Ailsa Mellon Bruce was a prominent socialite and the daughter of banker and diplomat Andrew W. Mellon. In 1957, when Fortune prepared its first list of the wealthiest Americans, it estimated that Ailsa Mellon Bruce, her brother, Paul, and her cousins Sarah Mellon and Richard King Mellon were all amongst the richest eight people in the United States.
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Upon her death in 1969 at the age of 68, Ailsa was the only woman in the United States whose personal wealth soared over 500 million dollars.
"Woodlands" was a wedding gift of her father.