Irwin D. Simon

Since 1993, when IRWIN D. SIMON, 38, took out a second mortgage to buy a kosher frozen-foods business, his Hain Food Group has acquired a pantry full of healthful and diverse brands. Selling everything from organic tortilla chips to low-fat mayonnaise, Hain has grown from $15 million in sales in 1994 to $65 million last year. The company's offerings dominate some of the fastest growing categories in food these days, including organic, sugar-free, and dairy-free products--and shareholders have seen the lite: Hain's shares tripled in 1997, a tasty treat for George Soros, who owns 14%.

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