Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1941. American educator, writer, reporter, and entrepreneur Pleasant Rowland has an estimated net worth of $300 million. She is widely recognized as the creator of the brand American Girl and for her work in redeveloping historic properties in the area of Aurora, New York as well as in building a partnership with her alma mater Wells College. In the 1960s Rowland served as a school teacher before going on to land role as a reporter and anchor for an ABC affiliate. Later, she worked as a textbook writer and was the publisher of Children’s Magazine Guide. In 1986 Rowland established the Pleasant Company, which makes American Girl dolls, accessories, and books and which was sold to Mattel in 1998 for $700 million. In 2001 she completed the acquisition of the bankrupt MacKenzie-Childs but sold it seven years later. Rowland is married to Jerome Frautschi and the couple donated a whopping $205 million gift to build the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2010 she was awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree of Humane Letters from Edgewood College and in 2015 she was ranked #46 on the inaugural Forbes list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women.