Judith R. Faulkner
Judith R. Greenfield
August 1943 (age 75)
|Residence||Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Dickinson College|
University of Wisconsin–Madison
|Occupation||Healthcare software entrepreneur|
|Home town||Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Net worth||US$3.8 billion (February 2019)|
|Parent(s)||Louis and Del Greenfield|
Judith "Judy" R. Faulkner (born August 1943) is an American billionaire, the CEO and founder of Epic Systems, a healthcare software company located in Wisconsin. Faulkner founded Epic Systems in 1979, with the original name of Human Services Computing. In 2013, Forbes called her "the most powerful woman in healthcare", and on the magazine's 2018 list of the world's billionaires she was ranked #652 and the third wealthiest self-made woman, with a net worth of US$3.5 billion.
Early life and education
Faulkner was born in August 1943 to Louis and Del Greenfield. Faulkner's parents inspired her early interest in health care; her father, Louis, was a pharmacist and her mother, Del, was the director of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. She was raised in the Erlton neighborhood of Cherry Hill, New Jersey and graduated from Moorestown Friends School in 1961. She received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
In 1979, shortly after receiving her master's degree, Faulkner co-founded Human Services Computing, with Dr. John Greis. Human Services Computing, which later became Epic Systems, began in a basement in Madison, WI. The company was started with a $70,000 investment from friends and family, but has never taken investment from venture capital or private equity and remains a privately held company. In fact, Faulkner prides herself in the fact that Epic is homegrown; they have never acquired another company and Faulkner has stated they would never go public. Epic Systems now holds the medical records of over 200 million people.  Faulkner and her family currently own 43% of Epic Systems.
Faulkner lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is married to Dr. Gordon Faulkner, a pediatrician. They have three children. Faulkner has signed The Giving Pledge, committing 99% of her assets to philanthropy. 
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