Shahid Khan first hit the big-time in Champaign-Urbana, when he struck gold in the auto parts manufacturing business. But the immmigrant from Pakistan kept a fairly low profile, with the exception of Champaign-Urbana and its environs. Locally, he has been a very generous philanthropist and businessman.
But that all changed when he bought a National Football League team, the Jacksonville Jaguars after just missing on the St. Louis Rams.
A week ago, Forbes magazine put Khan on its cover, telling the rags-to-riches story that began when he came to the University of Illinois to study engineering.