Self made billionaire. Born to English father and Polish mother, started selling magazines, lemonade during the Depression. Earned physics master's from UCLA. Founded, sold aerospace companies Spectrolab and Helioteck 1960s. Funded Pacesetter Systems (rechargeable pacemakers), MiniMed (insulin pumps); sold companies to Medtronic for $4.2 billion in 2001. Committed philanthropist says he'll donate his entire fortune to charity and research.
Divorced and has 6 children. Education: University of California at Los Angeles, Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of California at Los Angeles, Master of Science.
$1.4 billion as of 2005.