Rags to Riches: David L. Steward, $3.7 Billion
Coming in at the #2 spot is a real American Dream story come true. David Steward came from humble beginnings in Chicago and Clinton, Missouri. The son of a homemaker and a mechanic, Steward fought not only poverty but segregation and discrimination in the 1950s and ’60s, helping to successfully integrate a public swimming pool in Clinton. By 1973, he earned a business degree from Central Missouri State University, and in 1990, he founded World Wide Technology, a tech company working in telecommunications with partners such as Cisco, HP, and Microsoft. A self-described follower of “The Golden Rule,” he is actively involved in his church and with community philanthropy.