Business People in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 364

  • 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)
  • 1909-04-20 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), born in Benevento, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1909-06-04 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1910-01-25 Harold Watkinson, British politician & businessman, born in Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1911-03-19 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman
  • 1912-04-07 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
  • 1912-08-01 Masaya Hanai, Japanese businessman (d. 1995)
  • 1912-08-23 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1997)
  • 1912-09-07 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1996)
  • 1912-11-08 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913-02-09 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

1913-05-20 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan (d. 2001)

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • 1913-05-25 J. Peter Grace, American businessman and industrialist, born in Manhasset, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1914-01-14 Thomas J. Watson Jr., American businessman and politician (President of IBM, 1952-1971, US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1979-1981), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1914-01-17 Anacleto Angelini, Chilean businessman (d. 2007)
  • 1914-07-24 Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman (Honest Ed's) and philanthropist, born in Colonial Beach, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1915-03-03 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • 1915-03-31 Jack Perry, businessman
  • 1915-06-16 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), born in Kaunas, Russsian Empire (now Lithuania) (d. 1995)
  • 1915-08-19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman and administrator (Desjardins Group) (d. 1985)
  • 1915-09-08 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner, born in London (d. 1992)
  • 1916-01-24 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1916-04-15 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman and heir to the Bloomingdale's department store, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1916-04-17 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1996)
  • 1916-08-29 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1916-11-11 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman
  • 1917-01-06 Koo Chen-fu, Taiwanese businessman & diplomat, born in Taichung, Taiwan (d. 2005)
  • 1917-01-18 Wang Yung-ching, Taiwanese businessman, born in Xindian District, Taipei, Taiwan (d. 2008)
  • 1917-05-21 Ronald Colville, Scottish businessman and Governor of the Bank of Scotland, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1917-06-04 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1917-06-11 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • 1917-08-29 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1917-09-04 Henry Ford II, American businessman and grandson of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1987)
  • 1918-03-29 John Read, British businessman, CEO (TSB Group), born in Brighton (d. 2015)

Person of interestSam Walton

1918-03-29 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma (d. 1992)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1918-06-17 Maldwyn Thomas, Welsh businessman and Liberal Party politician (d. 2002)
  • 1919-08-23 Robert Crichton-Brown, Australian businessman and CEO (Rothmans International), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1919-12-05 Victor Collin Matthews, British businessman, born in Islington, London (d. 1995)
  • 1920-03-13 Ralph J Roberts, American businessman and founder of Comcast, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1920-04-23 Eric Yarrow, British businessman, CEO (Clydesdale Bank), born in Frensham, Surrey
  • 1920-06-12 William Woodward Jr., American businessman and horse breeder (Hanover National Bank), born in Oyster Bay, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1920-07-22 Hugh Dundas, fighter pilot/businessman

Person of interestGeorge P. Shultz

1920-12-13 George P. Shultz, American economist, businessman and 60th Secretary of State (1982-89), born in NYC, New York [1]

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz
  • 1921-03-29 Hugh Neill, British businessman and Army officer, Lord-Lieutenant (South Yorkshire), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire
  • 1922-07-30 Henry W. Bloch, American businessman (co-founder of H&R Block) and philanthropist, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1922-09-20 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1922-10-04 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • 1922-10-04 Shin Kyuk-Ho, Japanese businessman
  • 1923-01-11 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • 1923-04-23 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), born in Uvalde, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1923-07-31 Ahmet Ertegun, Turkish-American businessman and co-founder of Atlantic Records, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2006)
  • 1923-09-05 Arthur C. Nielsen, American businessman and market researcher (TV's Nielsen's Ratings), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1980)
  • 1923-12-02 Meshulam Riklis, Turkish-born Israeli businessman and husband of Pia Zadora, born in Istanbul, Turkey (d. 2019)
  • 1924-02-01 Ben Weider, Quebec businessman and author
  • 1924-04-16 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), born in Hackney, London (d. 2008)
  • 1924-06-26 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, born in Long Ashton, Somerset (d. 2013)
  • 1924-11-24 Victor Grinich, Croatian-American businessman (d. 2000)
  • 1924-12-25 Henry Sy Sr., Chinese Malay businessman 'Philippines Retail King', born in Amoy, China
  • 1925-01-14 Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-born French businessman, entrepreneur and soft-drink manufacturer (Orangina), born in Boufarik, French Algeria (d. 2013)
  • 1925-04-11 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, born in Montreal (d. 1997)
  • 1925-05-04 Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and CEO of American International Group (AIG), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925-05-06 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1992)
  • 1925-06-23 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1925-06-24 Len Jagger, English businessman/multi-millionaire
  • 1925-06-25 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1925-07-09 Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1996)

Person of interestRichard DeVos

1926-03-04 Richard DeVos, American businessman who co-founded Amway, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)

Co-founder of Amway Richard DeVos
Co-founder of Amway
Richard DeVos
  • 1926-03-30 Lord Rayner [Derek Rayner], Norwich, Norfolk, English businessman and chief executive (Marks & Spencer)

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

1926-03-30 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), born in Pjätteryd, Sweden (d. 2018)

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad

Person of interestHugh Hefner

1926-04-09 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1926-05-30 James Whitman McLamore, businessman
  • 1926-12-07 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1927-01-04 Paul Desmarais, Canadian businessman
  • 1927-03-29 Arthur Ravenel Jr, American businessman and politician (Rep-R-South Carolina), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1927-09-11 G. David Schine, American businessman, born in Gloversville, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1927-09-27 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman (d. 2006)
  • 1927-11-02 John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, English businessman and billionaire
  • 1927-11-03 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), born in Florenceville, New Brunswick
  • 1927-11-07 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • 1927-11-11 Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson, English businessman and multi-millionaire
  • 1927-11-14 Sir Lawrence "Lawrie" Barratt, British businessman and housing developer (Barratt Developments), born in England (d. 2012)
  • 1927-11-27 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1927-12-09 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), born in Eisenharz, Germany (d. 2018)
  • 1928-01-06 George H. Ross, American businessman, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1928-08-10 Jimmy Dean, American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman (Jimmy Dean Show, Diamonds are Forever), born in Plainview, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1928-08-11 Bill Bartholomay, American businessman and MLB owner (Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves 1962-76), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1928-09-04 Donald Petersen, American businessman (CEO of Ford Motor Company), born in Pipestone, Minnesota
  • 1928-09-14 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, born in London, England (d. 2004)
  • 1928-12-09 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), born in Queens, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1928-12-13 Jack Tramiel, American Businessman (Amiga, Commodore 64), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 2012)

Person of interestAl Davis

1929-07-04 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

Person of interestMike Ilitch

1929-07-20 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • 1929-09-17 John Stewart-Clark, British businessman and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), born in Dalmeny, Scotland
  • 1930-04-21 Don Tyson, American businessman, founder of Tyson Foods, born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 2011)
  • 1930-05-11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 263

  • 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
  • 1994-01-14 Zino Davidoff, Ukrainian businessman, dies at 87
  • 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, and inventor (Gannex raincoats), dies at 79
  • 1995-02-16 John Everett Allen, American businessman, dies at 91
  • 1995-03-24 Anthony Standerwick Heal, businessman, dies at 88
  • 1995-04-19 J. Peter Grace, American businessman and industrialist,, dies from cancer at 81
  • 1995-06-10 Masaya Hanai, Japanese businessman, dies at 82
  • 1995-07-10 Hugh Dundas, fighter pilot/businessman, dies at 74
  • 1995-08-04 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II], American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, dies at 90
  • 1995-08-11 Douglas John Gorman, businessman, dies at 58
  • 1995-08-14 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, dies at 82
  • 1995-08-31 John Erik Jonsson, American businessman and Mayor of Dallas, dies at 93

Person of interestOrville Redenbacher

1995-09-19 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), drowns in bathtub at 88

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Businessman
Orville Redenbacher
  • 1995-09-20 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • 1995-10-07 Ariston Muguranayanga Chambati, politician/businessman, dies at 59
  • 1995-11-26 Max Fernandez, businessman/politician, dies at 52
  • 1995-12-05 Victor Collin Matthews, British businessman, dies on 76th birthday
  • 1995-12-19 Harold Watkinson, British politician/businessman, dies at 85
  • 1996-01-17 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996-02-09 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • 1996-02-16 Kenneth Robinson, politician/businessman, dies at 84
  • 1996-03-26 David Packard, American electronic engineer and businessman, dies at 83
  • 1996-03-30 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), dies at 79
  • 1996-04-12 William Wilkinson, English conservationist and businessman, dies at 63
  • 1996-05-12 Rob Hall, New Zealand mountaineer, dies on Mt Everest at 35
  • 1996-05-18 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • 1996-06-19 G. David Schine, American businessman, dies at 70
  • 1996-06-22 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, dies at 65
  • 1996-06-22 Tertius Metcalf, businessman, dies at 63
  • 1996-07-10 Eladio Rusconi, writer/publisher/businessman, dies at 79
  • 1996-07-19 David Nicolson, British businessman and politician (Chairman of BTR Industries-1969), dies at 73
  • 1996-07-22 Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, dies at 71
  • 1996-08-03 Guido Alberti, Italian film actor (Marco the Magnificent), dies at 87
  • 1996-08-09 James Whitman McLamore, American businessman and 1st CEO of Burger King who created The Whopper, dies at 70
  • 1996-08-20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 1996-09-09 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman, dies at 67
  • 1996-09-12 James Gulliver, Scottish businessman (Argyll Foods), dies at 66
  • 1996-10-02 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman, dies at 79
  • 1996-10-22 Matthew Harding, businessman/football supporter, dies at 42
  • 1996-12-12 Jack Perry, businessman, dies at 81
  • 1997-01-19 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • 1997-02-05 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • 1997-08-31 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Princess Diana at 42
  • 1997-11-22 Harry Kissin, Baron Kissin, British businessman and President (GPG), dies at 85
  • 1997-12-01 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • 1997-12-24 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, dies at 72
  • 1998-03-15 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • 1999-01-22 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), dies at 89
  • 1999-01-23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • 1999-08-05 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • 1999-10-03 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • 2000-06-03 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • 2000-11-05 Victor Grinich, American businessman (b. 1924)

Person of interestBill Hewlett

2001-01-12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), dies of a heart attack at 87

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Bill Hewlett
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Bill Hewlett
  • 2001-05-27 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • 2001-09-11 Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
  • 2001-10-07 Roger Gaudry, French Canadian chemist, businessman and corporate director (b. 1913)
  • 2002-01-08 Dave Thomas, American businessman who founded Wendy's Restaurants, dies at 69
  • 2002-07-06 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • 2002-09-28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • 2003-04-11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • 2003-05-16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • 2003-06-25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (b. 1915)
  • 2003-11-15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2003-12-21 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2004-01-13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman, dies at 66
  • 2004-03-18 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 2004-08-18 Hiram Fong, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), dies at 97
  • 2004-09-19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, musician, and activist
  • 2004-12-26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • 2005-02-14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • 2005-03-26 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • 2005-04-04 Edward Bronfman, Canadian businessman (b. 1924)
  • 2005-06-27 John T. Walton, American businessman (b. 1946)
  • 2005-07-12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, dies at 87
  • 2005-12-05 Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2005-12-05 Frits Philips, Dutch engineer and CEO (Philips), dies at 100
  • 2005-12-26 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • 2006-04-24 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2006-05-23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • 2006-06-12 Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)
  • 2006-07-05 Kenneth Lay, American CEO and Chairman of Enron, dies at 64
  • 2006-08-21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)
  • 2006-12-14 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • 2007-07-11 Ed Mirvish, American-Canadian businessman (Honest Ed's) and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • 2007-08-07 Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • 2007-09-10 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, dies at 82
  • 2007-11-16 Harold Alfond, American businessman and founder of Dexter Shoe Company, dies at 93
  • 2007-12-21 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • 2008-01-09 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), dies at 83
  • 2008-03-12 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 90
  • 2008-03-17 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, dies at 68
  • 2008-04-12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • 2008-07-27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • 2008-08-15 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • 2008-10-10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)

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