288. David Mur­dock

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$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.

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