Wealthy US newspaper heiress dies at 100

February 01, 2020

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Anne Cox Chambers
Anne Cox Chambers

ATLANTA: Anne Cox Chambers, a newspaper heiress, diplomat and philanthropist who was one of the country’s richest women, has died at the age of 100.

Her nephew James Cox Kennedy announced her death to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, her company’s flagship newspaper.

Aunt Anne was a wonderful, kind and elegant lady who cared deeply about her family, her company and her country, said Kennedy, who served

as Cox Enterprises chief executive officer from 1988 to 2008 and continues as chairman. She took the responsibility of good fortune very seriously and gave back to the best of her ability to the many causes she cared about.

Chambers, a director of Cox Enterprises Inc., promoted Jimmy Carter’s political career and served as US ambassador to Belgium during his presidency.

Forbes estimated her net worth several years ago at nearly $17 billion. She was well known for her charitable giving, and served on the boards of the Atlanta Arts Alliance and the High Museum of Art among other institutions.

She was the daughter of James Middleton Cox, the 1920 Democratic presidential candidate and founder of Cox Enterprises Inc. The privately held company has included The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other newspapers, radio and TV stations, cable TV systems and other businesses.

Chambers and her mother and siblings inherited the company when the senior Cox died in 1957.

Published in Dawn, February 1st, 2020