226. Andrew & Peggy Cherng
$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.