JIMMY JOHN LIAUTAUD
$1.7 BILLION JIMMY JOHN’S
Liautaud, 54, founded his eponymous sub shop in 1983 at age 19. Although he sold a minority stake to private-equity investor Weston Presidio over a decade ago and Roark Capital bought a majority stake in 2017, Liautaud still owns an estimated 35% of the company and serves as its chairman. A poor student who graduated near the bottom of his high school class, Liautaud started the business using a $25,000 loan from his father, an Army veteran. Jimmy John’s now has nearly 3,000 locations.