Gary Michelson

CATEGORY: Billionaires

INDUSTRY: Medicine

COMPANY: Found Animals

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: Michelson found his fortune by licensing tools that are often integral to the completion of complicated back surgery. He then enforced his patents in two legal cases, one of which resulted in $1.35 billion settlement. He now uses his fortune for charities and is working on a solution for the large number of unwanted pets in the U.S., focusing on the Los Angeles area.

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