374. Todd Christopher
$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.