Quick Facts of Helen Bates Penny Chenery Tweedy

  • Full NameHelen Bates Penny Chenery Tweedy
  • Net Worth$10 million
  • Date of Birth1922 /01 /27
  • NicknamePenny Chenery
  • Marital StatusDivorced
  • BirthplaceNew Rochelle, New York, The USA
  • EthnicityWhite
  • ProfessionSportswoman
  • NationalityAmerican
  • Active Year1943-2017
  • Eye colourBlue
  • Hair colourBlonde
  • SpouseJohn Bayard Tweedy (m. 1949, divorced 1973) Lennart Ringquist (divorced)
  • EducationMerida School, Smith College and Columbia Business School
  • Children4
  • HoroscopeAquarius

Penny Chenery was an American horse breeder and jockey. She owned the legendary 1973 Triple Crown champion horse race Secretariat. Moreover, Penny also bred the Eclipse Award-winning horse, Saratoga Dew.

Furthermore, Penny was married twice in her life, but she lived a single life until she died. Also, from her first marriage, she had four children. However, Penny doesn’t share any children from her second marriage.

Early Years of Cherney

Helen Bates Penny Chenery Tweedy aka Penny Chenery, was born on January 27, 1992, in New Rochelle, New York, the USA. Moreover, Penny hasn’t shared the name of her mother but she is the youngest daughter of Christopher Cheney while she was named Helen Bates Chenery after her mother.

In addition, Penny was raised alongside her two siblings in Pelham Manor. During her early years, she went to The Maderia School in McLean, Virginia. From there she earned a degree and graduation in 1939. After graduation, she enrolled at Smith College and later on earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Also, she had studied at Columbia Business School.

Chenery took a picture during an interview
Chenery took a picture during an interview
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In 1943, Penny started working as an assistant for Gibbs and Cox, a company that designed warcraft for the Normandy invasion. However, she quit her job and took part in volunteering for the Red Cross in 1945. At that, she traveled to France as a Doughnut Girl to help war-weary soldiers transition to ships home at the end of World War II.

Personal Life

As we mentioned, Penny Chenery was married twice in her life. At first, she was married to her long time boyfriend John Tweedy. The couple first met while she was attending the Columbia Business School. Since then the couple dated for several years before getting married. In May 1949, the couple tied their knot.

The couple stayed together for nineteen years. Also, from their marriage, the couple shared four children. Among them two are sons and two of them are daughters.  Sarah Tweedy, Christopher Tweedy, Kate Tweedy, and John Jr. Tweedy are the names of her children.

During the racing season of 1973, she had an affair with Lucien Laurin. Because of the affair, her marriage turned into divorce in late 1973. Also, her affair didn’t last long and later they broke off. After that, she met another gut named Lennart Ringquist. The couple eventually dated for a while and got married. However, their marriage didn’t last long and ended with a divorce.

In the early 1990s, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky and later she moved to Boulder, Colorado to spend her final years near her children. On September 16, 2017, she died at her home due to complications from a stroke. At that time she was 95 years old.

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How rich is Penny Chenery?

Penny Chenery has received lots of fame and wealth because of her contribution to the entertainment industry. Even after her death, her fame didn’t fade away easily. According to Celebritynetworth.com, Penny has collected a massive net worth of $10 million.

Additionally, Penny has also received Numerous racing awards and along with Martha F. Gerry and Allaire du Pont, she became one of the first women admitted to The Jockey Club. Also, she has received the Eclipse Award of Merit in 2006. Not only that but she received The Arlington Park Penny Chenery Distinguished Woman in Racing Award which was established in her Honor.