Cindy Hensley – Heiress to the Hensley Beer Distributors
Cindy Hensley grew up as part of Phoenix’s elite, growing up as the heiress to Hensley beer distributorship and receiving lavish gifts from both of her parents. Cindy would often feel intimidated by others, yet still had confidence that she belonged there. Her mother instilled discipline while her father showered her with gifts.
At University of Southern California, she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Here she learned that adhering to rules would reap rewards.
Early Life and Education
Cindy Hensley was raised with strict manners and an honor code, making it hard for her to express emotions freely. Cindy once even shed a tear before her sister but was immediately corrected when it happened in front of them both.
At the University of Southern California, where she earned an undergraduate degree in education, Cindy joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority – an organization with strict rules that prohibited men beyond its first floor from joining.
Cindy serves on the board of Project C.U.R.E and is a member of the McCain Institute, an organization which promotes character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Cindy is also an active philanthropist who founded American Voluntary Medical Team which provided emergency care services in third world and war-torn countries.
Cindy currently serves as chairman of Hensley & Company, one of the nation’s premier Anheuser-Busch distributors. Additionally, she sits as trustee on USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.
She has also been actively engaged with non-profit medical organizations, such as American Voluntary Medical Team which she directed from 1988-1995 and conducted 55 international medical missions to third world and war-torn nations.
As part of her humanitarian activities, she supports several groups such as HALO Trust for land mine removal, Operation Smile to assist children with facial deformities such as cleft palates. Additionally, she advocates same-sex marriage and stands against human trafficking by chairing the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council.
Achievement and Honors
Cindy is an unwavering champion for those unable to defend themselves, whether in the United States or remote regions around the globe. Cindy is especially dedicated to fighting human trafficking; traveling even to desolate and difficult areas to shed light on this important topic.
Hensley attended the University of Southern California where she earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in education. There she became involved with Kappa Alpha Theta sorority house. Here she held several leadership roles known as “Theta Ladies.” To ensure an atmosphere free of alcohol, members yelled their name before going beyond the first floor.
Hensley Beverage Company, one of the top Anheuser-Busch distributors in the US.
Cindy Hensley grew up privileged, thanks to her father’s successful beer distribution business. Following graduation from high school, Cindy entered University of Southern California where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority which was famously socially conservative – no alcohol allowed inside and no men over first floor without official notice allowed into house unless announced beforehand.
Cindy Hensley assumed control of Hensley & Company following her father’s passing in 2000, one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributorships in America. Additionally, Cindy serves on the board for USC Rossier School of Education.
Charity work has long been part of her life, often traveling abroad to assist those in need. She is especially dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, serving on the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council as chairperson.
Cindy Hensley, best known as the widow of former US senator and presidential candidate John McCain, is an accomplished businesswoman with an estimated net worth of $400 Million. Most of her fortune comes from Hensley & Co’s beer distribution company inherited in 2000 from her family.
Hensley first met McCain more than two decades ago at a military reception in Hawaii where he was serving as a Navy liaison officer. They married shortly thereafter in 1980 after signing a prenuptial agreement which placed Hensley’s assets solely in her name and separated finances; additionally they filed separate tax returns.
The Hensleys live in two beachfront condos in Coronado where they spend much of their time. Additionally, they generously give back to charity and serve on boards like Operation Smile, CARE and HALO Trust.