In 1995, Todd Wagner and his business partner Mark Cuban pioneered streaming audio and then video over the internet.
AudioNet, which they eventually renamed to Broadcast.com, went public in 1998 and was sold to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999. It made Wagner and Cuban billionaires.
In the wake of the sale, Wagner was twice offered the role of chief operating officer of Yahoo, which, in the 1990s, had the cachet that Google does today. He passed up the opportunity twice because he wanted to figure out a way to give back.
Wagner is from Gary, IN, a small town a couple dozen miles south of Chicago that was founded in 1906 by The United States Steel Corporation as home for the Gary Works, the manufacturing company's largest plant.