Forbes Middle East - - THOUGHT LEADERS -

Net worth: $5 B Na­tion­al­ity: Amer­i­can Year of sign­ing: 2012 Source of wealth: Home De­pot

Arthur Blank and Bernie Mar­cus co­founded Home De­pot in 1978 af­ter be­ing fired from their jobs at a re­gional hard­ware store.

“The needs in our so­ci­ety are more pro­found than at any point in my life­time. Phi­lan­thropy alone can­not re­pair all of the so­cial in­jus­tice in our coun­try or the world. It can, how­ever, in­spire good will, spark in­no­va­tion and pro­vide thought lead­er­ship.”

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