Judy Faulkner is right up there with Meg Whitman, according to Forbes magazine.
Faulkner, founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corp., the electronic health records giant based in Verona, is one of only two American women among the world’s 100 wealthiest tech entrepreneurs, Forbes says.
Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and former CEO of eBay, is the other.
Only six women worldwide are ranked among the top 100 in tech, and all of them are self-made billionaires, each with a reported net worth of at least $2.6 billion.
Forbes pegs Faulkner at No. 73 and estimates her fortune at $3.4 billion — up from $2.4 billion on the Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s billionaires, released in March. The article notes that Faulkner, 74, pledged in 2015 to donate most of her stock in the company to a charitable foundation and quotes her as saying, “The work of my life has been to develop software that would help keep people well and help sick people get better. I never had any personal desire to be a wealthy billionaire.”
Faulkner founded Epic Systems in 1979. The company had $2.5 billion in 2016 sales and has more than 9,600 employees.
Three of the richest female tech entrepreneurs on the 2017 list are Chinese, and they are all suppliers to computer mega-force Apple. One of them, Wang Laichun, worked for 10 years for Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, before she and her brother bought Luxshare Precision Industry in 2004.
Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer, has said it plans to build a $10 billion factory to make flat-screen displays in southeastern Wisconsin and the company is considering creating a smaller facility in Dane County that could be health care-related.
Foxconn chairman Terry Gou is No. 23 on Forbes’ richest tech entrepreneurs list with an estimated $10.3 billion net worth. Founded in 1974, Foxconn has more than 1 million employees.
Of the 55 tech billionaires in the U.S., 41 are in California. Five are in Washington state, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, billed by Forbes as the richest tech entrepreneur in the world with a fortune estimated at $85.4 billion.
One new entry is from Illinois. Rishi Shah, 31, is CEO of Outcome Health, a Chicago company that supplies tablets and touchscreens for doctors’ offices.