Business People in History

Historical Events

  • 1571-03-25 Catholic Italian businessman Roberto Ridolfi leaves England
  • 1778-04-01 New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the "$" symbol

InventionHistoric Invention

1834-06-21 American inventor and businessman Cyrus McCormick patents the reaping machine

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 1890-01-02 Record 19.2 feet alligator shot in Louisiana by American businessman Edward Avery McIlhenny
  • 1915-08-17 Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Georgia, after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life
  • 1917-06-07 Melvin Jones and a number of other Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs International, now the largest service organization in the world
  • 1918-10-18 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P. J. Quinn
  • 1923-07-11 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M
  • 1955-10-30 Businessman and horse breeder William Woodward, Jr. is shot dead by his wife Ann Cromwell after she mistook him for an intruder
  • 1960-12-06 AL grants American businessman Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 1977-10-27 Amsterdam businessman M Caransa kidnapped
  • 1979-05-09 Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is the 1st Jew executed by the Islamic government firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran
  • 1982-07-01 PEC Zwolle '82 soccer club renamed when purchased by Dutch businessman Marten Eibrink
  • 1985-03-01 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • 1994-04-25 Mexican businessman & billionaire Angel Losada kidnapped
  • 2000-01-04 American businessman and investor Mark Cuban purchases a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise for $285m from H. Ross Perot, Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-07-08 American businessman T. Boone Pickens announces his "Pickens Plan", an energy policy that moves away from imported oil

Businessman and Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Businessman and Oil Tycoon
T. Boone Pickens
  • 2018-07-20 Australian businessman James Packer announces he has quit 22 directorships due to mental health issues
  • 2018-12-04 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 327

  • 1652-03-28 Samuel Sewall, English-American judge and businessman, born in Bishopstoke, Hampshire, England (d. 1730)
  • 1716-01-15 Philip Livingston, American businessman & politician (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Albany, New York (d. 1778)
  • 1744-10-06 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1813)

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

1763-07-17 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), born in Walldorf, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1848)

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor
  • 1769-02-04 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer
  • 1794-12-14 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1872)
  • 1805-12-12 Henry Wells, American businessman and founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co), born in Thetford, Vermont (d. 1878)

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

1809-02-15 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), born in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (d. 1884)

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 1810-05-29 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1810-10-23 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, born in Christiansted, Virgin Islands, Danish West Indies (d. 1848)
  • 1812-12-06 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 1884)
  • 1815-06-04 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkes County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • 1818-08-30 Alexander H. Rice, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Massachusetts (1876-78), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1819-03-29 Edwin Drake, American businessman who drilled 1st productive US oil well, born in Greenville, New York (d. 1881)
  • 1820-09-03 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), born in Sullivan, Missouri (d. 1891)
  • 1821-05-08 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1885)
  • 1822-03-08 Ignacy Lukasiewicz, Polish engineer, businessman and inventor, born in Zaduszniki, Mielec, Austrian Empire (d. 1882)
  • 1822-04-24 Erastus Barnard Tyler, American businessman, merchant, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in West Bloomfield, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1822-06-10 John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (Astor Estate holdings), born in New York (d. 1890)
  • 1822-07-23 Darius Nash Couch, American businessman, naturalist, and Major General (Union Army), born in (d. 1897)
  • 1823-12-28 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1824-03-05 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), born in NYC, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1824-09-01 Isaac Hardin Duval, American businessman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 1902)
  • 1825-05-29 David Bell Birney, American businessman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1864)
  • 1827-06-13 Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1827-08-22 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, born in Vermont (d. 1906)
  • 1827-12-10 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited), born in Bandon, County Cork (d. 1913)
  • 1829-03-24 George Francis Train, American businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1830-01-07 [Samuel] Emerson Opdycke, American businessman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hubbard, Ohio (d. 1884)
  • 1831-11-21 John Franklin Miller, American lawyer, businessman, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1886)
  • 1832-12-27 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and patron of art, born in Moscow (d. 1897)
  • 1835-12-17 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1836-11-04 Henry J. Lutcher, American businessman and sawmill partner, born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1912)
  • 1837-12-14 William Wells, American businessman, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Waterbury, Vermont (d. 1892)
  • 1838-12-11 John Labatt, Canadian brewer and businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), born in Westminster Township (d. 1915)
  • 1840-11-30 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, born in Montreal, Lower Canada (d. 1928)
  • 1843-11-27 William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), born in Frankfort, Illinois (d. 1899)
  • 1848-01-19 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman (d. 1904)
  • 1848-12-12 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1849-06-23 John Hunn, American businessman and 51st Governor of Delaware, born in Odessa, Delaware (d. 1926)
  • 1852-04-13 Frank W. Woolworth, American businessman, founder of F. W. Woolworth Co, born in Rodman, New York (d. 1919)

Person of interestCecil Rhodes

1853-07-05 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1902)

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

1855-01-05 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1857-06-18 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, born in New York City (d. 1930)
  • 1857-07-14 Frederick Louis Maytag, American businessman, head of Maytag, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 1937)
  • 1858-06-17 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Hopedale, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • 1859-12-12 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1861-02-02 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)
  • 1864-07-13 John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman and soldier (richest passenger aboard the Titanic), born in Rhinebeck, New York (d. 1912)
  • 1865-06-19 Alfred Hugenberg, German politician and businessman, born in Hanover (d. 1951)
  • 1865-10-26 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman, who dies aboard the Titanic, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1912)
  • 1867-12-30 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1870-01-15 Pierre S. du Pont, American businessman, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1954)
  • 1872-04-29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1873-01-03 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese businessman (d. 1957)

Person of interestThomas J. Watson

1874-02-17 Thomas J. Watson, Sr., American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-1956), born in Campbell, New York (d. 1956)

Businessman Thomas J. Watson
Businessman
Thomas J. Watson
  • 1876-03-20 Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1927)
  • 1876-07-02 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23) and businessman, born in Suhl, German Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1877-01-18 Samuel Zemurray, U.S. businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1877-05-04 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • 1877-10-20 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1877-11-22 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona, born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • 1879-05-03 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), born in Morinish, Queensland (d. 1950)
  • 1879-06-05 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1880-08-10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1882-06-24 Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1884-02-15 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • 1884-09-26 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Molesworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951)
  • 1887-08-08 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • 1888-03-29 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), born in Candelaria, Nevada (d. 1983)
  • 1889-04-20 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, born in Milas, Turkey (d. 1996)
  • 1895-04-04 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), born in NYC, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1895-05-24 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • 1896-01-06 Abram Nicholas Pritzker, American businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • 1896-01-25 John Moores, British businessman, born in Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1897-04-19 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, born in India (d. 1970)
  • 1897-05-11 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • 1897-08-10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • 1897-10-11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
  • 1898-10-25 Sidney James van den Bergh, Dutch businessman and politician, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1977)
  • 1899-02-20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1900-05-28 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), born in Bulford, Wiltshire (d. 1993)
  • 1900-09-11 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, born in Royston, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1901-09-06 John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1905-01-24 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II), American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1905-05-01 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • 1906-03-04 Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., American businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1906-03-21 Jim Thompson, American designer and businessman
  • 1906-06-05 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • 1906-10-15 Hiram Fong, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2004)
  • 1906-11-06 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1907-02-23 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman
  • 1907-03-02 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), born in Rantoul, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1907-04-16 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • 1907-05-29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1907-07-28 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), born in Berlin, New Hampshire (d. 1983)
  • 1907-12-25 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (d. 1988)

Person of interestOskar Schindler

1908-04-28 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", born in Zwittau, Austria-Hungary (d. 1974)

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1908-06-22 George Armin Goyder, businessman and social philosopher (d. 1997)
  • 1908-07-04 Aurelio Peccei, Italian industrialist and chairman (Club of Rome), born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1984)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1895-11-20 Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone

LoveWedding of Interest

1899-08-24 Businessman James Cash Penney (24) weds Bertha Alva Hess

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney

LoveWedding of Interest

1919-12-20 Actress Gloria Swanson (20) weds businessman Herbert K. Somborn (38)

LoveWedding of Interest

1925-06-01 Businessman Howard Hughes marries 1st wife Ella Rice

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-01-15 Businesswoman Estée Lauder (23) weds businessman Joseph Lauder

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder

LoveWedding of Interest

1930-06-23 Businessman Nelson Rockefeller (21) weds Mary Todhunter Clark

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller

LoveWedding of Interest

1944-11-20 Model agency executive Eileen Ottensoser (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford

LoveWedding of Interest

1951-12-13 Future British PM Margaret Roberts (26) weds businessman Denis Thatcher (36) at Wesley's Chapel in City Road, London

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher

LoveWedding of Interest

1967-02-16 Hairdresser and businessman Vidal Sassoon (39) weds actress Beverly Adams (21)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon

LoveWedding of Interest

1977-04-07 Businessman Donald Trump (30) weds his first wife Czech model Ivana Zelníčková (28) at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, New York

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

LoveWedding of Interest

1977-11-26 Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (53) weds businessman Arthur Hardwick Jr at the Sheraton Inn in Cheektowaga, New York

1st Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
1st Black Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm

LoveWedding of Interest

1986-02-01 Singer Diana Ross marries Norwegian businessman Arne Naess in Switzerland

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-09-23 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 1993-09-16 Singer Karen Akers (48) weds businessman Kevin Powers (41)
  • 1993-12-20 Businessman Donald Trump (47) weds former model Marla Maples (30) at Trump Plaza Hotel
  • 1996-02-15 Chinese actress Gong Li (30) weds Singapore-born businessman Ooi Hoe Seong (46) at Singapore's Registry of Marriages
  • 1997-06-21 Princess Zahra Aga Khan (26) weds businessman Mark Boyden at the Chateau de Chantilly in Paris
  • 2001-11-10 "Four Weddings and A Funeral" actress Andie MacDowell (43) weds businessman Rhett Hartzog (42) at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 2004-08-15 Fashion designer and socialite Nicky Hilton (21) weds businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) at The Vegas Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada

LoveWedding of Interest

2005-01-22 Businessman and "The Apprentice" host Donald Trump (58) weds former model Melania Knauss (34) at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2005-11-12 Businessman Donald Trump Jr. (27) weds model Vanessa Haydon at the Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2006-03-03 "Gata Salvaje" telenovela actress Carolina Tejera (29) weds Costa Rican businessman Don Stockwell at the Hotel Marriott in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2006-04-15 Miss Nigeria 2002 Sylvia Ansa Edem weds businessman Chris Emecheta at the Recreation Park, Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos

LoveWedding of Interest

2006-09-09 Tennis player Iva Majoli (29) weds local businessman Stipe Marić

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
  • 2007-03-31 Brazilian television presenter Ana Maria Braga weds businessman Marcelo Frisoni in Morumbi, Sao Paulo

LoveWedding of Interest

2008-06-30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • 2009-03-21 British songbird who soared to the top of the charts with her hit "Unwritten" Natasha Bedingfield (27) weds California businessman Matthew Robinson at Church Estate Vineyard's in Malibu, California
  • 2013-06-13 Model and actress Joanna Krupa (34) weds businessman Romain Zago in Southern California

LoveWedding of Interest

2014-03-14 Actress Jamie Lynn Spears (22) weds businessman Jamie Watson at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • 2015-09-24 International supermodel Bar Refaeli (30) weds businessman Adi Ezra at the Beresheet Hotel in Israel
  • 2015-10-17 Actress Bridget Moynahan (44) weds businessman Andrew Frankel at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1922-08-09 Actress Gloria Swanson (23) divorces businessman Herbert K. Somborn after almost 3 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1929-12-09 Businessman Howard Hughes divorces 1st wife Ella Rice after 4 years of marriage

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 2004-10-07 Actress Andie MacDowell (46) divorces businessman Rhett Hartzog (45) after nearly three years of marriage
  • 2004-11-09 Hotel heiress and fashion model Nicky Hilton (21) divorces businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) due to bi-coastal relationship after nearly 3 months of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-06-15 Actress and model Elizabeth Hurley (45) divorces businessman Arun Nayar due to husband's unreasonable behavior


Famous Deaths

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  • 1730-01-01 Samuel Sewall, English-American judge & businessman, dies at 77
  • 1764-06-29 Ralph Allen, English businessman and politician (b. 1693)
  • 1778-06-12 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independance), dies at 62
  • 1813-12-19 James McGill, Scottish-Canadian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 69
  • 1845-05-15 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer, dies at 76

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

1848-03-29 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), dies at 84

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor
  • 1848-05-18 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, dies at 37
  • 1863-07-10 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 48
  • 1864-06-02 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brigadier general, dies at 34
  • 1872-04-09 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), dies at 77
  • 1873-12-24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)
  • 1878-12-10 Henry Wells, American businessman and founder (American Express Co & Wells Fargo & Co), dies at 72
  • 1880-12-11 Oliver Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), dies at 70
  • 1881-11-09 Edwin Drake, American businessman who drilled 1st productive US oil well, dies at 61
  • 1882-06-30 Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, dies at 55

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

1884-05-13 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), dies at 75

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • 1884-08-06 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman, dies at 71
  • 1885-12-08 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • 1890-02-22 John Jacob Astor III, American businessman (Astor Estate holdings), dies at 67
  • 1891-02-28 George Hearst, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from California), dies at 70
  • 1895-01-03 James Merritt Ives, American lithographer and businessman (Currier and Ives), dies at 70
  • 1898-12-16 Pavel Tretyakov, Russian businessman and art collector, dies at 65
  • 1901-04-19 Alfred Horatio Belo, American newswriter and businessman (b. 1839)

Person of interestCecil Rhodes

1902-03-26 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), dies of heart failure at 48

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • 1904-09-26 John F. Stairs, Canadian businessman and statesman (b. 1848)
  • 1906-02-10 Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman (E.B. Eddy Company) and politician, dies at 78
  • 1906-10-09 Joseph Glidden, American inventor (barbed wire) and businessman, dies at 93
  • 1910-03-27 Alexander Agassiz, American biologist and geologist, dies at 74
  • 1911-09-28 Louis Pincoffs, Dutch businessman and politician (1st-Chamber), dies
  • 1912-04-15 John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman & soldier (richest passenger aboard the Titanic), dies aboard the Titanic at 47
  • 1913-10-01 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited), dies at 85
  • 1914-04-09 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 55
  • 1914-09-28 Richard Warren Sears, US businessman (Sears, Roebuck and Company), dies at 50
  • 1915-04-27 John Labatt, Canadian brewer & businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), dies at 76
  • 1915-05-07 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37
  • 1916-05-06 Dirk Bos, Dutch Liberal 2nd Member of Parliament, dies at 53
  • 1926-09-01 John Hunn, American businessman and 51st Governor of Delaware, dies at 77
  • 1927-05-25 Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1876)
  • 1928-04-16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

1928-11-06 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), dies of gunshot wounds at 46

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1929-03-12 Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman (b. 1851)
  • 1930-07-30 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona, dies at 52
  • 1930-10-26 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, dies at 58

Person of interestThomas Edison

1931-10-18 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), dies at 84

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

1932-07-09 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, dies at 77

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1933-01-03 Wilhelm Cuno, German Reich's chancellor (1922-23) and businessman, dies at 56
  • 1941-11-02 Simon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1946-08-15 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), dies at 86
  • 1949-11-03 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and art collector (Guggenheim Museum New York), dies at 88
  • 1950-08-08 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), dies at 71
  • 1951-08-22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • 1953-01-26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • 1955-10-31 William Woodward Jr., American businessman and horse breeder (Hanover National Bank), is shot by his wife after being mistaken for an intruder at 35

Person of interestThomas J. Watson

1956-06-19 Thomas J. Watson, Sr., American businessman (Chairman and CEO of IBM, 1914-1956), dies at 87

Businessman Thomas J. Watson
Businessman
Thomas J. Watson
  • 1959-07-17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1961-01-24 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • 1961-09-03 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • 1962-04-06 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman, dies at 74
  • 1964-02-15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • 1966-02-25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • 1969-08-09 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1969-08-10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • 1970-07-24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist, dies at 73
  • 1974-04-06 Hudson Fysh, Australian aviator and businessman (b.1895)
  • 1974-07-26 Arthur K Watson, US businessman (IBM), dies at 55

Person of interestOskar Schindler

1974-10-09 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • 1975-01-22 Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • 1975-08-15 Clay Shaw, alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist & businessman (b. 1913)
  • 1977-09-25 Sidney James van den Bergh, Dutch businessman and politician, dies at 78
  • 1979-08-29 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), dies at 84
  • 1982-02-02 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), dies at 76
  • 1982-08-23 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman and heir to the Bloomingdale's department store, dies at 66
  • 1983-06-06 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • 1983-10-05 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1984-03-14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian industrialist and chairman (Club of Rome), dies at 75
  • 1985-01-09 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105
  • 1985-02-11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • 1985-10-19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • 1987-06-21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)
  • 1987-07-25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • 1987-09-29 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), dies at 70
  • 1988-02-01 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • 1988-12-26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • 1990-10-03 Stefano Casiraghi, Italian speedboat racer, businessman and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, dies at 30
  • 1991-03-03 Arthur Murray [Moses Teichman], American ballroom dancer and businessman (Arthur Murray Dance Party), dies at 95 of pneumonia
  • 1991-04-04 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • 1991-11-22 Jac de Jong [Jacobus Hendrik de Jong], Dutch entrepeneur and politician (Nedac-Sorbo), dies
  • 1992-01-17 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, dies at 76

Person of interestSam Walton

1992-04-05 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1992-07-16 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), dies at 67
  • 1992-08-08 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, dies at 115
  • 1992-09-07 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports Fund), dies at 79
  • 1992-12-13 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), dies at 93
  • 1993-09-11 Antoine Izmery, Haitian businessman/advisor to pres Aristide, murdered
  • 1993-09-26 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), dies at 93
  • 1993-12-31 Thomas J. Watson Jr., American businessman and politician (President of IBM, 1952-1971, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1979-1981), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1994-01-02 Sammy Taft, Canadian businessman (coined term "hat trick"), dies at 81
  • 1994-09-23 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • 1994-11-28 Jerry Rubin, US anti-war activist (Youth Party) and businessman, dies at 56
  • 1995-01-18 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman (Gannex raincoats), dies at 79