75. John A. So­brato & fam­ily

Forbes - - PROMOTION — DAN FRANCIS -

So­brato’s mother, an Ital­ian im­mi­grant, sold her late hus­band’s restau­rant in the 1950s and used the pro­ceeds to ac­quire prop­erty south of San Fran­cisco. The first in his fam­ily to go to col­lege, So­brato worked 3 days a week sell­ing houses start­ing his sopho­more year at Santa Clara Univer­sity. Then an as­pir­ing en­gi­neer, So­brato was put on pro­ba­tion be­cause of poor grades in his en­gi­neer­ing classes and de­cided to switch to busi­ness in­stead. The move paid off; the fu­ture mogul scored a spot on the dean’s list ev­ery se­mes­ter there­after. To­day his So­brato Or­ga­ni­za­tion owns prime of­fice space across Sil­i­con Val­ley, in­clud­ing the head­quar­ters of Ya­hoo and Net­flix, plus over 6,000 apart­ments along the West Coast.

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