Hoosier entrepreneurs make magazine’s billionaires list

Four Hoosiers have made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the richest people in the world.

Cook Group Inc. founder Bill Cook, who made his fortune selling medical devices, ranked 176th with a net worth of $4.5 billion. Noted philanthropists, Cook, 78, and his wife Gayle last month gave Indiana University $15 million for its new basketball training center. The Cooks live in Bloomington.

Dean White, the 86-year-old founder of Merrillville-based White Lodging, was listed 582nd with a net worth of $1.7 billion. White Lodging is developing the $450 million Marriott Place hotel complex in downtown Indianapolis. In January, the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation Inc. said it would donate $5.4 million to promote the city’s tourism and convention business.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, 50, also made Forbes’ list. The Carmel resident’s net worth was estimated to be $1.4 billion.

Not far behind him: Indiana Pacers owner and Simon Property Group co-founder Herb Simon, 75, with a net worth pegged at $1.1 billion.

Mexican tycoon Carlo Slim Helu ($53.5 billion) topped the billionaires list for the first time this year, edging out Microsoft chief Bill Gates ($53 billion) and investing guru Warren Buffett ($47 billion).

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