388. Jon Yar­brough

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$2 billion  Self-made Score: * Source: videogames age: 60 res­i­dence: franklin, tenn. B.S., ten­nessee tech ’81 be­fore be­com­ing a videogame en­trepreneur, Yar­brough was a col­lege stu­dent play­ing a lot of foos­ball, in­tern­ing at nasa and study­ing to earn an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree at ten­nessee tech. his in­ter­est in gam­ing as a busi­ness started when he no­ticed how much he was earn­ing from loan­ing his foos­ball ta­ble to a lo­cal sa­loon. (the owner agreed to let him keep it there and split the rev­enues with him.) this led him to even­tu­ally cre­ate his casino-game busi­ness video gam­ing tech­nolo­gies in 1991; it be­came a pop­u­lar sup­plier to na­tive amer­i­can casi­nos. Yar­brough sold the com­pany to the aus­tralian firm aris­to­crat leisure for $1.28 billion in 2014.

Jon Yar­brough (right) and a friend play foos­ball on the first ta­ble he ever owned.

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