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Anna Thompson Dodge


Anna Thompson Dodge

Anna Thompson Dodge (August 7, 1871[dubious ] - June 2, 1970) was one of the richest women in the world at the time of her death.[1]


She was born on August 7, 1871[dubious ] in Dundee, Scotland as Anna Thompson. In 1896 she married Horace Elgin Dodge, Sr., of Dodge Brothers Company . The couple had a son, Horace Elgin Dodge, Jr., and a daughter, Delphine Dodge. After her husband died (only 11 months after his brother and Dodge-cofounder John Francis Dodge died), she became a substantial owner of Dodge. She and John's widow Matilda sold the company in 1926 for US $146 million to Dillon, Read & Co., at the time, the largest cash transaction in history.

In 1926 Thompson married actor Hugh Dillman after the death of Dodge. Dillman had previously been married to Marjorie Rambeau.[2] She divorced Dillman in 1947.[3] Her English home was St Leonard's at Clewer, near Windsor, in Berkshire.

She gave the City of Detroit $1,000,000 towards the construction of a fountain in memory of her late husband and son. The Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1978, and is located near the center of Philip A. Hart Plaza.[4]

Anna Thompson died on June 2, 1970 at her home, "Rose Terrace", in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.[1]


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