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17. Missouri : Jack Taylor

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Jack Taylor is the founder of car rental Enterprise Holdings, which operates the largest fleet in the world with 1.5 million cars under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo and National brands. Taylor founded Enterprise in 1957 and named the company after the aircraft carrier he served on during World War II. He ran Enterprise until 1991, when handed the reins to his son Andy.

He is retired but remains an advisor. Andy stepped down as CEO in 2013 and became executive chairman; Pamela Nicholson took over as the first non-family member CEO. Taylor’s daughter Jo Ann Taylor Kindle is president of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the company’s charitable arm. Taylor and his family own an estimated 88% of Enterprise Holdings.

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