71. Eli Broad


broad, who has do­nated more than $1 billion to ed­u­ca­tion causes, came out strongly against betsy devos’ nom­i­na­tion as sec­re­tary of ed­u­ca­tion, send­ing a let­ter to se­nate lead­ers that called her “un­pre­pared and un­qual­i­fied.” the son of lithua­nian im­mi­grants, he paid his tu­ition at michi­gan state (he grad­u­ated in 3 years) by work­ing evenings, nights and breaks, driv­ing de­liv­ery trucks and sell­ing garbage dis­pos­als doorto-door. broad later built for­tunes in both home build­ing and in­surance.

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