226. George Lindemann & family
$3.3 billion % self-made score: source: investments age: 81 residence: Palm beach, fla. B.s., u. of Pennsylvania ’58 Lindemann made his fortune in a wide set of industries, starting with his family’s contact lens company, Permalens, which he sold in 1971. He later found success in radio stations, cable television, mobile telecom and energy—most notably selling Metro Mobile to Bell Atlantic for $2.6 billion in 1992 and natural-gas pipeline outfit Southern Union to rival Energy Transfer Equity for $5.7 billion in 2012.