161. Igor Oleni­coff

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Oleni­coff, who im­mi­grated from Rus­sia at 15, at­tended com­mu­nity col­lege be­fore qual­i­fy­ing for a gov­ern­ment grant to pay for his stud­ies at USC—ON the con­di­tion he ei­ther work in gov­ern­ment or teach af­ter grad­u­a­tion. He sat­is­fied the re­quire­ments by teach­ing evening cour­ses at Val­ley Col­lege (now called Los An­ge­les Val­ley Col­lege) in busi­ness math for 4 years while work­ing at Shell Oil and tak­ing M.B.A. classes. To­day Oleni­coff owns more than 8 mil­lion square feet of of­fice space and 12,000 res­i­den­tial units across 5 states through his Olen Prop­er­ties, based in Cal­i­for­nia.

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