Schooling: Bachelor's degree, Southern Illinois University
Hometown: Mt. Vernon, Ill.
Money made: Telecom
Best-known venture: Excel Communications
The son of a bartender, Kenny Trout grew up in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He sold insurance to get through Southern Illinois University. In 1988, Troutt founded Excel Communications, a company that grew to be the fourth-largest long distance carrier in the country in just seven years. Troutt retired in 1999 and turned some of his attention to racehorses. This year his horse, Super Saver, won the 136th Kentucky Derby.