Phoebe Hearst Cooke

CATEGORY: Billionaires

WHAT MAKES HER HAUTE: From the East Coast to the West Coast, the Hearst name needs little introduction, but the legacy of both George and William Randolph Hearst looms particularly large here in the hometown of the newspaper the family took control of in 1880. Phoebe Hearst Cooke, the 81-year-old granddaughter of the media mogul, has made a name for herself in her own right as a noted horsewoman and philanthropist. She is a staple on the Forbes list with her estimated net worth at one point totaling $2.1 billion. In 2009, the family went to court to have a judge appoint her twin brother and her son to act as conservators of her estate.

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