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Johnny Morris moves up in world’s richest billionaires listing


Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops and hailed as America’s greatest conservationist, has climbed 281 places on the latest Forbes list of the 500 richest billionaires in the world.

Seventy-four year-old Morris, who began his business in a spare room of his father’s liquor store, is ranked at 424 compared to last year’s 705, and has an estimated net worth of $6.5 billion.

The list ranks more than 2,600 billionaires and those included are worth a collective $12.6 trillion.

The ranking comes less than a week after Bass Pro Shops marked its 50th anniversary with the World’s Fishing Fair in Springfield, Morris’ home town. The fair attracted hundreds of thousands of people and generated some $80 million towards the Springfield economy.

“We share a steadfast belief that the future of our industry, and the outdoor sports we all love, depends more than anything else on how we manage our natural resources,” Morris told Forbes.

Top of the Forbes list is Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, with an estimated net worth of $219 billion. Last year’s leader, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, dropped to second place with an estimated net worth of $171 billion.

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