From small time strip club owner to self-made millionaire and real estate mogul, former high school dropout Joe Redner is the kind of controversial figure who never backs down from a fight. Whether you view Redner as a pimp or a patriot, one thing is for sure -- few possess the kind of drive needed to achieve his kind of success. Born into poverty, Redner skipped out of school in the 10th grade, got arrested over 150 times, earned his GED from his jail cell at the age of 40, and ran for public office eight times. Still, the reason why Redner is known to most is for his role as the owner of the Mons Venus, a Florida strip club that sparked controversy by being one of the first such businesses to offer nude lap dances.
|Peter Anthony Tambakis|