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September 2, 2021

Caulipower’s founder and CEO Gail Becker quit her job in 2016 to start a frozen food company specializing in gluten-free crusts. Now at 57, she’s worth $245 million.

A broadcast journalist in the late 80s, who had eventually worked her way into a job as a communications strategist at Warner Bros, she quit her public relations job in 2016 and started her food business, Caulipower, at age 52. Becker’s Los Angeles-based Caulipower had estimated revenue of $100 million last year. The company’s products are in the freezer department in 25,000 stores, including Target and Kroger, and it has a more than 50% share of the still tiny cauliflower pizza crust category in U.S. grocery stores.

It’s all enough to land Becker, now 57, a spot on Forbes’ seventh annual ranking of America’s Richest Self-Made Women with a net worth of $245 million, thanks to her estimated majority stake in her second act: Forbes values that company at $500 million. Becker, who declined to be interviewed for this story, would not comment on the valuation.

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