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Made in America

The Queen of Michigan: ‘Mrs. I’ named America’s richest self-made woman

By WITW Staff on May 18, 2017

Michigan-born Marian Bayoff Ilitch, a daughter of Macedonian immigrants, founded Little Caesar’s Pizza in 1959 together with her husband, Mike Ilitch. With the rapid growth of her pizza franchise, Ilitch expanded her holdings to include Detroit’s MotorCity Casino and even the city’s NHL team, the Red Wings. There are only 12 women to ever have their names engraved on hockey’s Stanley Cup trophy — and Ilitch and her three daughters are four of them. “Mrs I,” as she’s known, has estimated holdings of $5.1 billion — making her Forbes’ richest self-made woman in the United States.

Among the women that Ilitch beat out for the top spot were Oprah Winfrey, the famous talk show host, and roofing magnate Diane Hendricks, a daughter of Wisconsin dairy farmers who served as an economic advisor on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Watch video of the top-seven richest self-made women in America here.

Read the full list at Forbes.


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