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Mo Anderson (1937—)

This Oklahoma legend was raised by tenant farming parents on a Dust Bowl, Southern Great Plains farm in Garfield County that her grandparents had once owned. She wore feed sack dresses to school. Approaching middle age when her husband Richard suggested a career change from high school piano teacher to real estate, she rose through the years to the person that the world’s largest real estate franchise company well describes on its own website:

“She is the heart of Keller Williams, and her personal integrity and unending drive are touchstones that have made KW one of the most successful franchises in real estate history.”

When she ascended to the roles of Keller-Williams (KW) vice chairman and CEO in 1992, the company had 3,200 agents. After two decades of her leadership, it had more than 180,000.

Now, the pretty farmgirl with the winning smile prays for the President of the United States as he sits nearby with head bowed and eyes closed at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. She leads the great and mighty of Oklahoma in a chant of “Should you be afraid to dream big? Should you be afraid to grow older? NO, NEVER!” as she gains induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Richard, himself a businessman par excellence and former OU basketball standout, offers an insight gleaned from over 60 years of marriage into her success: