Estimated net worth: $800 million
The daughter of StarKist Foods founder Martin Bogdanovich, heiress Katherine Bogdanovich Loker, participates in many philanthropic causes.
Loker and her late husband, Donald, had been longtime friends of President Richard Nixon. In 2004, she donated $7 million to fund a 47,000-square-foot addition to the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda.
She may keep a low-profile lifestyle in Oceanside now, but Loker’s name is known for her support of educational institutions and for her periodic contributions to political campaigns.
According to Opensecrets.org, a Web site that reveals who is giving to whom in the political arena, Loker has reportedly supported the National Republican Committee and the Bush administration over the past five years.
She has also donated to various educational institutions, including her alma mater, the University of Southern California, and her husband’s alma mater, Harvard University in the Boston area.
Combined contributions on behalf of the Lokers have been reported at more than $27 million to USC, in addition to a $17 million gift to help renovate the Widener Library at Harvard.
In 1996, Katherine Loker was honored for her commitment to educational philanthropy with a Harvard Medal, and the Loker Commons at the Cambridge campus has been dedicated to her.
Her parents, Martin and Antoniette Bogdanovich, emigrated to the U.S. from what is now Yugoslavia. Martin Bogdanovich founded the French Sardine Co., which later became StarKist Foods.
Loker has two daughters, Deborah Prescott Loker Hicks and Katherine Olycott Loker Leahy.
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