302. James Ir­say

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$2.7 billion  @ self-made score: source: in­di­anapo­lis colts age: 58 res­i­dence: carmel, ind. B.f.a., smu ’82 as a kid, ir­say grew up im­mersed in his fam­ily’s busi­ness: the in­di­anapo­lis colts. a loy­ola academy stu­dent dur­ing the school year, ir­say lived and trav­eled with the team dur­ing sum­mer camp. He played foot­ball at smu, where he earned a broad­cast-journalism de­gree. af­ter col­lege he joined the colts’ front of­fice, work­ing in every­thing from ticket sales to pub­lic re­la­tions. He was named GM in 1984, at age 24. af­ter his fa­ther’s death in 1997, ir­say be­came 100% owner. He also owns the orig­i­nal man­u­script of Jack Ker­ouac’s On the Road plus gui­tars from such rock le­gends as Prince, bob dy­lan and Jerry Gar­cia.

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