Six Greek-Americans are among America’s richest people, according to the 2013 Forbes 400 list released on September 16. All of them are self-made and their net worth varies from $1.3 billion to $4 billion. Here are the successful Greek-Americans who landed one of 400 spots on a list of America’s richest people as released by Forbes magazine:
John Paul DeJoria, the second son of an Italian immigrant father and a Greek immigrant mother ranks 110th with a net worth of $4 billion. According to the Forbes list, he is the richest American of Greek descent. Dejoria comes from rough beginnings–his parents were poor, and as a kid he was a member of a street gang. Wanting to leave his past behind, he enlisted in the US Navy and later got a job from which he was fired at the world of haircare at Redken Laboratories. In 1980, he co-founded the haircare outfit John Paul Mitchell Systems. He also helped create tequila distiller Patron Spirits.
Jim Davis, the Chairman of footwear manufacturer New Balance, is the second richest Greek-American. Davis, the son of Greek immigrants, bought the company with only six employees and turned it into a global conglomerate with more than 4,000 employees. He is the 161st richest American, with a net worth of $3.1 billion.
John Catsimatidis, the self-made billionaire who ran unsuccessfully for New york City mayor, has a net worth of $3.1 billion and shares the 161st position with Jim Davis. Catsimatidis is the owner of Gristedes supermarkets in New York and he has also companies in the real estate and oil sectors. Catsimatidis dropped from the 132nd position that he had in 2012 to the 161st position in 2013. Catsimatidis has two children and resides in New York City.
The fourth richest Greek in America is George Argyros, with a net worth of $2.1 billion. He is the 26oth richest person in the US as of September 2013. Argyros, who was the Ambassador of the US to Spain under the second George W. Bush administration, owns real estate and investment companies. A self-made billionaire, he has three children and resides in Newport Beach, CA.
Michael Jaharis is the 273rd richest person on the Forbes 400 list, with a net worth of $2 billion. Jaharis, who holds a PhD of Jurisprudence, DePaul University, owns pharmaceutical companies and resides in New York, NY.
At the 386th position on the Forbes 400 list with a net worth of $1.3 billion is Dean Mitropoulos, founder of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co. The Connecticut businessman is known as the “Acquisition King” for his ability to gobble up lucrative companies, including Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Twinkies.
In general, the list was topped by Bill Gates, as the richest American for the 20th year in a row; he has reclaimed the title of world’s richest person from Mexico’s Carlos Slim with a net worth of $72 billion. Warren Buffett is at number two with $58.5 billion, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is back into the top 20 with a net worth of $19 billion.