David Murdock

CATEGORY: Billionaires

INDUSTRY: Investment/Real Estate

COMPANY: Dole Food Company, Inc./Castle & Cook

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: This high school dropout made a tidy fortune in the real estate industry. Then he bought portions of Dole Food Company, Inc. and Castle & Cook. The two combined companies result in one of the largest privately held entities in the U.S., with 63,000 employees in more than 90 countries. Its portfolio includes development and ownership of real estate, leasing of transportation equipment, manufacture of brick and building materials, oil and gas holdings, aviation services, and ownership of public warehouses. In Hawaii the company also owns a significant portion of the 90,000-acre island of Lana’i and two award-winning Four Seasons Hotels.

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