Charles Schwab

CATEGORY: Billionaires
COMPANY: Charles Schwab

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: The man who famously brought Wall Street back to Main Street by undercutting the big brokerage houses in the late 1970s was also one of the first to bring investing online (on CompuServe, well before the 90s Internet trading frenzy). Today, Charles Schwab & Co. holds close to $1.2 trillion of client assets (the figure fluctuates as wildly as the market) and a $25 billion bank that stayed clear of the toxic debt that has choke-slammed so many other financial institutions, and Chuck himself is a multibillionaire.

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