Tue 23 Mar 2010
These ten-figure titans hold sway over whole sectors
of the global economy–but most people don’t know
Joined father’s dairy outfit at age 18; transformed it into the world’s largest mozzarella producer. Today Leprino Foods supplies cheese for Domino’s, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut pizzas, Hot Pockets, string cheese.
Hiroshi Yamauchi $4.2 billion Nintendo ( NTDOY.PK – news – people ) Japan
Largest individual shareholder of Nintendo. Firm started out selling playing cards; Yamauchi led push into videogame consoles. Introduced Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985, turned Mario, Zelda into household names.
David Murdock $2.5 billion Dole U.S.
Took charge of the struggling food company 1985. Today Dole is the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables. Company went public last year; Murdock serves as chairman.
Axel Oberwelland $1.7 billion Storck Germany
Became sole owner of the candy company Storck GmbH after his father’s death in 2005. Outfit makes popular Werther’s Original, Riesen caramels. Sales: $1.9 billion.
Jorge Paulo Lemann $11.5 billion Anheuser-Busch Inbev Brazil
With Marcel Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, holds hefty stake in beverage giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev. First fortune: Flipped investment bank Banco Garantia for $675 million in 1998.
Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 23rd March 2010