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Friday, June 5, 2009

Richest man in town

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 8:42 AM

A new book sets out to identify the richest man/woman in 100 large U.S. cities. Not the 100 richest in the U.S., mind you.

The book names Frank Hickingbotham, who leveraged success with TCBY, the yogurt company, and banking into a tidy fortune, is identified as the richest man in Little Rock.

I wonder. You'd think a Stephens might be up there. But there's no doubt a man described as the world's biggest Rolls Royce and Bentley dealer (in California),  knows where his next meal is coming from. (Tidbit: Last time I saw Frank Hickingbotham, a year or so ago, he and I were toting trays to tables in Franke's Cafeteria on Rodney Parham.)

No other Arkansas city is on the list of 100, though wherever a first-tier Walton lives, they undoubtedly would hold the crown. A coulda-been Arkie is on the list -- Frederick Smith, the Fed Ex CEO, listed as richest man in Memphis.

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