Recently Forbes released their annual Top 100 list of the richest self-made women. The list consists of the 100 most successful women entrepreneurs and executives in the United States.
To make the list in 2021, a net worth of $225 million was required, which was a big jump from the $150 million net worth needed last year. In addition, any person who inherited their wealth was ineligible to make the list.
There are many famous names on the list, but today I thought we would take a quick look at the one woman who lives in Oklahoma City who made this year's list.
The Oklahoma City billionaire
Judy Love placed fourth on the Forbes Top 100 Self-Made Women list. She has a net worth of $5.2 billion that she has made from the business she founded together with her husband Tom- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores.
Judy Love was born in Chicago in 1937 but attended elementary school and high school in Oklahoma City. Prior to marrying Tom in 1960, she attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for one year each.
The Loves started their company back in 1964 when they leased a gas station in Watonga, Oklahoma. From that one gas station (which they leased for $5000 at the time), they opened another 30. Then, in 1971 he decided to merge gas stations with convenience stores, in what proved to be a very successful decision. They have since grown to 490 locations across 42 states in the United States with over 24,000 employees and annual revenue of $20.6 billion.
At the age of 38, Judy Love went back to college. She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in interior design from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Philanthropist and community leader
“Obviously Judy is a successful business person, she is a philanthropist, she is a community leader, and whether for an individual or an organization, she never hesitates to step up and take the lead.” - Chris Howard, President of SSM Health Care of Oklahoma
Together with her husband, she is also well known for her philanthropy, and in 2018, they gave $5 million to the University of Oklahoma. Judy has been awarded the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Oklahoma City Chapter of the National Fundraising Professionals.
Judy is a past board member of 13 Oklahoma CIty-based non-profit organizations and a current member of 7 others, including the Oklahoma City University, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the St Anthony Foundation, and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.
She has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, and Most Powerful Woman in the City.
Judy Love is an inspiration to the women and entrepreneurs of Oklahoma City and, indeed, the whole country.
Readers, have you worked for or met Judy Love? What were your impressions?
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