150. Bernard Marcus
the son of russian immigrants grew up dirt poor; he told Forbes he still has problems with his feet from wearing shoes that didn’t fit him when he was young. as a kid he worked as a busboy, waiter and hypnotist in upstate new york. in college he had a food-freezer business with 2 friends where he would often work until the early hours of the morning. he and arthur blank founded home depot after being fired from hardware store handy dan in 1978. he stepped down as chairman in 2002 and has since largely focused on philanthropy. in may, he donated $38 million to launch an institute for brain health at the University of colorado’s medical school that will treat veterans.