324. Bert Beveridge
$2.5 billion Self-made Score: * Source: vodka age: 55 residence: austin, tex.
B.S., u. of texas-austin ’84 The appropriately named Beveridge is the man behind a very popular beverage: Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which sold an estimated 45 million bottles last year. Before getting into the booze business, Beveridge, whose nickname is Tito, studied geology and geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin and worked in oil and gas. In 1997 he launched Tito’s using $90,000 racked up on 19 credit cards.