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# 268 Dan Cathy $8.15B

Random fact: Company slogan: 'Eat Mor Chikin'.


Cathy is the chairman of Chick-fil-A, a fast food chain with more than 2,600 restaurants. The Atlanta-based company reported revenue of $5.8 billion in 2021. Chick-fil-A was founded by Cathy's father, Truett Cathy, in 1946 and Dan's brother, Bubba Cathy, is a director and executive vice president at the family owned business.

As of :
Last change -$27.5M ( -0.3%)
YTD change -$11.8M ( -0.1%)
Biggest asset Chick-fil-A
Country / Region United States
Age 69
Industry Food & Beverage
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Dan Cathy's net worth of $8.15B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
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of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
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Cathy's fortune is derived from his co-ownership of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta-based fast food chain. The company has more than 2,600 restaurants, according to its website. It reported revenue of $5.8 billion in 2021, according to its franchise disclosure document.

Chick-fil-A is valued using the average enterprise value to-Ebitda multiple of three publicly traded peer companies: Wendy's, Jack In The Box and Yum! Brands. The financial results used in the analysis were updated on June 29, 2022 and this led to an increase in the calculation of about $1 billion.

The closely held company is family owned, according to its website. Bloomberg News reported in 2012 that Dan, Bubba and their father Truett, who has since died, each owned one-third of the business. This analysis assumes that Dan and Bubba continue to own one-third each based on their continuing executive control of the company.

Carrie Kurlander, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A, said that company stock is owned by multiple family members and declined to comment further.


Family: Married, 2 children

Dan Cathy was born on March 1, 1953. The oldest of Samuel Truett Cathy's three children, he grew up helping at his family's restaurant business, including filling ketchup bottles as a child. He joined the company full-time in 1970.

After working a series of jobs Cathy took over as president of chain in June 2001. He was named chairman and chief executive in 2013.

A Christian, Cathy has continued the tradition begun by his father and keeps Chick-fil-A stores closed on Sundays. In 2012, his views on gay marriage attracted controversy. In a report in the Baptist Press he said: "We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit."

Cathy is a trumpet player, motorcycle enthusiast and bible studies teacher, according to the company's website. He lives on a farm, south of Atlanta.

  • 1946 Truett Cathy opens his first diner, the Dwarf Grill.
  • 1967 The first Chick-fil-A restaurant opens.
  • 2001 Appointed president of Chick-fil-A.
  • 2013 Becomes chairman and chief executive.