Abigail Johnson, the president of Fidelity Financial Services, the parent company of mutual fund giant Fidelity Investments, is on a roll.
Johnson was one of four honorees named “New Englander of the Year” at the annual dinner of the New England Council, a Boston-based business lobbying group, on Oct. 4.
The awards are presented each year to people from the New England region in recognition of their contributions to their fields of work and impact on the region’s quality of life and economy. “I was, in fact, raised to believe that New England is the best place in the world,” Johnson said, during her acceptance speech.
Also honored by the New England Council were Robert Sheridan, chief executive of Savings Bank Life Insurance Co. in Woburn, Mass.; U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.); and the writer and historian David McCullough.
This was the second regional award recently bestowed on the Johnson family. In April, the entire Johnson family was honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce with a Distinguished Bostonians award.
Johnson, 50, was also named in August to the number two spot at Fidelity, and is thought to be the heir apparent to take over the CEO role when her father, Edward “Ned” Johnson III, retires.
Recently, she was cited as “one of the most powerful women in the world of investing” by Forbes in its recently published Forbes 400 List of the Richest People in America. She was listed at #27 with a net worth of $11.8 billion.