63. David Gef­fen


The Brook­lyn na­tive spear­headed a tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion at his high school. He used a fake UCLA de­gree to keep his gig in the mail room at en­ter­tain­ment agency Wil­liam Mor­ris; that he never at­tended UCLA didn’t stop him from do­nat­ing $400 mil­lion to the univer­sity. The Hol­ly­wood power bro­ker founded Asy­lum Records and Gef­fen Records and launched ca­reers of such bands as Aero­smith and Guns N’ Roses. He may have mostly re­tired from the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness, but he still reg­u­larly sur­rounds him­self with fa­mous faces (Oprah, Di­caprio, Spring­steen), whom he of­ten hosts on his $470 mil­lion yacht, Ris­ing Sun.

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