70. Pauline Macmil­lan Keinath


Be­lieved to be the big­gest in­di­vid­ual share­holder in Amer­ica’s largest pri­vately held com­pany, Macmil­lan Keinath owns an es­ti­mated 12% stake in $110 billion (sales) Cargill. Her great-grand­fa­ther W.W. Cargill founded Cargill in 1865. The son of a Scot­tish sea cap­tain, Cargill started the busi­ness with a sin­gle grain­stor­age ware­house at the end of an Iowa rail­road line. He got rich as rail­roads ex­panded west and opened up the fron­tier. His heirs still own roughly 90% of the com­pany.

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