288. David Murdock
$2.8 billion ) self-made score: source: dole, real estate
age: 94 residence: ventura, calif. high school dropout Since April, Murdock’s Dole Foods has filed to go public, laid off nearly 600 workers at its strawberry farms in California and is now reportedly considering offers from private equity firms. The $4.5 billion (sales) company has posted declining revenues since 2015 and carries a heavy debt load. In 2016 it was subpoenaed by the DOJ after a listeria outbreak left at least 2 people dead. It is apparently still in the process of responding. Murdock, who is dyslexic, dropped out of high school in the 9th grade and worked at a gas station before being drafted into the Army in 1943.