264. Chuck Bun­drant

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$3 billion  self-made score: * source: fish­ing age: 75 res­i­dence: seat­tle col­lege dropout In 1961, Bun­drant dropped out from his un­der­grad­u­ate stud­ies and drove from Ten­nessee to Seat­tle, ar­riv­ing with $80 in his pocket. There he worked as a fish pro­ces­sor. In 1973, Bun­drant co­founded Tri­dent Seafoods with 2 crab fish­er­men; they cre­ated the Bi­likin, the first fish­ing boat with on­board crab cook­ers and freez­ing equip­ment. To­day he owns about 80% of the $2.6 billion (est. rev­enues) firm. Tri­dent sells Alaskan wild-caught sal­mon, cod and pol­lock to re­tail­ers like Costco, Walmart and Safe­way. He is largely cred­ited with turn­ing pol­lock into a widely con­sumed fish that he sup­plies to chains like Long John Sil­ver’s and Mcdon­ald’s.

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