359. Reed Hast­ings

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$2.2 billion  Self-made Score: & Source: net­flix age: 57 res­i­dence: santa cruz, calif. m.s., Stan­ford ’88

If it seems like Net­flix knows what you want to watch be­fore you do, it may have some­thing to do with the fact that its CEO, Hast­ings, has a mas­ter’s in ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. Net­flix, which he co­founded in 1997, added 20 mil­lion users in the past year and now has more than 100 mil­lion sub­scribers in 190 coun­tries; it also cap­tured its first Os­car, winning best short-sub­ject doc­u­men­tary for The White Hel­mets, a film about civil­ian vol­un­teers in Syria. Its stock has more than dou­bled in the last year, land­ing Hast­ings on The Forbes 400 for the first time.

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