54. Charles Sch­wab


A pi­o­neer of low-cost in­vest­ing for the masses, Sch­wab got into the dis­count bro­ker­age busi­ness in 1971. To­day Charles Sch­wab Corp. has $3.12 tril­lion in client as­sets and man­ages cor­po­rate re­tire­ment plans. Sch­wab, who was di­ag­nosed with dyslexia when he was 47, strug­gled in read­ing-heavy classes but ex­celled in ar­eas with num­bers, like math and eco­nom­ics. His Charles & He­len Sch­wab Foun­da­tion sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives and helps chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

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