172. James Jan­nard

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The USC pharmacy stu­dent dropped out in the 1960s when the dean told him he had to cut his hip­pie hair. Jan­nard went on to found sun­glasses maker Oak­ley, which went pub­lic in 1995 and sold to Lux­ot­tica for $2.1 billion in 2007. By then he was work­ing on his next project, Red Dig­i­tal, build­ing high­res­o­lu­tion dig­i­tal cam­eras that have since been used to shoot such movies as Avatar and The Hob­bit. Up next: the world’s first holo­graphic smart­phone, which, he says, has the best mo­bile cam­era on the mar­ket and will be avail­able next year.

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