28. Arizona : Bruce Halle
Bruce Halle’s Discount Tire is the world’s largest independent tire and wheel retailer. He opened the first store more than half a century ago in Ann Arbor, MI. Today Discount Tire has more than 850 locations in 25 states. The company’s “Thank You” commercial holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running TV commercial. The ten-second spot has been on the air since 1975. The No. 22 Discount Tire car, driven by Brad Keselowski, won the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. Halle maintains what is most likely the world’s largest collection of vintage tire advertisements, including 400 unique lithographs from the earliest days of the industry.
His Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation supports many causes, from the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at Arizona State University to Children First Academy, the nation’s largest school for homeless children.