21. Lonnie Johnson
Net Worth: $360 million
Lonnie Johnson is an American engineer, best known for his invention of the Super Soaker water gun. He also invented the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter System. He founded two companies- Johnson Electro-Mechanical Systems and Excellatron Solid State. He also served as the systems engineer for the Cassini Mission to Saturn, as well as Galileo Mission to Jupiter. Popular Mechanics awarded him with the ‘Breakthrough Award’ for his contributions to Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Convertor Systems. In 2011, Johnson was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
22. Roxanne Quimby
Net Worth: $350 million
One of the richest persons of Maine, Roxanne Quimby, is the founder of Burt’s Bees, who owns a wealth of $350 million. She started making wax candles along with the beekeeper Burt Shavitz and later, launched a lip balm, which proved to be successful throughout the market. The company’s profit increased immensely. She purchased the company in 1993, and in 2007, sold it for $350 million. Quimby also runs a philanthropic organization, called Quimby Family Foundation, which aims to promote the value of art in Maine. It includes several organizations, such as ‘A Company of Girls’, ‘Center for Maine Contemporary Art’, ‘30 Mile River Watershed Association’, ‘Coastal Mountains Land Trust’, ‘Friends of Maine Seabird Islands’, and ‘Maine Songwriters Association’.
23. Zack Bogue
Net Worth: $300 million
Zack Bogue is an American businessman and real estate investor owning a net worth of $300 million. He earned a large part of his wealth through successful investments. He is the co-founder of an investment firm, called ‘Data Collective’, and the managing partner of the capital firm ‘Den’. Earlier, Bogue was the founder and managing partner of ‘Montara Capital Partners’, a real estate investment firm. He also invested in several technology companies, such as Metamarkets, Kaggle, Square and UberCab. Bogue is married to Marissa Mayer, the 20th employee of Google and the present CEO of Yahoo. He resides at a lavish penthouse worth $5 million.
24. Forrest Lucas
Net Worth: $300 million
Forrest Lucas is an American businessman and the founder of Lucas Oil. Initially, he worked as a truck-driver for a long period of time, but later, in 1989, along with his wife, he founded ‘Lucas Oil’. The company manufactures automobile oil products, lubricants and additives. His business ventures include sponsorship of racing teams, ‘Lucas Oil Stadium’; ‘Lucas Oil Production Studios’- a video production company; ‘Lucas Oil Raceway’; ‘Lucas Cattle Company’; and a property management company, named as ‘Property Development in California & Phoenix’. Lucas is also associated with several charitable institutions and supports several causes, like education, medicine and animal care. He resides at his native place and owns a luxurious home in Marengo, Southern Indiana.
25. Leyla Aliyeva
Net Worth: $200 million
Leyla Aliyeva is the editor-in-chief of ‘Baku’, a style magazine. She is the co-owner of an aviation company, called ‘SW Holding’. Leyla also serves as the President of ‘Azerfone’, which holds 24% control of Azerbaijan’s cell phone communication market. She is also actively involved with International Dialogue for Environmental Action (IDEA), which is a global initiative to aware and motivate the youth in order to bring sustainable development. She is the Vice President of a charitable organization, called ‘Heyder Aliyeva Foundation’. In November 2011, she received an award of ‘Key to Life’ by the Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation.