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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Business

    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 […]
    Jack Tramiel: Born: 1928-12-13 - Died: 2012-04-08
    Tramiel is best known for founding Commodore International, where his Commodore 64 is widely considered the best-selling personal computer in history. As a child in Poland, Tramiel’s family was transported by German occupiers to the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, where he worked in a garment factory. When the ghettos were wiped out his family was […]
    Steve Appleton: Born: 1960-03-11 - Died: 2012-02-03
    Steve Appleton was the CEO of technology company Micron. Along with overseeing a well-known technology corporation, Appleton was actively involved in the sports world, participating in tennis, scuba diving, and off-road car racing.
    Sean Collins: Born: 1951-04-08 - Died: 2011-12-26
    Sean Collins was a famous surfer and the founder of Surfline. Surfline originated as a surfing hotline, but eventually became one of the most popular surfing sites on the web. Collins had a background in meteorology, which he applied to the needs of surfers, which was presumably a big part of what made his company […]
    Al Davis: Born: 1929-07-04 - Died: 2011-10-08
    Al Davis was the owner of the American football team the Oakland Raiders. It would be hard to sum up the Al Davis legacy any better than the official Raiders site itself: An unyielding total commitment to excellence has marked the three-time World Champion Raiders monumental rise during the last 48 years to the very […]
    Don Lapre: Born: 1964-05-19 - Died: 2011-10-02
    Lapre was a TV pitchman and a well known marketing salesman and informercial huckster. His work involved such products as “The Greatest Vitamin in the World” and the “Making Money Package”. He was often criticized for selling questionable business plans, which most of the time failed to live up to their promise to his clients. […]
    John Paul Getty III: Born: 1956-11-04 - Died: 2010-02-05
    John Paul Getty III is famous for being the grandson of the famous oil tycoon, Jean Paul Getty. Who was at one point, the richest man in the world. Getty III’s life was extremely tragic; he faced many struggles early in life and later on as well.
    Bob Guccione: Born: 1930-12-17 - Died: 2010-10-20
    If one word could describe Bob Guccione, it’s contradiction. Early in life he had tried joining a seminary, and then tried to make it as an artist. Before finally finding success as the founder and publisher of Penthouse Magazine. To those who knew him, Guccione was a polarizing personality. He was loyal and kind one […]
    Jimi Heselden: Born: 1948 - Died: 2010-09-26
    Jimi Heselden lead a very interesting life that saw him go from a humble miner all the way to him sitting at the 395th richest man in the world. Heselden was born in Leeds South of West Yorkshire, and remained a part of the community until his death.
    Dr. Frank Ryan: Born: 1960-05-21 - Died: 2010-08-16
    Dr. Frank Ryan was a highly renowned plastic surgeon in Malibu, California. He performed the first plastic surgery makeovers on TV, in 1995. For a television show called The Operation. He would then go on to become Oscar De La Hoya’s surgeon.
    Glen Bell: Born: 1923-09-03 - Died: 2010-01-17
    Bell was a businessman who founded the fast food chain Taco Bell. In 1948 Bell started his first hot dog stand called Bell’s Drive-In in San Bernardino. In 1952 Bell sold the business and used the that money to build a second stand that sold both hot dogs and hamburgers. Shortly after opening, the shop […]
    Casey Johnson: Born: 1979-09-24 - Died: 2010-01-04
    Casey Johnson was a great-great-granddaughter of Robert Wood Johnson I, co-founder of Johnson & Johnson which makes her an heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune. Johnson is known for being a Hollywood socialite, some of her friends are Paris & Nicky Hilton, Nicole Richie, and several others. On December 9, 2009 Johnson announced that […]
    Roy E. Disney: Born: 1930-01-10 - Died: 2009-12-16
    Disney was a successful businessman, philanthropist, filmmaker, and award-winning sailor, who played a key role in the revitalization of The Walt Disney Company and Disney’s animation legacy. He was associated with the Company over a 56-year period, and from 1984 – 2003, served as vice chairman of the Company’s board of directors, and chairman of […]
    Bob Stupak: Born: 1942-04-06 - Died: 2009-09-25
    Stupak was the owner, founder and developer of the 1,149-foot-tall Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. More than likely he’ll be remembered for the Stratosphere, but Stupak was very well known for getting his name in the media. Over the years he won $1 million dollars on a 1989 Super Bowl bet, challenged Donald Trump to […]
    Don Hewitt: Born: 1922-12-14 - Died: 2009-08-19
    Hewitt was a television executive and producer who is best known for creating the news magazine show 60 Minutes.
    Robert Novak: Born: 1931-02-26 - Died: 2009-08-18
    Novak was a syndicated columnist, political commentator and journalist for more than 45 years. He was also the author of the longest-running syndicated column in U.S. political history.
    Les Paul: Born: 1915-06-09 - Died: 2009-08-13
    Paul was a former jazz guitarist and electronic mastermind. He pioneered the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which paved the way for rock-n-roll.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Born: 1921-07-10 - Died: 2009-08-11
    Shriver was a member of the prominent Kennedy family, younger sister to John F. Kennedy. She helped found the Special Olympics during the 1960s.
    Billy Mays: Born: 1958-20-06 - Died: 2009-06-28
    Mays was a television direct-response pitchman who is known for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo and dozens of other products. His trademark blue shirt, beard and loud sales pitches make him one of the most recognizable people on television. Mays began his pitchman career on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Later Mays worked various home shows, auto […]
    Michael Jackson: Born: 1958-08-29 - Died: 2009-06-25
    Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana to a working class family on August 29, 1958. His father, Joseph, was a steel mill employee and often performed in various R&B groups. His mother was a stay at home mom and a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Michael was the seventh of nine children; his siblings include Rebbie, […]
    Sam Cohn: Born: 1929-05-11 - Died: 2009-05-06
    Cohn was a talent agent at International Creative Management, an agency he helped create. He was described by Time magazine as “the first superagent of the modern age”. Some of his A-List clientele was Paul Newman, Woody Allen Meryl Streep, LIza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Gleason, Robert Altman and E.L. Doctorow. He began his career […]
    Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
    DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLUise would go on as “Dominick the Great”, a magic act gone horribly […]
    Nahum Sharfman: Born: 0000-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
    Sharfman was an entrepreneur who founded Shopping.com and successfully took it public in 2004. Shopping.com was later acquired by eBay for $650 million. Before he founded Shopping.com Sharfman toiled away at National Semiconductor. He held a Ph.D. in High Energy Nuclear Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the […]
    Nora O’Brien: Born: 1965-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
    O’Brien was a television executive in charge of drama programming for NBC Universal. Prior to her work in drama programming, O’Brien had spent six years at the Sci Fi Channel. Even though O’Brien resided in Santa Monica, California, she was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut.
    David Kellermann: Born: Unknown - Died: 2009-04-22
    Kellermann was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Freddie Mac, a position he had only held since September 2008.
    Marilyn Chambers: Born: 1952-04-22 - Died: 2009-04-12
    Chambers was a pornographic actress who is best known for her 1972 hardcore film “Behind the Green Door”. Chambers was trying to find work as an actress, when she answered an advertisement for a casting call. Upon her arrival, she found out that it wasn’t for a normal gig… it was for a porno film. […]
    Alan Livingston: Born: 1917-10-15 - Died: 2009-03-13
    Livingston was a businessman, songwriter, producer, and probably best known for creating Bozo the Clown. While working at Capitol Records, Livingston was given the task of creating a children’s record. After some deliberation he came up with “Bozo the Clown”. The first Bozo album, entitled Bozo at the Circus, was released in 1946. The concept […]