No. 8

Jock Whitney

Hard to believe this guy gave up a life of ease to patrol the pasture for the Minstrels. But people who've known him a long time say that as much as he likes his money, he likes the feeling in the clubhouse, the nights on the road, the camaraderie of this band of athletes even more. It was Whitney, one of America's wealthiest men, who insisted that his partner buy Gone With the Wind when David O. Selznick wasn't ready to leap for it. He also had an original Seurat on the wall behind his office desk, bankrolled the New York HeraldTribune in its last glory days, starred at polo, and was a genuine war hero.