Net Worth: $4 Billion
- Source of Wealth Businessman (hair products, tequila)
- Nationality American
DeJoria has a personal net worth of over $4 billion, John Paul DeJoria is one of the great stories of achieving the American Dream. Twenty years after being homeless, he was able to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Along the way he built two iconic companies — John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón Spirits. Today, perhaps his most significant contribution is his business philosophy, which is at the intersection of helping the world, helping people individually and creating profit — all with a genuine smile on his face.
The Navy vet teamed with Paul Mitchell to launch the shampoo company with $700 in 1980 while living in car; sales now top $900 million. Started tequila maker Patron Spirits with Martin Crowley 1989; friends like Clint Eastwood and Wolfgang Puck introduced drink to Hollywood crowd. Sells more than 2 million cases annually. Philanthropist supporting Grow Appalachia, helping families create self-sustainable gardens to fight obesity and poverty. Last year his salon schools gathered hair clippings to make oil-absorbing buoys for BP spill.