340. Noam Gottesman
$2.4 billion Self-made Score: & Source: hedge funds age: 56 residence: new York city B.a., Columbia ’86
After selling his hedge fund GLG Partners for $1.6 billion in 2010, Gottesman, who lives in a converted ice factory in lower Manhattan, took the proceeds and invested in food. First, Burger King: He now owns about 250 franchises. Then New York’s Eleven Madison Park (named the world’s best restaurant earlier this year). One of his other New York restaurants, Nomad, is opening a location in Los Angeles this fall.