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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 4:11 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2007

Media heiress Barbara Cox Anthony dies

Advertiser Staff


Barbara Cox Anthony

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Honolulu resident Barbara Cox Anthony, daughter of James M. Cox, who founded media conglomerate Cox Enterprises, died today at age 84.

Anthony, whose primary residence was in the Diamond Head area, was listed as the 45th richest person in county by Forbes Magazine in March. Her wealth was estimated by Forbes to be $12 billion.

Anthony died at about 4:30 a.m. after an extended illness. In addition to founding Cox enterprises, her father also served as governor of Ohio three times.

Anthony's daughter Blair Parry-Okeden was at her bedside when she died at her home and son Jim Kennedy was nearby.

Until her death, Anthony was chairwoman of Dayton Newspapers and a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island and was the only woman member of the board of directors of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Association.

She was a founder and a director of the Hawaii School for Girls, which later became La Pietra, and a director of the James M. Cox Foundation.

As chairwoman of Hualalai Land Corporation on the Big Island, where she also had a home, she oversaw all aspects of the 7,500-acre ranch — which bred cattle, sold flowers and produced coffee.