Margaret Anne Cargill
|Margaret Anne Cargill|
|Born||September 24, 1920
Los Angeles, California
|Died||August 1, 2006
La Jolla, California
Cause of death
|chronic obstructive pulmonary disease|
|Education||University of Minnesota|
|Relatives||W. W. Cargill (grandfather)|
Margaret Anne Cargill was born September 24, 1920, in Los Angeles, the granddaughter of W. W. Cargill. She grew up in the Midwest. She earned a degree in arts education from the University of Minnesota and moved to Southern California.
She became one of eight heirs to the Minneapolis-based grain-trading conglomerate Cargill; Forbes Magazine listed her in 2005 as the 164th richest American, with a net worth of $1.8 billion. She was a major donor to the American Red Cross, the Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian and the American Swedish Institute. She gave away more than $200 million, and always anonymously.
She provided that, after her death, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation would use her wealth for charitable purposes. In 2011, her assets were finally liquidated, forming a $6 billion donation to the Anne Ray Charitable Trust and Margaret A Cargill Foundation.
- Margaret Anne Cargill, The 400 Richest Americans – Forbes.com
- Margaret Anne Cargill, 85; San Diego Billionaire and Philanthropist – Los Angeles Times
- Margaret Anne Cargill, 85; Anonymous Philanthropist – washingtonpost.com
- ActiveCause – Anne Ray Charitable Trust – Nonprofit Profile
- Red Cross Women Leaders Gather in Washington, D.C.
- Berea College – Hutchins Library – Appalachian Music Fellowship Program
- Scholarship & Financial Aid Program – Anne Ray Fellowship