Anna Thompson Dodge

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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), she became a substantial owner of Dodge. She and John's widow Matilda sold the company in 1926 for US $146 million ($1,944,928,571 as of 2015).[2] to Dillon, Read & Co., at the time, the largest cash transaction in history.

In 1926 Thompson married actor Hugh Dillman. Dillman had previously been married to Marjorie Rambeau.[3] She divorced Dillman in 1947.[4] 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.[5]

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


  1. ^ a b "Mrs. Horace Dodge Dies at 103. Among World's Richest Women. Conflicts Over $100-Million Estate Predicted. Widow Survived 2 Children". New York Times. June 4, 1970. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Mrs. Anna Thompson Dodge, widow of Horace E. Dodge, the automotive pioneer, and one of the richest women in the world, died last night at her home, Rose Terrace. She was 103 years old and had used a wheelchair for seven years. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Mrs. H. E. Dodge and Actor Wed. Start On Trip". Chicago Tribune. May 9, 1926. Retrieved 2010-03-27. Against a huge bank of orchids and roses Mrs. Horace E. Dodge Sr., widow one of the founders of Dodge Bros., Inc., was married today to Hugh Dillman, son of a tailor of Columbus, OH., former, actor and divorced husband of Marjorie Rambeau, actress. 
  4. ^ "Mrs. Dillman Divorced; Widow of Dodge Founder". St. Petersburg Times. May 23, 1947. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Hart Plaza Landmarks". The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 

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