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#1 DIANE HENDRICKS | $11b | Diane is co-founder and chair of ABC Supply Co. Inc. As of 2015, she was ranked No. 159 on Forbes’ list of richest people in America. She has served on the boards of several charities and civic organizations. Diane cofounded the business with her late husband, Ken in 1982. She has run it since his death in 2007. ABC Supply Co. is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the US. Source: Ballotpedia
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#2 JUDY FAULKNER | $6.5b | Epic Systems | Judy is the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company located in Wisconsin. She founded Epic Systems in 1979, going by the name of Human Services Computing. Founded in a basement in 1979, Epic develops software to help people get healthier. In 2013, Forbes called her “the most powerful woman in healthcare” and on the magazine’s 2016 list of the world’s billionaires, she was ranked #722 with a net worth of $2.4 billion.
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#3 MEG WHITMEN | $6.3b | Meg, a former candidate for the Governor of California, has been president and CEO of eBay, where she guided the growth from a starting point of about 30 employees and revenues of about $4 million to approximately 15,000 employees and over $8 billion in annual revenue. She is now the CEO of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's new short-form video platform, which launched in April 2020. Source: Ballotpedia
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#4JUDY LOVE | $5.2b | In 1964, with $5,000, Judy and her husband Tom started Musket Corporation – the predecessor to Love’s Country Stores. Judy’s Travel Stops & Country Stores was founded in 1964. The company has over 300 locations in 39 states. Judy is currently the executive secretary at Love's and chairman of the Love Family Fund.
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#5 MARIAN ILITCH | $4.4b | Marian is a leading entrepreneur in the food, sports and entertainment industries. Along with her husband, Marian invested their family savings in 1959 to open the first Little Caesars store in Garden City, Michigan. That mom-and-pop pizza shop grew into the third largest pizza chain in the world with stores in more than 27 countries and territories worldwide, including in each of the 50 US states. Marian is helping build a $1.4 billion sports and entertainment district in Detroit that includes a new headquarters with pizza-shaped windows.
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#6 JOHNELLE HUNT | $4.1b | In 1961, Johnelle and her late husband J.B. sold their home and took out loans to start a rice hull packaging operation. Eight years later, the couple bought five trucks and seven trailers to launch J.B. Hunt Transport Services. The business went public in 1983 and is now one of the biggest transportation companies in the nation, with $9.64 billion in sales. Source: Forbes
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#7 THAI LEE | $4.1b | Thai has been the CEO and President of SHI International Corp. since 1989. Under her leadership, SHI transformed from a $1 million reseller into a $10 billion global provider of information technology products and solutions with 35 offices around the world. According to Businessweek, SHI is one of the top ten privately held companies in the Information Technology field in the US.
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#8 LYNDA RESNICK | $4b | Lynda is vice-chairman and co-owner of The Wonderful Company, along with her husband, Stewart Resnick, who serves as chairman. The Wonderful Company is a privately held, Los Angeles-based enterprise that produces a diverse range of health products. Lynda oversees worldwide marketing and product development for The Wonderful Company.
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#9 GAIL MILLER | $3.2b | Gail is owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and Chair of the Board of Larry H. Miller Management Corporation. Gail and her late husband, Larry, started their business with a single Toyota dealership in 1979. The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies has grown to include more than 60 car dealerships throughout the West. Today, the privately-owned Larry H. Miller Group employs nearly 11,000 people.
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#10 DORIS FISHER | $2.9b | Doris and Don Fisher, in 1969, they revolutionized the retail industry by opening the first Gap store on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco. They delivered a shopping experience that was fun and the concept caught on. Credited with inventing specialty retail, the Fishers grew their company into a major global brand with more than 3,200 stores. The company’s portfolio today includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta. Source: California Museum
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