Forbes is out with its 2023 list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, and three Dallas-Fort Worth high achievers made the cut.
Building supply distributor Diane Hendricks nailed her spot at No. 1 on the list for the sixth year in a row, with a $15 billion net worth. “Showrunner Shonda Rhimes and Insitro CEO Daphne Koller, whose firm is using AI to develop drugs more quickly, are among the eight newcomers,” Forbes noted.
And for all you Swifties out there, Taylor Swift is ranked No. 34 on the list with an estimated worth of $740 million.
But back to our local mega-millionaire women trio—here they are in order of their ranking:
No. 29 :: Robyn Jones, Goosehead Insurance, $830 Million
Jones, co-founder and vice chair of Westlake-based Goosehead Insurance, is the highest-ranked local on the list, appearing at No. 29. Jones launched the property and casualty insurance agency in 2003 with her husband Mark Jones, a former Bain executive, who serves as the company’s chairman, director, and CEO.
Forbes estimates Robyn Jones’ wealth at $830 million.
Goosehead went public in 2018 and is listed on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol GSHD. The Joneses aren’t just productive on the financial front, either: According to Forbes, the couple has six children. Robyn and Mark live in Fort Worth.
No. 34 :: April Anthony, Encompass Home Health and Hospice founder, $740 million
Anthony is one of two women who tied with Taylor Swift for the No. 34 spot (the other is Austin’s Lisa Su, CEO of the semiconductor firm Advanced Micro Devices).
Anthony founded Dallas-based Encompass Home Health and Hospice in 1998. She sold the company in 2018 to HealthSouth before stepping down from Encompass in 2021. Last August, she was named CEO of VitalCaring, another home health and hospice care firm.
Forbes estimates April Anthony’s wealth at $740 million.
Anthony isn’t just a high achiever—she’s apparently also a fast learner. “Anthony bought her first home health company, Liberty Health Services, at age 25 in 1992 with less than two months’ experience in healthcare,” Forbes writes. She turned around the company and sold it five years later, the magazine notes.
No. 44 :: Kathleen Hildreth, co-founder of MI Support Services, $590 million
A 1983 graduate of West Point, Hildreth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in tours around the world. After suffering a service-related disability, she left the Army and went on to work for GE, Lockheed Martin, and DynCorp. In 2003, she co-founded M1 Support Services, a Denton-headquartered military aircraft maintenance company, with William Shelt, whom she’d met at DynCorp.
Forbes estimates Kathleen Hildreth’s wealth at $590 million.
Hildreth lives in Aubrey, a suburb north of Lewisville Lake. “She serves on the board of the Wounded Warrior Project and heads her own charitable trust, Flying H Foundation,” Forbes notes.
More self-made Texas women
Beyond DFW, nine other Texas women—all from Austin with the exception of Jonesboro’s Gwynne Shotwell—made the list. They include:
- Thai Lee ($4.8 billion) – Co-founder of SHI International, a global provider of IT products and services. The Austin resident holds the distinction of being the wealthiest self-made woman in the Lone Star state and No. 5 nationally.
- Gwynne Shotwell ($860 million) – President and COO of SpaceX.
- Lisa Su ($740 million) – CEO and president of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
- Kendra Scott ($550 million) – Founder of her namesake jewelry company.
- Whitney Wolfe Herd ($510 million) – Co-founder of Bumble and Tinder.
- Paige Mycoskie ($380 million) – Founder of Aviator Nation, a lifestyle brand.
- Iman Abuzeid ($350 million) – Co-founder of Incredible Health, a healthcare staffing firm.
- Julia Cheek ($260 million) – Founder of Everly Health, an at-home testing company that launched in North Texas by the Dallas native.
- Belinda Johnson ($250 million) – Airbnb’s former COO.
You can read the full America’s Richest Self-Made Women list by going here.
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