The Mystery Monk making billions with 5-Hour Energy

Farmington Hills-based Living Essentials is a privately-held company owned by Manoj Bhargava. The company produces 5-Hour Energy, the shot-sized siren-red energy drink that provides a boost of caffeine and vitamins to keep customers alert without crashing. Truckers and bankers love it, and it is favored by college students and twenty-somethings as a general cure-all. After eight years, the company now takes in $1 billion in retail sales.

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