340. Alan Tre­fler

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$2.4 billion  Self-made Score: * Source: soft­ware age: 61 res­i­dence: brook­line, mass. B.S., dart­mouth ’77

the chess whiz earned a mas­ter rat­ing while at dart­mouth and be­came cocham­pion of the 1975 world open chess cham­pi­onship. tre­fler started cus­tomer-en­gage­ment soft­ware firm pe­gasys­tems in 1983 us­ing $500,000—a mix of an in­her­i­tance and loans. he de­buted on the forbes 400 in 1997 with a net worth of $650 mil­lion and re­turns af­ter a 2-decade ab­sence, thanks to pe­gasys­tems’ soar­ing stock as rev­enues from cloud ser­vices in­creased.

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