179. Isaac Perlmutter
With $250 in his pocket, Perlmutter immigrated from Israel to America in 1967. From there, his life story reads like one of the fantastical Marvel stories he now produces: He presided over Jewish funerals and sold toys on the sidewalk before eventually buying comicbook company Marvel. Under Perlmutter, it started to pump out hit movies like Iron
Man and The Avengers. Perlmutter sold a majority to Disney in 2009 and is no longer in charge of the movie machine that will soon release Black Panther and the third Avengers installment. He is chairman of Marvel Entertainment, the TV and comicbook business.