Lorna Jorgenson Wendt


Age: 72

corporate wife whose divorce settlement in 1997 started a national conversation about the economic worth of corporate spouses who had been married for more than 30 years to former General Electric Capital Corp. chief executive officer Gary C. Wendt when she learned that he planned to divorce her in 1997 (the couple lived in Connecticut, not a community property state) and estimated her husband to be worth more than $100 million and refused his offered settlement of about $10 million demanding half of his net worth, who became a national symbol of the company wife as hard-working silent partner, appeared often on TV, and was featured on the cover of Fortune magazine in February 1998, but the court awarded her only $20 million still.

Cause of Death: Complications from multiple myeloma and plasma cell leukemia

Born: June 14, 1943

Died: February 4, 2016

Stamford, Connecticut