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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Business

    Gary S. Becker: Born: 1930-12-02 - Died: 2014-05-03
    Gary S. Becker was an economist, a professor or economics and sociology at the University of Chicago as well as a professor at the Booth School of Business. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He was one of the first economists to branch into racial discrimination, crime, family organization, and drug addiction.
    Ralph Wilson: Born: 1918-10-17 - Died: 2014-03-25
    Ralph Wilson was the founder and owner of the NFL franchise the Buffalo Bills. His roots in American football run much deeper than that, however, as he was also one of the founding owners of the American Football League. The AFL and the NFL merged in 1970.
    William Clay Ford, Sr.: Born: 1925-03-14 - Died: 2014-03-09
    William Clay Ford was the owner and chairman of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, having purchased a controlling interest in the team in 1963. As the grandson of Henry Ford, Clay Ford served as a member of the Ford Motor Company’s Board of Director until 2005.
    Richard Cabela: Born: 1936-10-08 - Died: 2014-02-17
    Richard Cabela, 77, was the co-founder of Cabela’s outdoor sporting goods equipment. The business focused on hunting and fishing which led to an empire of stores and licensing deals. One of the more prominent uses of the Cabela’s license has been the creation of an annual video game franchise based around deer hunting.
    Edgar Bronfman Sr.: Born: 1929-06-20 - Died: 2013-12-21
    Edgar Bronfman Sr. was a Canadian-American businessman who served as the CEO of the Seagram Company from 1971 to 1994. He also served as the President of the World Jewish Congress from 1981 to 2007. Bronfman was known for being an outspoken advocate of Jewish causes.
    Mike Hughes: Born: NA - Died: 2013-12-15
    Mike Hughes was the former president of The Martin Agency. He joined the agency in the late seventies, and held the role of creative director for 30 years. He became president in 1995. He’s responsible for the Geico Cavemen (which even got a TV show at one point) and the company’s Gecko mascot. He also [...]
    Milton Olin Jr.: Born: NA - Died: 2013-12-08
    Milton Olin Jr. was director of operations for of famous P2P file sharing service Napster between 2000 and 2002. He was also an entertainment lawyer.
    Paul Orberson: Born: 1956-12-18 - Died: 2013-12-5
    Paul Orberson was best known as the founder of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing, a multi-level marketing company that was shut down in 2013 for being a pyramid scheme. Orberson grew up in Danville, Ky and later attended Western Kentucky University. He began his career as a high school teacher and basketball coach before making millions working [...]
    Joy Covey: Born: 1963 - Died: 09-18-2013
    Joy Covey, 50, was an Internet pioneer and former CFO of Amazon when it was just an online bookseller. She attended both Stanford and Harvard Universities before joining up with Amazon in 1996. She stayed with the company until 2000. Her most recent work was with the National Resources Defense Council where she served as [...]
    Hiroshi Yamauchi: Born: 1927-11-07 - Died: 2013-09-19
    Hiroshi Yamauchi was the third president of Nintendo, helming the company from 1949 to 2002. He is credited with turning the card-making company to the gaming giant that we know today. Yamauchi stepped down in 2002, handing the company over to Satoru Iwata. Yamauchi was also the majority owner in the Seattle Mariners and on [...]
    Eiji Toyoda: Born: 1913-09-12 - Died: 2013-09-17
    Eiji Toyoda was a Toyota Motor Corporation executive and a founding member of the company’s Toyoda family. He served as the company’s president from 1967 until 1981, and then served as Toyota chairman until 1994.
    Ray Dolby: Born: 18-01-1933 - Died: 12-09-2013
    Ray Dolby was an American sound engineer who perfected recordings heard in iconic films such as “A Clockwork Orange” and “Star Wars”. He started Dolby laboratories in 1965 and won a Grammy, two Oscars, and several Emmys for his work in the field of sound.
    Cal Worthington: Born: 1920-11-27 - Died: 2013-09-8
    Cal Worthington, 92, was a famous car dealer on the West Coast. He perhaps is most famous for being one of the first car dealers to do television ads. He first sponsored entire programs in the early 50s, but soon moved on to producing car dealership ads that are still copied (and parodied) to this [...]
    Ronald Coase: Born: 29-12-1910 - Died: 02-09-2013
    Ronald Coase was a famous economist who developed the Coase Theorem, which states that the problem of externalities—one person taking an action that causes a cost for someone else—can be fixed without government action as long as property rights are clearly defined and transaction costs are low. He was also considered to be the “father” [...]
    R.J. Corman: Born: unknown - Died: 23-08-2013
    R.J. Corman was a Kentucky entrepreneur who started a multi-million dollar railroad company. With lines running in seven states, Corman’s company also offers construction and maintenance and 24-hour derailment services & cleanup, one of only two major companies to offer such a service. The company–which began as a backhoe service–currently employs more than 1,100 people [...]
    Marc Rich: Born: 18-12-1934 - Died: 26-06-2013
    Marc Rich was an international commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier and businessman who founded the company Glencore. He became well-known in the ’80s for making oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis, and fled to Switzerland for safety. He was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton.
    Leonard Marsh: Born: 1933-01-05 - Died: 2013-05-21
    Leonard co-founded Snapple with Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenberg. The company introduced a line of juices in 1980. By 1987, they moved into Iced Tea as well. The slogan is “Made from the best stuff on Earth.”
    John Williamson: Born: unknown - Died: 24-03-2013
    John Williamson and his wife, Barbara, founded the Sandstone Retreat in Los Angeles with the intent to promote nudity and sexual liberty. The retreat was the subject of a documentary in 1975 about the sexual revolution.
    Jack Shea: Born: 1928-08-01 - Died: 2013-04-28
    Jack Shea was a TV and film director who also served as the president of the Directors Guild of America from 1997 to 2002. He is best known for his work on shows like The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons, and Growing Pains. As President of the DGA, Shea was an advocate for minority hiring.
    Al Neuharth: Born: 1924-03-22 - Died: 2013-04-19
    Al Neuharth was the founder of USA Today, and former chairman of Gannett. He was also a columnist From South Dakota, Neuharth started out co-founding SoDak Sports, a local newspaper covering the sports scene in South Dakota. It went bankrupt within a year, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a hugely successful publisher, obviously.
    Robert Earl Holding: Born: 1926-11-29 - Died: 2013-04-19
    Robert Earl Holding was an American businessman and billionaire. He owned many businesses, including Sinclair Oil, the Grand America Hotel, Little America Hotels, and two ski resorts.
    Bob Perry: Born: - Died: 2013-04-13
    Bob Perry was a homebuilder (Perry Homes) wel known for his large contributions to Republican campaigns. He was one of the largest Republican campaign donors in Texas, and even in the entire country. He was the top contributor to the “Swift Boat” ad campaign against John Kerry in 2004.
    Robert Zildjian: Born: 1923-07-14 - Died: 2013-03-28
    Robert Zildjian was the founder of cymbal manufacturing company Sabian Cymbals. The company’s cymbals are used by famous drummers around the world.
    Roy Brown Jr.: Born: 1916-10-30 - Died: 2013-02-24
    Roy Brown Jr. was a car designer for the Ford Motor company who is best known for being the man behind the futuristic Edsel model, a bold vision which failed spectacularly in the late 1950s/early 1960s when it failed to catch on with the American public.
    Paul McIlhenny: Born: NA - Died: 2013-02-23
    Paul McIlhenny was the CEO of the McIlhenny Company, the company behind Tabasco sauce. He was also chairman.
    Martin Zweig: Born: 1942-07-? - Died: 2013-02-18
    Martin Zweig was a financial analyst, investor, and author of the book Winning on Wall Street. He also created the Zweig Forecast in 1971, which ran for 26 years. In 1987, Zweig famously predicted the stock market crash known as Black Monday. Zweig was known as a pioneer in technical analysis.
    Jerry Buss: Born: 1934-0127 - Died: 2013-02-18
    Gerald “Jerry” Buss was a long-time owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings. Buss made his fortune in the Los Angeles-area real estate market during the 60s and 70s. In 2010 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy flipchip/LasVegasVegas.com)
    Aaron Swartz: Born: 1986-11-08 - Died: 2013-01-11
    Aaron Swartz founded Infogami, which merged with Reddit in Reddit’s early days. In addition to being a programmer, writer and activist. He also co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification of RSS, and built web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. Swartz was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics, founded the online group [...]
    Helen Gurley Brown: Born: 1922-02-18 - Died: 2012-08-13
    Helen Gurley Brown was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years. She was also an author. Her book Sex and the Single Girl was published in 1962, and became a best-seller. She became editor-in-chief at Cosmo in 1965, saving the magazine from failing. She held the role until 1997, when she was ousted, and [...]
    Barry Becher: Born: 1941-03-24 - Died: 2012-06-22
    Berry Becher was a well-known television marketer/pitchman, known for his commercials advertising the “Ginsu Knife” in the late 1970s. His product pitching style was often referring to as “over the top” (somewhat like other television pitchman Billy Mays). Becher was in partnership with Ed Valenti (a well-known TV marketer) with these commercials, and demonstrated various [...]