122. Frederick Smith
sales at smith’s fedex exceeded $60 billion for the first time in the fiscal year ending may 2017, driven by recent acquisitions (tnt express) as well as an $1.8 billion investment in aircraft; the stock is up by 39% in the past 12 months. smith came up with the idea for his shipping company while writing a term paper at Yale. although his professor was not wowed, smith went ahead and launched the company after returning home from the vietnam war in 1971. smith and former president george w. bush were fraternity brothers at delta kappa epsilon.