179. Harry Stine

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

The Mcpher­son Col­lege alum, who is dyslexic and mildly autis­tic, was the first in his fam­ily of farm­ers to go to col­lege. He put him­self through school by wash­ing milk bot­tles and dig­ging up plants for a nurs­ery. He got into seed breed­ing in the 1960s and was one of the first to patent the ge­net­ics of the soy­bean in the early 1990s. His firm, which li­censes his pow­er­ful corn and soy­bean seed ge­net­ics to multi­na­tional firms like Mon­san­ to and Syn­genta, has over 900 patents on soy­bean seeds alone.

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