Barbara Gage

Barbara Gage

Owner of Carlson Cos.
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Barbara Gage
  2. Ownership of Carlson Cos.
  3. Founding and Growth of Carlson Cos.
  4. Wealth and Ranking

Biography of Barbara Gage

Barbara Carlson Gage was born in 1943 into one of the wealthiest families in the United States. She obtained her higher education at Northwestern University. Today, she is the rightful owner of the immense corporation "Carlson Cos.", which was left to her as an inheritance. Barbara currently resides with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is also the mother of four children.

Ownership of Carlson Cos.

Upon the death of her father, Barbara, along with her sister Marilyn, became the owner of a network of hotels, shopping complexes, and food establishments. Her father was the renowned American businessman Curtis Carlson, the founder of "Gold Bond Stamp" company. Today, "Carlson Cos." owns some of the best hotels in the country, such as "Radisson," "Country Inns," and "Suites." Barbara is also the owner of the restaurant chain "T.G.I. Friday's." While Marilyn manages the company, Barbara oversees the family foundation. Marilyn's son, Curtis, was appointed as the company's director but faced challenges in his role, leading to disagreements within the family.

Founding and Growth of Carlson Cos.

"Carlson Cos." was established in 1938 by Curtis Carlson. To start his business, he had to take a loan from a bank during a time when the country was experiencing economic difficulties. The company began generating substantial profits in the late 1960s. In 1973, the decision was made to organize a chain of hotels nationwide. Carlson purchased his first hotel, "Radisson," in Minneapolis. In 1975, he acquired the restaurant "T.G.I. Friday's." The Carlson businesses rapidly expanded and covered larger territories, gaining immense popularity among both ordinary people and celebrities.

After Curtis Carlson's passing in 1999, his daughter Barbara took over his position. The management of the company has since been handled by the Carlson family, including Curtis's daughters and their children.

Wealth and Ranking

Currently, Barbara Carlson Gage is one of the wealthiest women in the United States, with a net worth of $2.2 billion. According to Forbes, she ranks 553rd among the richest people on the planet.