As one of nine daughters born to Wisconsin dairy farmers, Diane Hendricks loved her all- American upbringing, but always yearned for more. Her dream scenario? Last summer, one program trained students to design and build picnic tables that were later donated to the city, while another took local youths on a tour of a fire station, where they learned basic skills such as CPR and trauma care. Billionaire Diane Hendricks, daughter of dairy farmers, sold houses in Wisconsin, married, divorced, then 10 years later met her next husband, Ken, a roofer. She and her husband Ken Hendricks were business partners. “We take children and show them the inside of a hospital, we show them the inside of a manufacturing plant, we show them the back room of a restaurant. Hendricks was born and raised in Wisconsin, the daughter of dairy farmers. The housing market was already showing signs of a bubble, but Hendricks decided to hold on and steer the ship through the choppy waters of the recession. It is very difficult to hire qualified tradesmen.”. “It was embarrassing but it was okay.”. She graduated from Osseo-Fairchild High School in 1965, and had been divorced from her first husband for ten years when she met Ken Hendricks. She is also the donor of WisconsinEye. With her husband Kenneth Hendricks, she built ABC Supply, the largest wholesale roofing distributor in the nation. She eventually got into selling custom-made homes, where she met her future husband Ken, who had dropped out of high school to go into the roofing business with his father. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. Hendricks ended up settling down in a small town -- she lives outside of Beloit, Wisconsin -- but she’s certainly made it to the big leagues. She has served on the boards of the Stateline Boys & Girls Club, Beloit Memorial Hospital, the Beloit Foundation, Forward Janesville, Kandu Industries, Blackhawk Bank, and the Hendricks Family Foundation. Diane Hendricks chairs ABC Supply, one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing, siding and windows in America. She has seven children’s and seventeen grandchildren’s. She also supports Paul Ryan. In 1982 they founded American Builders and Contractors Supply Co., Inc. (ABC Supply) by utilizing the knowledge gained from their roofing business. Those aren’t being taught in our schools anymore, they haven’t for probably 30 years,” laments Hendricks. “It’s just exposure… showing them the value of a job,” Hendricks says. Hendricks has since taken on new challenges -- revitalizing Beloit by renovating vacant factories and storefronts into offices and community centers while also helping bring technical education back to local high schools. “Motherhood got in the way real quick and I grew up real fast,” says Hendricks. “It didn’t stop me from wanting to reach my dream. Hendricks was born and raised in Wisconsin, the daughter of dairy farmers. At that time, they got married and then becomes business partners. ... John, joined FCPC in 1992 after their first daughter was born. Hendricks served as an economic advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The facility provides tutoring and workshops ranging from coding and healthcare to construction and manufacturing. Diane joined FCPC in 2018. Hendricks donates the labor -- staffers from her contracting firm, Corporate Contractors Inc., show the teenagers the ins and outs of the trade like plumbing and electrical work -- but the kids are in charge of keeping the project on budget. When she met Ken Hendricks, she had been divorced from her first husband for ten years. In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she gave over $5 million to the Reform America Fund, a super PAC which has opposed Hillary Clinton and supported Republican U.S. A son and daughter followed five and 10 years later, with her second daughter arriving on her brother’s 5th birthday and just in time to play baby Jesus in the church Christmas pageant. I wanted to wear a suit.”. In the early 1970’s, Diane and Ken Hendricks began their businesses by investing in real estate in Beloit, Wisconsin, while simultaneously owning and operating a national roofing company. In both 2015 and 2016, she donated $2 million to Freedom Partners Action Fund. She has run it since his death in 2007. She graduated from the Osseo-Fairchild High School in 1965. In 2016, ABC made the biggest acquisition in its history, buying L&W Supply for $674 million, adding interior products like drywall and steel framing to a portfolio that already included windows and sidings. Diane Hendricks is the richest self-made woman in the U.S. She built ABC Supply, a wholesale roofing supply company from the ground up with her husband. Today Ms. Hendricks presides over a company worth $5 billion. Hendricks paid no state income tax in four of the five years from 2010 to 2014. “We knew what the contractor wanted,” Hendricks explains. The CEO and chairperson of the ABC supply Diane Hendricks was born in 1947 in Wisconsin, United States of America. The young mom gave birth a month before her 18th birthday and soon started working, doing stints as a waitress and a factory worker for pen manufacturer Parker Pen. In fact I think I became even more focused on what I wanted to achieve.” She credits her work ethic to watching her parents run the farm -- a 24/7 responsibility -- only breaking for two weeks a year to take the kids on road trips. Nice house, big square white house,” the roofing queen recalls to Forbes. She got married to Ken Hendricks in 1975. As one of nine daughters born to Wisconsin dairy farmers, Diane Hendricks loved her all- American upbringing, but always yearned for more. The self-made lady Diane Hendricks is the CEO and Chairperson of the ABC supply. Revenues dipped in 2009, but ABC rebounded and purchased rival Bradco Supply the following year, adding 128 locations to the business. She graduated from Osseo-Fairchild High School in 1965, and had been divorced from her first husband for ten years when she met Ken Hendricks. In February 2017, she opened a career center for middle and high schoolers at Ironworks, a former foundry complex she repurposed to house a business incubator and tech startups. She is the daughter of Dairy farmers. ABC Supply topped 100 stores by 1994, and reached $1 billion in sales four years later.