July 17, 1939, Smithfield, Va.
B.A. in business administration, Wake Forest University, 1962
Chairman, president, and CEO, Smithfield Foods Inc.
HOW HE STARTED
Carving up pigs in his dad's slaughterhouse
Smithfield Foods was founded in 1936 by his grandfather and father; son Joe IV is a senior vice-president and hopes to run the company some day
Independent farmers, animal-rights activists, environmentalists
Grouse hunting, skiing
Wife, Karen; two daughters and one son from a previous marriage