Mary Hulman George was an American businesswomen and philanthropist. She was best known as the chairperson of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1988 to 2016 and also of Hulman & Company. Mari Hulman George net worth before her death is estimated to be $50 million.
Mary was born on December 26, 1934 in Evansville, Indiana. She was the only child in her family born to Tony Hulman and Mary Fendrich Hulman. When she was 22 years old, she dated Elmer George and married with him on April 29, 1957. Together they had four children including one step children.
Elmer George was a racing driver but he had a little success as a racer. He retired from racing in 1963 and later became a Speedway vice-president and head of the IMS Radio Network. In 1976, Mary filed for divorce and after four weeks of filing the divorce, he was shot multiple times and was killed by Guy Trollinger, the family’s horse trainer and Mari’s alleged boyfriend.
After Mari’s father Tony Hulman died in 1977, her mother Mary Fendrich was named the chairperson of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hulman & Co. After Mary’s health began to decline, she retired and passed the family business to her daughter in 1988. She held those positions until 2016 and shortly after 2016 Indianapolis 500, she was elected chairman emeritus while her son Tony George was elevated to the chairman status.
Like her parents, Mari is horse lover. In 2001, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security renamed their search and rescue training area at Camp Atterbury the Mari Hulman George Search and Rescue Training Center, in recognition of her contributions to the care of animals. In- addition to that, she has also been active in the rescue and adoption of racing greyhounds.
On November 3, 2018 at the age of 83, she passed away.