118. Reinhold Schmieding
Schmieding’s Arthrex, a maker of orthopedic surgical tools, has developed over 11,000 products used in shoulder, hip and other joint operations. His family (his father was a dentist) initially wanted him to become a doctor. His alma mater, Michigan State, recruited him as a golfer. At school he was also social chairman of his fraternity, Delta Chi, which he credits for giving him “social and organizational skills” he later used in business. He started his business in Germany before returning to the U.S.