Meet The Most Successful Female Entrepreneur In American History | Forbes

Updated: November 19th, 2023

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Diane and Ken Hendricks established ABC Supply Co. Inc., a leading wholesale distributor of exterior and interior construction supplies.

Their staff tackles the most difficult projects with proven solutions at almost 800 sites nationally.

The duo borrowed $900,000 from a bank & acquired two failing construction supply companies in 1982.

They planned to acquire from manufacturers directly and then sell to contractors and project builders.

They ensured top-quality customer service and drew around $140 million in sales in the first five years.

In 2021, the revenue for ABC Supply reached a new high of $15 billion and they plan to close at $18 billion in 2022.

After her husband died in 2007, Diane now owns a 100% stake at ABC and a holding company with investments in 18 firms.

Diane has a net worth of $12.2 billion, which is way more than any other women entrepreneurs in U.S history.

From being a teen mom to working as a waitress to pay her bills to beat cancer and finally becoming one of the most successful businesswomen in the U.S, Diane has had an inspiring journey.


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