Martha Rivers Ingram

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Martha Rivers Ingram
Vanderbilt Commencement Zeppos Ingram.jpg
Ingram (left) at the 2008 Vanderbilt Commencement; (right) Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
Born Martha Robinson Rivers
(1935-08-20) August 20, 1935 (age 79)
Charleston, South Carolina
Nationality American
Alma mater Vassar College
Occupation Chairman, Ingram Industries
Known for Entrepreneur, philanthropist, arts patron
Net worth $4.2 billion (March 2015)[1]
Title Chairman, Vanderbilt University Board of Trust
Religion Episcopalian
Spouse(s) E. Bronson Ingram (deceased)
Children Orrin H. Ingram II
John R. Ingram
David B. Ingram
Robin Bigelow Ingram Patton
Relatives Orrin Henry Ingram, Sr. (father-in-law)
Frederic B. Ingram (brother-in-law)

Martha Robinson Rivers Ingram (born August 20, 1935) is an American business executive and philanthropist. She serves as the chairman of Ingram Industries. In 1995, Martha Ingram succeeded her late husband as chairman and chief executive officer of Ingram Industries, one of America's largest privately held companies.

Early life[edit]

Martha Robinson Rivers was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of John Minott and Martha Elizabeth Robinson Rivers. She was educated at Ashley Hall in Charleston. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1957.[2]

Career[edit]

Upon graduation, she found employment at WCSC-AM/FM and WCSC-TV, a radio and television station, respectively, owned by her father.[2]

Ingram was appointed by her husband as Director of Public Affairs at Ingram Industries in 1979.[2] After her husband's death in 1995, she became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.[2] She has ranked 524th on the Forbes list of richest people.

Philanthropy[edit]

Ingram serves as a board member of the Spoleto Festival USA, Ingram Micro, Regions Financial Corporation, and Weyerhaeuser. Her other philanthropic commitments include the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Ballet. She is also the chairman for the Nashville Symphony Association, and the vice-chairman for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She is responsible for having helped develop the Schermerhorn Symphony Center which opened in 2005.[3][4][5] She formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The Vanderbilt Blair School of Music has been the recipient of $300 million of Ingram company stock.[4][5]

Ingram was honored by Business Week as the 50th most generous philanthropist for her donations between the years 2000 and 2004.[4][6][7] In 2006 she was honored by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee as the 2006 recipient of the 13th Annual Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts.[4][8] In October 2010, she was honored by the Americans for the Arts, an organization for advancing the arts in America, for her exemplary national leadership and work which demonstrated extraordinary artistic achievement. She received the Eli & Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married E. Bronson Ingram II, the son of business magnate Orrin Henry Ingram, Sr., on on October 4, 1958, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.[2][3] They had three sons: Orrin H. Ingram II, John R. Ingram, and David B. Ingram, and a daughter, Robin Ingram Patton.[2]

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