Bill Haslam a Billionaire? His Brother Is (says Forbes)

During the 2010 governor’s race, Bill Haslam rejected assertions by GOP primary rival Zach Wamp that he was a billionaire, but Haslam wouldn’t say what his net worth was nor share his income tax returns with voters, observes Andy Sher.
Well, it turns out there’s at least one billionaire in the Haslam family, which founded Pilot Travel Centers, a privately held company that later merged with Flying J truck stop centers.
The governor’s brother, Jimmy Haslam, made Forbes Magazine’s latest annual list of the 400 richest Americans this week. The magazine puts the net worth of Jimmy Haslam, CEO of the Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops, at $1.2 billion. That drew a ranking of 360 among the 400 wealthiest Americans.
Jimmy Haslam recently bought the Cleveland Browns in a deal estimated at $1 billion. In late July, Forbes reported the governor’s brother “should have the cash to pull off the deal. He’s part of a powerful family worth more than $3 billion.”
The governor; his father, Jim Haslam II; and other families have major interests in Pilot Flying J. Haslam put his non-Pilot holdings in a blind trust but kept his holdings in Pilot out of it.

Here’s the referenced excerpt from from a Forbes article while the Cleveland Browns deal was pending.
But Haslam should have the cash to pull of the deal. He’s part of a powerful family worth more than $3 billion. Jim Haslam II, his father, founded Pilot Flying J, the biggest operator of travel centers in North America and the 11th largest private company in the U.S. Jimmy, the oldest son, has run the business for years as CEO and President. He brought in $17.8 billion in revenues in 2011.
All told, the Haslams own 59 percent of Pilot Flying J, making them one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Tennessee, where the company is based. They’ve certainly exerted that influence. Bill Haslam, Jimmy’s younger brother, worked for Pilot for a decade before jumping into politics. After seven years as Knoxville mayor, he’s now the governor of Tennessee

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