240. Haim Saban
$3.2 billion ( self-made score: source: tv network, investments age: 73 residence: beverly Hills, calif. high school diploma More than 2 years have passed since spanish-language tv network univision, which saban chairs, filed to go public, but the ipo still hasn’t happened. it’s a tough sell: univision lost half its prime-time audience between 2013 and 2017, and the company is burdened with $10.2 billion in debt. saban and a group of private equity firms purchased univision for $13.7 billion (using some $10 billion in debt) in 2007. saban built a fortune in the 1990s beginning with the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers tv show he created. as a kid in israel, saban was kicked out of agricultural boarding school for leading one too many protests. While serving in the israeli army, he landed a booking for his band, but he didn’t have a band or know how to play an instrument. so he founded a band and faked it.
A hustler from early on: Saban (middle, top row) in Israel with Beatles tribute band the Lions.