172. John Morris
In September, Morris’ Bass Pro Shops completed its $5 billion acquisition of rival retailer Cabela’s, nearly doubling the size of his company. Morris first started selling fish tackle in 1972 and owned 100% of the business until the merger. Bass Pro is also the biggest boat manufacturer by volume in the U.S. A 350,000squarefoot natural history museum and aquarium in Springfield, funded largely by Morris, opened in September.