44. Anne Wo­j­ci­cki

$440 Mil­lion Age: 44 Res­i­dence: stan­ford, cal­i­for­nia

Forbes - - RICHES SELF-MADE WOMEN -

Ex-wife of Google bil­lion­aire Sergey Brin, Anne co­founded 23andMe in 2006 but ex­pe­ri­enced se­ri­ous set­backs seven years later, when the FDA banned her health-re­lated DNA tests over con­cerns of accuracy. The Yale alum bounced back, win­ning ap­proval for ten ge­netic risk tests—in­clud­ing ones for Alzheimer’s, Parkin­son’s and celiac dis­ease—in April 2017. A year later, 23andMe be­came the first-ever di­rect-to-con­sumer ge­net­ics com­pany to re­ceive FDA au­tho­riza­tion for can­cer-risk tests. The sky­rock­et­ing pop­u­lar­ity of at-home kits has pro­pelled 23andMe to a $1.75 bil­lion valu­a­tion, mak­ing Wo­j­ci­cki one of the wealth­i­est Amer­i­can biotech en­trepreneurs. Her es­ti­mated for­tune does not in­clude any di­vorce set­tle­ment.

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