John Menard Jr. is an American entrepreneur who is the founder and owner of Menards, a major Midwestern home improvement store chain. Menard is also a partner in Robby Gordon Motorsports with NASCAR owner/driver Robby Gordon, and is the father of NASCAR driver Paul Menard. He is the 136th richest person in the world, and the 68th richest person in the United States.
Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
John Menard Jr. has an estimated net worth of $12.9 billion as of December 2015, according to Bloomberg. John Menard Jr. is the owner and founder of a large Midwestern home improvement chain Menard’s. His first hardware store opened in 1972 and it continues to grow today with over 262 branches. This hardware mogul actually owns the third largest home improvement retailing company in the country. Menard is also owning an engine shop in the UK which specializes in producing engines for Robby Gordon Motorsports and Team Menard.
In 2007, he was the richest person in Wisconsin. He is one of the board members of Polaries Industries which specializes on producing snowmobiles and ATV. He is the father of the famous #27 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Menard has donated to the political groups of the Koch Brothers. Menard is a "well-known" supporter of conservative causes
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.