American businesswoman and philanthropist Mary West has an estimated net worth of $610 million as of 2015, according to Forbes. She is widely recognized as a telemarketing pioneer who co-founded WATS Telemarketing in 1978 with her husband Gary. She served as a hospital administrator, albeit without degree from college; her telemarketing ideas came after she saw a commercial calling for viewers to place an order for a Roger Whittaker album. In 1980 they sold the company and then went on to found West TeleServices six years later, taking it public in 1996 with thousands of employees and more than $100 million in revenue during its first decade of operation. The company was later changed to West Corp. and Mary possesses 9% of firm. As a philanthropist she has donated millions of dollar to set up non-profit organizations with views to bolstering the standard and lowering the cost of health care. In 2015 Mary West was ranked #24 on the America’s Self-Made Women by Forbes. She currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Gary.