Epic's Judy Faulkner named to Forbes' 400 richest Americans list

Judy Faulkner, founder of EHR giant Epic Systems, is one of the richest Americans, according to the 2015 Forbes 400 list, which ranks the wealthiest individuals in the country.

Ms. Faulkner came in at No. 256 on the list, with a reported net worth of $2.6 billion. She is the only person on the list whose source of wealth is health IT. Other healthcare-related individuals on the list largely made their wealth in pharmaceuticals and medical devices and equipment.

For example, Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of genome-based diagnostic and therapeutic company NantWorks, came in at No. 35 with a net worth of $12.3 billion. Thomas Frist Jr., cofounder of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, landed at No. 54 with $8.7 billion.

According to Forbes, the bar was set higher than ever for individuals to be named to The 400, with the "price of entry" at $1.7 billion. Last year the bar was at $1.55 billion.

For the 22nd year in a row, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, is the richest person in America, with a net worth of $76 billion.

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