Chairman, MIG LLC
WHY: Founded Hot Pockets maker Chef America Inc. with his brother, David Merage, and sold it to Nestlé in 2002 for $2.6B. Wealth estimated at $2.1B.
RECENT: Merage School full-time MBA program ranked No. 8 among public institutions. Kicking off Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation this year.
NOTABLE: Donated $30M to UCI’s business school in 2005, got naming rights. Family members run related private equity, real estate arms.