186. Arthur Blank

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$3.8 billion  Self-made Score: ( Source: home de­pot age: 75 res­i­dence: at­lanta B.S., Bab­son Col­lege ’63 In Au­gust, Blank’s At­lanta Fal­cons and MLS club At­lanta United moved into their new $1.5 billion home, Mercedes­benz Sta­dium, slated to host the 2019 Su­per Bowl. Blank stud­ied ac­count­ing at Bab­son Col­lege, where he ran a laun­dry­pickup ser­vice and a land­scap­ing busi­ness to cover his ex­penses. He and Bernard Mar­cus (No. 150) built Home De­pot from scratch in 1978 af­ter they were fired from jobs at re­gional hard­ware store Handy Dan. Since 1995, he has do­nated more than $65 mil­lion to ed­u­ca­tion, from youth­lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives to col­lege­readi­ness pro­grams.

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