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J.R. Simplot
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    (January 9, 1909-May 25, 2008)
    Born in Dubuque, Iowa
    Birth name was John Richard Simplot
    Founder of the agribusiness firm J.R. Simplot Company
    Provided half of McDonald's french fries
    Worth $3.6 billion (2007)
    He dropped out of school at age 14.
    He left home after his father refused to let him attend a basketball game.
    He was banned from commodities trading for six years and fined $50,000 for trying to manipulate Maine potato futures.
    After he handed over the family company to his children, he criticized their leadership, saying 'They've not done as good as I'd hoped.'
    His vanity plates read 'Mr Spud.'
    He was a self-made millionaire by age 30.
    He diversified from potatoes into computer chips, purchasing 40% of Micron Technology.
    He donated his home in Boise to the state of Idaho to serve as the new governor's mansion (2004).
    He credited his longevity to avoiding alcohol and tobacco.
    An atheist, he said, 'I'm a fact man, and if it don't add up, I don't buy it. I don't believe in hocus-pocus.'

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