Forbes 400 member. Danaher. "With brother Steven, left father's real estate firm 1979, started buying small manufacturing companies during junk bond frenzy 1980s. Result: Equity Group Holdings. Acquired crippled REIT, fused with other manufacturing, industrial companies to form Danaher. Revamped more than 3 dozen companies in 25 years. Sales: $11 billion. New fortune in pump-and-valve manufacturer Colfax; took public May 2008, shares up 18% since as investors bet on future opportunities in gas, oil markets. Combined stake worth $500 million."
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