359. Ron Baron

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$2.2 billion  Self-made Score: * Source: money man­age­ment age: 74 res­i­dence: new York city B.a., Buck­nell ’65

The CEO of $25 billion as­set man­age­ment firm Baron Cap­i­tal has had one of his best years since found­ing the firm in 1982. All but one of its funds are up at least 20% year-to-date. To help pay for col­lege, he worked as a ca­bana boy, life­guard, wa­ter-ski in­struc­tor and ice cream truck driver. He ap­plied to med­i­cal school but didn’t get in. He went to law school at night but quit with a se­mes­ter to go. He be­came a se­cu­ri­ties an­a­lyst in 1970 and named his dog Big Mac af­ter one of his first suc­cess­ful stock rec­om­men­da­tions.

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