226. An­drew & Peggy Ch­erng

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$3.3 billion  self-made score: ( source: restau­rants

age: 70, 68 res­i­dence: las ve­gas m.s., u. of mis­souri ’72 (an­drew) Ph.d., u. of mis­souri ’74 (Peggy) Co­founders of the $2.8 billion (sales) Chi­nese fast food chain Panda Ex­press are di­ver­si­fy­ing, in­vest­ing in smaller chains that sell cheese­cake, salad and more. In

Septem­ber, they part­nered with the Ja­panese own­ers of pop­u­lar ra­men brasserie Ip­pudo to open a Cal­i­for­nia lo­ca­tion. The pair pledged $30 mil­lion in March to Cal­tech (nei­ther is an alum) to sup­port the school’s med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing department. The im­mi­grant cou­ple met at Baker Univer­sity in Kansas.

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