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#139 Abby Johnson $10.0B

Random fact: Holds art history degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Overview

Johnson is the chief executive officer of FMR, the parent of Fidelity Investments, a mutual fund company. She has 24.5 percent of the Boston-based business, which has $2.1 trillion in assets under management. FMR also holds family assets including a Maine tomato farm and much of the Seaport section of South Boston.

As of July 26, 2017:
Last change +$99.0M (+1.0%)
YTD change +$2.64B (+35.9%)
Industry Finance
Biggest asset FMR
Citizenship United States
Age 55
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The majority of Johnson's fortune is in her 24.5 percent stake in Fidelity Investments. Her ownership is derived from an August 2005 SEC filing stating that amount and annual filings through 2016 that would require disclosure if the stake had increased. She was named CEO in October 2014. Her father, Edward C. Johnson III, was chairman until December 2016.

Fidelity had revenue of $15.9 billion and $3.5 billion in earnings before interest and taxes for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2016, and its assets under management stood at $2.13 trillion as of the same date, according to its website. Its valuation is based on the average enterprise value-to-Ebit and market capitalization-to-assets under management multiples of four publicly traded peers: BlackRock, Franklin Resources, Invesco and Legg Mason. Fidelity's holding company is FMR LLC.

The Johnsons hold family investments in Impresa Management, according to a 2017 Form ADV filing. It has $2.8 billion in assets. This analysis asserts four family members split the assets evenly based on ownership information in the filing.

In April 2017, an asset of FMR debentures was removed from this analysis. The debentures were described in a 2010 regulatory filing. Based on asset value changes this decade among current and past family investing vehicles, the debenture values probably are reflected in Impresa's AUM.

The Johnsons also own 40 percent of fund company called FIL, known as Fidelity Worldwide. Abigail Johnson is credited with 5.6 percent of FIL based on past regulatory disclosures. FIL disclosed $279 billion in fund assets as of Dec. 31, 2016. This business is valued using the average assets under management-to-market capitalization multiple of publicly traded peers Aberdeen Asset Management and Schroders.

Vincent Loporchio, a spokesman for Fidelity, said the Johnsons declined to comment on their net worth.

Biography

Birthdate: 12/19/1961
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: 1988, Harvard Business School, MBA 1984, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Bachelor's Degree

When Abigail Pierrepont Johnson was born in 1961, two generations of the Johnson family were already building the Fidelity Investments mutual fund empire: her grandfather Edward C. Johnson II and her father Edward C. "Ned" Johnson III. The oldest child of Ned and his wife, Lillie, Abigail joined the family business in 1980 as an intern.

After earning a degree in art history from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and finishing a two-year stint at Booz Allen Hamilton, she again joined Fidelity. Today, she is chief executive officer and president of Fidelity investments, having been named CEO on October 13 by her father.

Johnson has held numerous positions at Fidelity, now the second largest fund manager in the U.S. In 1988, after earning a Harvard MBA, she began following machinery and automation stocks for Fidelity, frequently spending road trips to the Midwest at discount hotels.

In 1993, she was named head of a diversified stock fund, outperforming the overall market by almost 12 percentage points that year. Through 1997, she managed two other funds, also beating the S&P 500, until she was promoted to help oversee Fidelity specialized growth funds under Robert Pozen. When Pozen left in 2001, she took over his responsibilities, part of a series of leadership positions at the company.

A resident of the Boston suburb of Milton, Massachusetts, Johnson is estimated to be the largest single shareholder of FMR, with 24.5 percent of the company.

Her sister, Elizabeth, and brother, Edward, are also shareholders of FMR, FIL and Impresa Management.

Milestones
  • 1961 Abigail Pierrepont Johnson is born.
  • 1977 Grandfather Edward C. Johnson II retires from Fidelity.
  • 1984 Graduates from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
  • 1988 Gets MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • 1988 Marries Christopher John McKown.
  • 2007 Becomes one of three vice chairs of FMR, Fidelity's parent company.
  • 2012 Promoted to president of Fidelity Investments.
  • 2014 Appointed as Fidelity CEO by father Edward Johnson.