315. Peter Thiel
$2.6 billion Self-made Score: * Source: facebook, palantir age: 50 residence: san francisco J.d., Stanford ’92 thiel’s staunch support of donald trump—he gave a speech at the republican national convention— paid off when trump triumphed and thiel got a spot on his transition team. a member of his high school’s aerospace club, he cofounded paypal but now gets most of his wealth from a stake in data-mining unicorn palantir, which he also cofounded. and while he may have earned 2 stanford degrees, he’s well known for his $100,000 thiel fellowship grants, which go to young entrepreneurs who skip or drop out of college and work on a startup.