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John Menard, Jr.


John Menard, Jr. Biography

John R. Menard, Jr. (born 1940) is an American entrepreneur and billionaire who is the founder and owner of Menards, a major Midwestern home improvement chain. Additionally, he is a former Indycar racing team owner. Menard is also a partner in Robby Gordon Motorsports with NASCAR owner/driver Robby Gordon. He is the father of NASCAR driver Paul Menard.

Life and education

The oldest of eight siblings, Menard graduated from the University of Wisconsin"Eau Claire with a degree in business and a minor in psychology. Menard began his career constructing pole buildings with friends from college. He makes his home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Menard has six children, and married his third wife, Fay Obiad in 2008. Previous marriages were to Paula Menard and Molly Menard.

Menards

Menard opened his first hardware store in 1972. As of 2011, his company owned 262 Menards stores. As of 2005 Menards grossed an estimated $5.5 billion in sales. Menard had a net worth of $7.3 billion in 2007, according to the Forbes 400, and is the richest person in Wisconsin. He is the 136th richest person in the world, and he is the 68th richest person in the United States. As of a 2002 tax filing, Menard owned 100% of the voting stock of Menards, Inc., and 56% of the nonvoting stock. Trusts in his and his family's name owned all of the rest of the nonvoting stock. In 1997, Menard personally plead no contest to felony and misdemeanor charges that he had hauled chromium and arsenic-laden wood ash to his house in the back of his pickup truck for disposal in his household garbage. He and his company were fined $1.7 million for 21 violations in relation to the case.

Motorsports involvement

Paul Menard, John Jr.'s son, is the driver of the #27 Menards Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Menard also owns an engine shop in the United Kingdom that produced engines for Team Menard and Robby Gordon Motorsports and was the owner of Team Menard which won the 1997 and 1999 Indy Racing League championships.

Charity

In January 2008, Menard gave $15 million to support Eau Claire's Luther Midelfort Hospital. The donation will be used for a new emergency services department and to help Mayo Clinic educate and train health professionals.

Horse breeding

Menard is a thoroughbred horse owner.




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