Born Lois Berrodin in Philadelphia, she resides in Palm Beach County, Florida. Lois has four children and six grandchildren, and has trained for and completed five New York City Marathons.
Lois is the widow of Generoso Pope, Jr., founder of The National Enquirer.
Mr. Pope's father was the owner of a construction supply company in New York and the publisher of Il Progresso, America's leading Italian-language newspaper.
Generoso Jr., an MIT graduate, was running Il Progresso by age 21. After his father died at 59 from a heart condition, Mr. Pope worked as an intelligence officer for the CIA. And in 1952, he returned to publishing when he bought the struggling weekly The New York Enquirer.
Working tirelessly through the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Pope increased the circulation of the renamed National Enquirer until it could boast on its front cover: "Largest circulation of any paper in America."
Single-copy sales of The Enquirer rose above 6 million for some issues during the 1970s, when Mr. Pope moved the paper and his family to Florida.
In 1988, 61-year-old Pope suffered a heart attack at his home and died on the way to the hospital - in an ambulance he had donated to the town.
According to the dictates of his will, his estate came under the trusteeship of his longtime friend, former Secretary of Treasury Pete Peterson, and his Blackstone Group, an investment firm.
About a year after Mr. Pope's death, Peterson declared that it was in the best interest of the estate to put The Enquirer and its related publications up for sale.
The company was bought at auction for $412 million.
Using her share of the proceeds from the sale, Lois established the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and LIFE (Leaders in Furthering Education), which are now among the leading charitable organizations in America.
"I believe my late husband Gene Pope is standing beside me with great pride and satisfaction seeing not only what the inheritance has accomplished, but with a grateful heart to all who give of their efforts and their money," said Lois.
"I could be sitting on a yacht nibbling on kumquats, but that's not what I want - and that's not what Gene wanted.
"All that I have worked tirelessly to give, I owe to Gene - to his faith in me, his trust in my judgment, his wisdom in knowing that I would move heaven and earth to help the hundreds of thousands of people in this country, and elsewhere, who struggle so valiantly to help themselves."
For more information call LIFE at (561) 865-0955.