302. James Irsay
$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.