374. Ronald Wanek
$2.1 billion Self-made Score: & Source: furniture
age: 76 residence: st. petersburg, fla. high School diploma
Wanek, who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, started his first furniture manufacturing business, Arcadia Furniture, in 1970 with a loan
from his father and money he got from selling his home. Six years later Arcadia Furniture merged with retailer Ashley Furniture; it is now America’s largest home furniture manufacturer and retailer.