June 2022.

Stats

Age: 66

Source of Wealthe: Bay, Self Made

Residence: Los Angeles, California

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Education: Master of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Bachelor of Arts/Science, Princeton University

8: Eren Ozmen

Real Time Net Worth: $2.6B

Eren Ozmen

Early Life & Education

Erin Ozman is the chairwoman, president and majority owner of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), a private aerospace and defense company.
SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft has been contracted by NASA for at least seven cargo missions to the International Space Station.
In April 2021, SNC spun off its space capabilities, titled Dream Chaser, into a new commercial space company, Sierra Space.
Sierra Space, which raised $1.4 billion in a $4.5 billion valuation in November, is set to launch its first flight of the cargo DreamChaser, called Tennesset, by late 2022 or early 2023.
Ozman and her husband Fatih, both Turkish immigrants, bought SNC in 1994 when it had just 20 employees.

Stats

Age: 63

Source of Wealth: aerospace, Self Made

Residence: Reno, Nevada

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Education: Master of Business Administration, University of Nevada at Reno

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