278. Michael Rubin

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

Rubin’s sports re­tailer Fa­nat­ics closed a $1 billion fund­ing round from Softbank in Au­gust, rais­ing its val­u­a­tion to $4.5 billion. Rubin pre­vi­ously sold GSI Com­merce to ebay for $2.4 billion in 2011; as part of the deal, he paid $500 mil­lion for a ma­jor­ity own­er­ship in 3 un­wanted ebay busi­nesses: flash-sales site Rue La La, Sho­prun­ner—and Fa­nat­ics. Rubin, who opened his first ski-sup­ply store at 14 in a strip mall, dropped out of Vil­lanova to focus on his ski busi­ness, which by then had sev­eral lo­ca­tions.

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