M*A*S*H's 'Trapper John' makes his mark as an investor


On M*A*S*H, Wayne Rogers played Trapper John McIntyre, second banana to Alan Alda's Hawkeye Pierce. But when it comes to money management, Rogers has long since established himself as the show's top alumni. While his former colleagues Gary Burghoff (Radar O'Reilly), Mike Farrell (B.J. Hunnicutt) and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy) have, respectively, moved on to second acts as an inventor, a political activist and a spokesperson for autism awareness, Rogers has emerged as a brilliant investor and business owner.

In addition to his chairmanship of Kleinfeld Bridal, a world-renowned bridal store, he is CEO of a chain of convenience stores, principal owner of a Mississippi barge line, and is on the board of directors of Vishay Intertechnology (VSH), which was on Forbes' 2007 list of the top 100 mid-cap stocks. His next venture, he tells the San Francisco Chronicle, will be to focus his investments on depressed real estate and failed banks.