Epic founder Judy Faulkner comes in 3rd on Forbes' richest women list

With a net worth of $3.5 billion, Epic Founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is Forbes' third-richest self-made woman in America.

To be eligible for the Forbes list, the women must have made a substantial amount of their fortunes in the U.S. To determine their net worth, Forbes gathered data from public companies' stock profiles. For those women who operate private companies, Forbes tapped outside experts and made conservative comparisons with public companies.  

Ms. Faulkner founded Epic in 1979. The EHR-giant is a private company that made $2.7 billion in sales in 2017, according to Forbes. The company has never raised venture capital or made an acquisition.

At 74, Ms. Faulkner still serves as CEO of the company, and in 2015, she signed the Giving Pledge, a vow to donate 99 percent of her fortune to philanthropic causes within her lifetime.

Here are four other Forbes lists Ms. Faulkner has been named to:

1. Billionaires 2018 (652nd)

2. Power Women 2017 (80th)

3. Forbes 400 2017 (219th)

4. Richest in Tech 2017 (73rd)

Seven other prominent women in health IT or related fields that made Forbes' "America's Richest Self-Made Women" list this year, which honored 60 women in total:

1. Thai Lee, CEO of IT provider SHI International (11th)

2. Kathy Fields, MD, and Katie Rodan, MD, both dermatologists and founders of two successful skin care brands: Proactiv Solutions and Rodan + Fields (13th and 14th, respectively)

4. Alice Schwartz, co-founder of Bio-Rad Laboratories (19th)

5. Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle (32nd)

6. Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23andMe (44th)

7. Martine Rothblatt, found of United Therapeutics (57th)

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