278. Joseph Grendys

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His $3.3 billion (est. sales) poul­try pro­ces­sor, Koch Foods, slaugh­ters, ships and sells chicken di­rectly to cus­tomers and com­pa­nies na­tion­wide. (If you’ve had a Burger King nugget, you’ve prob­a­bly eaten a Grendys bird.) Grendys still lives in his 1,300-square-foot split-level child­hood home. He started at Koch Foods when it was a one-room butcher shop, lured by a 50% eq­uity of­fer from orig­i­nal owner Fred Koch. He bought out his former boss in 1992 and ex­panded by snap­ping up smaller feed mills and slaugh­ter­houses.

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