How Did J. Christopher Reyes Make His Billions?

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Personal Life

Joseph Christopher Reyes (born 1953) is an American billionaire businessman, and the co-chairman, with his brother Jude Reyes, of Reyes Holdings, a beer and food distribution holding company, ranked by Forbes in 2017 as the 11th largest privately held company in the US.

Reyes was born in 1953, the eldest son of Joseph A. Reyes and Frances “Frannie” Marie Reyes (nee Collins) (1925-2013). He has seven brothers and one sister, M. Jude Reyes, David K. Reyes, William F. Reyes, John J. Reyes, James V. Reyes, Julie Reyes Taubman (married to Robert S. Taubman), Thomas A. Reyes, and Stephen Reyes (died before 2013).

Reyes is married to Anne N. Reyes, they have four children and live in Hobe Sound, Florida. In 2010, he bought a house with 44 acres in Aspen, Colorado for $47.5 million.

Career

He began his business career by purchasing a small Schlitz beer distribution business in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his brother and father.[1] Running all aspects of the operation with his brother, the firm aggressively acquired beer distribution businesses and brands. Since 1976, Reyes Holdings has acquired more than 115 beer distribution operations. In April 1998, the firm expanded beyond beer distribution with the purchase of the Martin-Brower Company, a dedicated McDonald’s distribution business operating primarily in the US.

Reyes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

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