47. John Me­nard Jr.

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The founder of home-im­prove­ment shops that bear his name, he opened his first Me­nard’s re­tail out­let in Eau Claire, Wis­con­sin, years be­fore Home De­pot was founded. It has 306 stores, which had an es­ti­mated $9.5 billion in sales last year; he is be­lieved to own 89% of the com­pany.

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