374. Todd Christo­pher

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$2.1 billion  Self-made Score: ( Source: hair care prod­ucts age: 55 res­i­dence: clear­wa­ter, fla. high School dropout

his great-grand­fa­thers in italy cut hair. so did his grand­fa­ther, fa­ther and 7 un­cles. at age 17, he dropped out of high school to fol­low fam­ily tra­di­tion, pick­ing up a pair of scis­sors at his cousin’s hair salon. (his brother and 6 cousins would all do the same job.) at 22, he opened his first salon, of­ten sleep­ing there to save money. to avoid evic­tion from his salon, he sold red­ken prod­ucts to a drug­store across the street. that suc­cess led him to sell hair-care prod­ucts full-time. over 2 decades, his vogue in­ter­na­tional re­leased brands such as fx, maui and his big­gest hit, monochro­matic bot­tles of ogx. he sold a stake in vogue in­ter­na­tional to the car­lyle group in 2014; 2 years later John­son & John­son bought the whole com­pany.

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