Charlie Nelson

Entrepreneur

Nashville

Charlie Nelson and his brother Andy are proprietors of the original Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Tennessee, created by their great-great-grandfather Charles Nelson prior to Prohibition. After a trip to Greenbrier, Tenn., to see the original barrel warehouse and springs, the brothers decided to revive the defunct family whiskey company — which produced one of the largest and most popular brands of whiskey in the country during its heyday; it sold about 20 times more than Jack Daniel’s. Ever since that trip, the two have researched, planned and built the team for Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey. They began small, using a contract distillery release their Belle Mead Bourbon in April of 2012. In 2013, they built their own distillery just north of Nashville.