Gary Friedman


Raised by a single mother, Friedman worked as a Gap stock boy after dropping out of junior college. He later joined Williams-Sonoma, where he helped launch o shoot West Elm. When he was passed over for CEO, Friedman jumped to a nearly bankrupt competitor, Restoratio­n Hardware, and turned it into a luxury furniture icon. Shares of the company, now called RH, are up 80% over the past year amid the pandemic’s home decorating boom.

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