Pleasant Rowland Wiki, Net Worth, Family, Facts

By Chakrit Subedi | Published On: 27 Nov, 2019
Pleasant Rowland Wiki, Net Worth, Family, Facts

“At an age when girls are old enough to read and still love to play, they need books and dolls that capture their imaginations.”

This thought motivated American Girl Dollmaker, Pleasant Rowland, to make historical dolls for the young girls considering their ages. Back in 1986, when this idea of creating playful dolls spurred in her mind, she embarked on a journey to Germany for the fabrics and learned about its technical aspects. 

Pleasant had held an opinion that young American girls need some companion or playmate that could fill their mind with stories and vibrant imaginations. So from 1986 to 2000, she published a six-book series along with the dolls which were designed to align with the stories of books.

Pleasant Rowland Still Alive, Wiki

Born on 8 March 1941, in Bannockburn, Illinois, Pleasant Rowland is still alive and zestful. Best recognized as a textbook author, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur, she was the owner of American Doll Company.

In fact, she was a wise salesperson of her time because when she thought of initiating the American Doll company, she didn’t listen to anyone and simply followed her decision and passion. As a result, Pleasant laid a strong foundation for her company and led it to a 300 million dollar business.

Later, when she needed money for other projects, she sold her company American Girl to Mattel for 700 million dollars back in 1998. As an agreement, she remained a board member of the company. However, in the year 2000, she parted ways with the company and gave full rights to Mittel.

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After parting ways with American Girl, Pleasant shifted to Aurora, NY. There she used her funds to remodel the town so that most of its parts would resemble like pre-industrial era.

Besides, she is also the founder of Rowland Reading Foundations, which was established in 2004; it assists high school and college students with educational materials and reading techniques.

Marriage and Husband

Pleasant Rowland is happily married to Jerome Frautschi in November 1977. They first sighted each other at Madison square and started getting along. It was in May 1977 when the love birds frequented their visits and talks, which later turned into marital bliss.

Pleasant Rowland with her husband, Jerome Frautschi (Photo:-

Her husband Jerome Frautschi is a philanthropist, who has received The Jane Bradley Pettit Award for Distinction in Philanthropy. He has donated a gift amount of 100 million dollars for the transformation of the Madison arts Community.

Jerome has three children from his previous wife, Ellen Johnson.

Family Plus Siblings

While her mother's whereabouts are unknown, Pleasant had a father named Edward M. Thiele, who was a Chicago based Advertising executive. Later, he was promoted to the president of the Leo Burnett ad agency.

Talking about her siblings, she is the oldest of three sisters and a brother. One of her sisters, Barbara Whitney Carr, is the president of the Chicago Horticultural Society.

Net Worth

Pleasant Rowland estimated net worth is $310 Million. Thanks to her 700 million capital gains from the American Doll company.

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On top of that, she has invested in many commercial enterprises, which will likely add more profits for her. In 2013, she invested more than 6 million dollars in Wells College, which is situated in Cayuga Lake.

Interesting Facts About Her

  • Pleasant initiated the American Girl doll company at the age of 45 when she was unable to find suitable dolls for her niece.
  • She set forth the company’s business with 1.2 million dollars which she had profited from royalties as a textbook author.
  • As part of her community service, she has renovated more than ten historic properties in Aurora, New York since 2001.