200. Tom Gores

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The Is­raeli na­tive moved with his fam­ily to Michi­gan in 1968 at age 4, grow­ing up in Flint, where he stocked shelves at a gro­cery store. He and his fam­ily pros­pered greatly—his Plat­inum Eq­uity closed a $6.5 bil­lion fund in March; brother Alec (No. 359) made his own for­tune— while their adopted home­town de­cayed. To help Flint, Gores launched a cam­paign last year called Flint-now to raise money for the wa­ter cri­sis. In Au­gust he pledged $1 mil­lion to cre­ate the Flint Prom­ise schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

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