Abigail Johnson

What Would You Do With $893 Billion?

Abigail Johnson couldn't have been handed the reins at a tougher time. It was May 2001, squarely amid the worst bear market since the 1930s, when she was promoted to president of Fidelity Management & Research and put in charge of investment operations. Who put her there? Her father Edward C. (Ned) Johnson III, whose own father founded the mutual-fund giant in 1946. So you could say she's had a comfort level most executives never enjoy. There's also the cushion of being worth nearly $10 billion as heir to the privately held Fidelity juggernaut. "She's cool and calm, and she works...

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