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No. 26: Dan Friedkin

Age: 48Home: HoustonNet Worth: $2.5 billion

Dan Friedkin is the chairman and CEO of Gulf States Toyota, the sole Toyota distributor in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Friedkin and his dad (who founded the company) have together donated more than $900,000 to Rick Perry. He garnered unwanted headlines in 2011 when a Federal Election Commission filing revealed that the governor’s presidential campaign had not properly compensated Friedkin’s aviation company for more than $45,000 in flight time on a private jet. Earlier that same year, Perry had named Friedkin the chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Friedkin, like his father, is an avid pilot, big-game hunter, and conservationist, and he heads up a family nonprofit that aims to preserve critical wildlife habitat in Tanzania. 


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