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The Only Thing You Need To Know About The Kentucky Derby: Horseowners Are Really, Really Rich

The Only Thing You Need To Know About The Kentucky Derby: Horseowners Are Really, Really Rich

The challenge to build the biggest yacht is a one-dimensional quest for the super-rich: Who has the most money? But business leaders test wits too: Who can make the best investment? At the derby, these investments go head-to-head. But a look at some of the owners of this year’s horses makes one thing clear: If financial success brought championships, the race itself would be unnecessary.

Creative Cause


Owner:
Heinz Steinmann, owner of Mountain High Resorts in California, an empire valued at
$24.2 million.

Gemologist


Owner:
Kenny Troutt, founder of Excel Communications. His net worth is
$1.2 billion.

Overdriven


Owner:
Mike Repole, cofounder of Vitaminwater, which he sold to Coca-Cola in 2007 for
$4.1 billion.

Liaison


Owner:
Arnold Zetcher, former Talbots CEO (once called the most overpaid in the U.S.). The retailer is valued at
$222 million.

I’ll Have Another


Owner:
Paul Reddam, founder of
Ditech.com, which he sold
in 1999 to net
$80 million.

Image: Flickr user John Athayde

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