76. David Green & fam­ily


The son of a preacher, Green didn’t ex­cel at aca­demics—he re­peated sev­enth grade—but a work-study pro­gram dur­ing his ju­nior year of high school gave him a chance to work at a gen­eral store. Though he mostly swept floors and un­loaded boxes for 60 cents an hour, he fell in love with the busi­ness and later met his wife at the shop. More than a decade later, in 1970, the cou­ple bor­rowed $600 to start a crafts busi­ness that would be­come the Hobby Lobby chain. To­day the $4.3 billion (sales) arts and crafts re­tailer stocks more than 75,000 items at over 800 lo­ca­tions. The fam­ily is one of the big­gest sup­port­ers of Chris­tian causes, with plans to open the Mu­seum of the Bi­ble in Washington, D.C., in late 2017.

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