Startup(s): 38 Studios

The only thing Curt Schilling likes more than being a Republican, is being a gamer. The makers of EverQuest II made him his own special character for the game. After retiring from Major League Baseball, the six-time All-Star founded 38 Studios, a gaming company that rocks under the creative leadership of Todd McFarlane and R.A. Salvatore. Unfortunately, in May of this year, 38 Studios defaulted on a $75 million loan from the state of Rhode Island and was forced to lay off the entire staff.