Ronald Burkle

CATEGORY: Billionaires
INDUSTRY: Investments/Supermarkets
COMPANY: Yucaipa Companies

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He made his fortune buying and selling supermarket chains, including Wild Oats, which was recently bought by Whole Foods for a hefty half-billion-dollar sum. His private equity firm, Yucaipa Companies, invests in retail, manufacturing, and distribution.

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