Judy Faulkner, founder and CEO of Verona electronic health records giant Epic Systems Corp., has held onto a spot in the Forbes 400 list of the richest people in the U.S.

But Faulkner is the only one of the nine Wisconsinites on the annual Forbes head count of wealthy Americans to dip from last year’s rankings.

Faulkner, 73, is No. 321 in the 2016 Forbes 400 with an estimated net worth of $2.2 billion. That’s a slide from her No. 256 position last year.

Epic, one of the largest developers of electronic medical records systems, had $2 billion in revenue in 2015.

John Menard Jr., of Eau Claire, founder, president and CEO of Menards, ranks 46th wealthiest in the U.S., up from 49th last year, with an estimated net worth of $9.4 billion.

Herbert Kohler Jr., executive chairman and former CEO of Kohler Co., in Kohler, is No. 52, up from No. 65.

Diane Hendricks, co-founder of the Beloit roofing company ABC Supply with her late husband, Ken, gets a ranking of No. 150, up from No. 159.

James Cargill II, whose great-grandfather founded the global agricultural and industrial products company Cargill, is No. 156, up from No. 211.

Four members of the Johnson family of Racine saw their rankings rise to No. 156 from No. 203.

H. Fisk Johnson is CEO of the S.C. Johnson cleaning products company; Imogene Powers Johnson is the family matriarch; S. Curtis Johnson is former chairman of Diversey, an industrial cleaning company that was sold off in 2011; and Helen Johnson-Leipold is CEO of Johnson Outdoors and chairwoman of Johnson Financial Group.

Nationwide, Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, tops the 2016 Forbes list with an estimated net worth of $81 billion, followed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, with $67 billion, and investor Warren Buffett, with $65.5 billion.


Judy Newman is a business reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.