324. Ed­ward Bass

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$2.5 billion  Self-made Score: $ Source: oil, in­vest­ments age: 72 res­i­dence: forth worth, tex. B.arch., yale ’72 A Re­nais­sance man, Bass stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture at Yale. In the early 1990s, he backed the ill­fated Bio­sphere 2, a flawed ex­per­i­men­tal en­closed sys­tem de­signed to demon­strate how hu­mans can live in space. He has since spear­headed the re­de­vel­op­ment of down­town Fort Worth’s Sun­dance Square, where the Bass Per­for­mance Hall is said to be one of the world’s top 10 opera houses. In Jan­uary he and his 3 broth­ers, all bil­lion­aires, sold their Texas oil­fields to Exxon­mo­bil for $5.6 billion in stock.

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