Meet the wealthiest physician billionaire

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare co-founder Thomas Frist, MD, is the wealthiest physician billionaire, according to Forbes' real-time net worth tracker.

Here are eight things to know about Dr. Frist:

  1. Dr. Frist has a global wealth ranking of 74 with a net worth of $21.8 billion.
  2. Dr. Frist and his family are the wealthiest people in Tennessee.
  3. Dr. Frist received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
  4. Dr. Frist previously served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force.
  5. Dr. Frist co-founded HCA Healthcare in 1968 alongside his father, Thomas Frist Sr., MD, and Jack Massey.
  6. Dr. Frist became president of HCA Healthcare in 1977 before being named chairman and CEO in 1987.
  7. Dr. Frist currently serves as chairman emeritus of HCA Healthcare.
  8. Dr. Frist was an inaugural inductee into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.

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