374. W. Herbert Hunt
$2.1 billion Self-made Score: $ Source: oil age: 88 residence: dallas
B.S., washington and lee ’51
The son of famous wildcatter H.L. Hunt, who allegedly had 15 children, he and his brother Nelson (d. 2014) tried to corner the silver market in the 1970s, accumulating more than 100 million ounces, worth billions. Silver plummeted 80% in value in 1980, and the brothers fell off The Forbes 400 and into bankruptcy. Hunt endured in the oil business. In 2012 he sold his Bakken-oilfield acreage to publicly traded Halcon Resources for $1.5 billion cash and stock. His half-brother Ray Lee Hunt (No. 122) runs a separate oil company, Hunt Consolidated.