Madeleine A. Pickens (born March 5, 1947 in Lebanon) is an American businesswoman who owns Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, California .
She is also a Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder and an animal welfare activist and philanthropist who has earned a black belt in the martial art of Taekwondo.
Born Madeleine Baker of an English father and a Lebanese mother, she did modeling and worked as a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines before going into business for herself, providing cabin service crews for corporate jets and special charter flights. She moved to the United States in the 1970s where she made her home in Marina del Rey, California. Her daughter, Dominique Richter, was born in 1980.
In 1988 she married Gulfstream Aerospace founder, Allen E. Paulson. An astute businessman, Paulson introduced her to Thoroughbred horse racing, a sport in which the couple achieved enormous success. While her husband owned several superstar horses such as U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Cigar, Madeleine Paulson owned show jumping horses plus Thoroughbreds competing in flat racing.