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J.R. “Jack” Simplot: From a dream to a bet to a fortune

When the kid lost a fingertip in an accident, the doctor admonished his parents for not saving it for reattachment. He was told the chickens ate it. He was J.R. “Jack” Simplot, Idaho’s Potato King. The kid went on to become the richest man in Idaho. When he was 20 years old, he had a dispute with a business partner and they flipped a coin for a $252 potato sorter. Jack won and was in the potato and vegetable processing business. That was the start of one of the world’s largest agribusinesses and launched him on his way to becoming a multi-billionaire.


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Lukie Pieterse, Editor & Publisher

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