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Frederick Smith Net Worth

Frederick Smith net worth

What is Frederick Smith net worth?

Net worth$7 billion
NameFrederick Wallace Smith 
Occupationfounder, chairman and CEO of FedEx
NationalityAmerican
Date of birthAugust 11, 1944

Frederick Smith net worth 2021: Frederick Wallace Smith is the founder, chairman, and CEO of FedEx. The company is headquartered in Smith’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

Early years

Frederick Smith was born in Marks, Mississippi. He attended elementary school at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis and high school at Memphis University School and became an amateur pilot as a teen. In 1962, Smith entered Yale University. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1966.

Career

After graduation, Smith was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for three years (from 1966 to 1969) as a platoon leader and a forward air controller (FAC), flying in the back seat of the OV-10.

Business career

In 1970, Smith purchased the controlling interest in an aircraft maintenance company, Ark Aviation Sales, and by 1971 turned its focus to trading used jets.

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On June 18, 1971, Smith founded Federal Express with his $4 million inheritance and raised $91 million in venture capital.

In 1973, the company began offering service to 25 cities, and it began with small packages and documents and a fleet of 14 Falcon 20 (DA-20) jets.

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His focus was on developing an integrated air-ground system. Smith developed FedEx on the business idea of a shipment version of a bank clearing house where one bank clearing house was located in the middle of the representative banks and all their representatives would be sent to the central location to exchange materials.

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In the early days of FedEx, Smith had to go to great lengths to keep the company afloat. In one instance, after a crucial business loan was denied, he took the company’s last $5,000 to Las Vegas and won $27,000 gambling on blackjack to cover the company’s $24,000 fuel bill. It kept FedEx alive for one more week.

Frederick Smith Net Worth

Frederick Smith net worth is $7 billion according to Forbes. He owns several other businesses including;

 Smith is also a minority owner of the Washington Football Team of the National Football League (NFL).  He Smith also owns or co-owns several other entertainment companies, such as Alcon Entertainment.

In his college years, he was a friend and DKE fraternity brother of future U.S. president George W. Bush. Smith was also friends with future U.S. Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry; the two shared an enthusiasm for aviation and were flying partners.

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