Mary Anselmo is the philanthropist widow of Rene Anselmo, the founder of PanAmSat, the first privately held satellite communications company in the United States. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, she was 79 years old as of March 2008.
Rene Anselmo died in 1995, two days before the public offering of his company. For a time, Mary was principal owner of the company, although she had rarely been involved in her husband's business and said in 1996 that she knew little about satellites. When PanAmSat was bought by KKR and other private equity firms in 2004, she received a net $250 million.
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