374. Ron­ald Wanek

Forbes - - PROMOTION -

$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.

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