359. Thomas Lee

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$2.2 billion  Self-made Score: & Source: pri­vate eq­uity age: 73 res­i­dence: new York city B.a., har­vard ’65

The pres­i­dent of Lee Eq­uity Part­ners has been ac­tive lately. In Oc­to­ber 2016 his firm helped launch fer­til­ity-care provider Pre­lude Fer­til­ity. Two months later, it bought K-MAC Hold­ings, a Taco Bell op­er­a­tor in Arkansas. In Septem­ber, the firm sold Eat­ing Re­cov­ery Cen­ter, mak­ing 4 times its ini­tial 2013 in­vest­ment. He’s best known for lead­ing the sale of Snap­ple for $1.7 billion in 1994, 2 years af­ter he bought it, at a re­turn of 32 times eq­uity. Lee was a mem­ber of the Hast­ing Pud­ding Club, Har­vard’s old­est so­cial club.

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