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# 272 Jude Reyes $7.25B

Random fact: "If no one knew me, I'd be just as happy."


Reyes is co-founder of Reyes Holdings, a food service and beverage distributor with revenue of more than $30 billion in 2019. The closely held company's divisions include Martin Brower, which delivers beef, fries and other supplies to McDonald's; Reyes Beverage Group, an independent beer distributor; and bottler Great Lakes Coca-Cola.

As of :
Last change -$135M ( -1.8%)
YTD change -$365M ( -4.8%)
Industry Consumer
Biggest asset Food Service
Citizenship United States
Age 65
Wealth Self-made
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Relative Value

Jude Reyes's net worth of $7.25B can buy ...

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of the GDP of the United States
of the total wealth of the 500 richest people in the world
of the top 100 U.S. college endowments
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of U.S. existing home sales
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Reyes' fortune is derived from a half stake in Reyes Holdings. The closely held company has three divisions: foodservice companies Martin Brower and Reinhart Food Service, and beer supplier Reyes Beverage Group. The group doesn't disclose financial results. It had revenue of more than $30 billion in 2019, according to a December 2019 press release.

Revenue of about $4.5 billion for Reyes Beverage Group was calculated by multiplying the more than 225 million cases distributed by the unit -- as reported by the company -- by the division's per-case revenue in 2011, according to industry publication Beverage World. The unit's operating profits are calculated to be about $500 million in 2019 based on an assumed profit-per-case of $2.25 and it's valued using a transaction value multiple of 12.5 times these profits, according to discussions with beer industry consultants. Reyes is the largest independent beer distributor in the U.S., according to the experts.

Revenue of about $30 billion for the remaining divisions was estimated by subtracting the derived revenue for the beverage group from a group revenue figure of $33 billion that was disclosed in a September 2019 press release. These units are valued using the average enterprise value-to-sales multiple of three publicly traded peer companies: Core-Mark Holding, Performance Food Group and Sysco.

Reyes Holdings has $3 billion of debt, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It's allocated between Reyes Beverage and the food service units based on the percentage of total group revenue each division is calculated to represent.

The company doesn't disclose ownership information and the stake credited to the billionaire reflects his role as co-founder. His brother Jude, the other co-founder, is credited with the other half.

Reyes declined to comment on his net worth, according to spokeswoman Meredith Simpson on behalf of Reyes Holdings.


Birthdate: 1/1/1955
Family: Married, 3 children
Education: Wofford College

M. Jude Reyes, the son of an electrical engineer, was born in 1955 in Washington D.C. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He's co-chairman of closely-held food and beer distributor Reyes Holdings, a role he shares with his brother Chris.

Reyes Holdings includes Martin-Brower, which supplies McDonald's, Reyes Beverage Group, the largest beer distributor in the U.S., and Reinhart Food Service.

Jude Reyes serves as chairman of the board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, a director of the Children's Hospital Foundation in Washington and is a member of the National Beer Wholesalers association.

He lives with his wife Lori and their three children in Kenilworth, Illinois.

  • 1954 Brother Chris is born.
  • 1955 Jude Reyes is born in Washington D.C.
  • 1976 Goes into business with brother Christopher.
  • 1998 Purchases food supplier Martin-Brower.
  • 2004 Acquires food distributor Reinhart Foodservice.
  • 2011 Martin-Brower buys Keystone Foods' distribution businesses.
  • 2014 Agrees to acquire distribution rights to Coca-Cola in Chicago.
  • 2014 Buys assets of Gold Coast Beverage Distributors.