C-store Industry Execs Among America's Richest

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C-store Industry Execs Among America's Richest


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores owners Tom and Judy Love were named to "The Forbes 400: The Richest People in America" list.

According to the list, released today, the Loves are the 113th richest Americans, with an estimated wealth of $3.5 billion.

Although no other convenience store operator earned a place on the coveted list, several people with ties to industry suppliers and quick service restaurants did. Candy magnates Forrest Mars Jr., Jacqueline Mars and John Mars all tied for 16th on the list, with each having an estimated wealth of $17 billion.

Peter Buck and Fred DeLuca of Subway fame tied for 179th on the list with each sporting an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion. Also, Mary Alice Dorrance Malone from Campbell Soup Co. came in 190th with an estimated $2.4 billion; gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. placed 218th with $2.2 billion; food distributors J. Christopher Reyes and Jude Reyes tied for 239th with an estimated $2 billion; Brad Kelley of tobacco fame finished No. 250 with $1.9 billion in wealth; Manoj Bhargava, founder and CEO of 5-hour Energy, ranked No. 311 with an estimated $1.5 billion in assets; and Charlotte Colket Weber of Campbell Soup fame placed No. 360 with $1.2 billion in assets.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft founder Bill Gates placed No. 1 on the list. This represents the 19th consecutive year Gates ranked first. He has an estimated wealth of $66 billion.

Following Gates on the list are Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison, Charles Koch and David Koch.