Net worth:$4.5 billion
Country of citizenship: United States
William Cook Started medical device company Cook Group in 1963; it specializes in stents and catheters. Has expanded internationally, with units in Europe and Asia.
William Cook, who died Friday 15 April 2011 from heart failure, epitomized the American entrepreneurial experience.
He started with $1,500 in capital and left behind,Forbes estimated his fortune at $4.5 billion, a medical device company that employs 10,000 people, and a legacy of restoring old buildings in Southern Indiana including a $450 million refurbishment of the grand French Lick Resort.
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