108. Robert Rowl­ing

Forbes - - PROMOTION — DAN FRANCIS -

In 1996, Rowl­ing used $500 mil­lion of pro­ceeds from the sale of fam­ily oil and gas fields to pur­chase Omni Ho­tels & Re­sorts. Since then he has nearly dou­bled the chain to 60 lo­ca­tions with 21,000 rooms. More are on the way, with new projects in Bos­ton, Louisville and At­lanta (in a ven­ture with the Braves). Rowl­ing also owns Gold’s Gym, which has more than 700 lo­ca­tions world­wide.

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