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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Business

    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 […]
    Leonore Annenberg: Born: 1918-02-20 - Died: 2009-03-12
    Annenberg was the chairman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, and served as Chief of Protocol of the United States (1981 – 1982) under Ronald Reagan. Annenberg was a prominent philanthropist and the widow of Walter Annenberg, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
    Charles “Mask” Lewis, Jr.: Born: 1964-??-?? - Died: 2009-03-11
    Lewis, who is probably better known as “Mask” for the lines he would paint on his face, co-founded the clothing line TapouT, which quickly became a multi-million dollar company.
    Sydney Yallen: Born: 1924-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-17
    Yallen was the founder of Inter/Media Advertising, which later became the Inter/Media Group of Companies, a $450 million media organization. Some of Inter/Media group’s clients included Sanyo, Discover Card, Clorox Brands, Black & Decker, Glad and numerous other companies. Yallen’s company is credited with being at the forefront of the direct-response advertising industry.
    Jim Bellows: Born: 1923-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-06
    Bellows was the famed editor of L.A. Herald Examiner and well known for rescuing underdog big-city newspapers from L.A. to New York. During his prestigious career Bellows worked at the New York Herald Tribume, Los Angeles Times, Washington Star, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC News: World News Tonight… to name a few. […]
    Andrew Bourland: Born: 1955-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-16
    Bourland was the co-founder of ClickZ, an online publication with more than 40 online marketing professionals writing various columns. After ClickZ was acquired by INT Media Group in Septemeber 2000, Bourland launched his own blog, Bourland.com which covered and discussed new business models. During the later stages of his illness his blog became a place […]
    Michael Homer: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-01
    Homer was a Silicon Valley executive who aided in the development of the PC (personal computer), the Internet and various “hand-held” items. He also was a key figure at Netscape Communications Corporations in the mid 90’s, which would go on to commercialize the web browser. It’s been stated that Homer had a wide array of […]
    Roland Piquepaille: Born: 1943-01-01 - Died: 2009-01-06
    Piquepaille was the Emerging Technologies blogger with ZDNet. Below is a quote from Larry Dignan on the Emerging Tech blog… “Roland was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold. Roland spent most of his career in software, mainly for high performance computing and visualization […]
    Carl Pohlad: Born: 1915-08-23 - Died: 2009-01-05
    Pohlad was a successful financier and owner of the Minnesota Twins. He bought the team back in 1984, and just three years later (1987) the Twins won the World Series and proceeded to win it again in 1991. Pohlad claims that he came close to selling the team in 1997, which would’ve seen the team […]
    Beverly Garland: Born: 1926-10-17 - Died: 2008-12-05
    Garland was a businesswoman, hotel owner, and actress. She is probably best known for playing Red MacMurray’s second wife, Barbara Harper Douglas, on the long running sitcom My Three Sons. Her long television career saw her on shows such as the Twilight Zone, Remington Steele, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gunsmoke, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, […]
    Ted Rogers: Born: 1933-05-27 - Died: 2008-12-02
    Rogers was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and owner of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team. He acquired the Blue Jays back on September 1, 2000 when his company purchased 80% of the club with the Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. Since the 2003 season Rogers has owned 100% of the […]
    Andrew McKelvey: Born: 1934-??-?? - Died: 2008-11-27
    McKelvey was an American entrepreneur who is best known for founding Monster.com, which is the leading job recruitment site on the Internet. McKelvey had a knack for succeeding in business. His first company called Telephone Marketing Programs became the nation’s largest Yellow Pages advertising agency, handling almost a third of the American Yellow Pages advertising. […]
    Verne Orr: Born: 1916-11-12 - Died: 2008-11-27
    Orr was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force (1981 – 1985), appointed to the post by President Ronald Reagan. After high school, Orr went to Pomona College where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key. Later he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1939. Orr entered the United […]
    Betty James: Born: 1918-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-20
    Betty was the wife of Richard T. James, the inventor of the Slinky. James accidentally invented the Slinky while trying to develop a means for suspending sensitive instruments aboard naval vessels while in rough seas. He was working with tension springs and accidentally dropped one. Upon seeing it hit the ground and seeing how it […]
    Stefan Schörghuber: Born: 1961-07-006 - Died: 2008-11-25
    Schörghuber was a German businessman, and the owner of the Schörghuber Unternehmensgruppe in Munich, Germany. Forbes’ estimates Schörghuber’s wealth to be $3.5 Billion, which puts him at number 307 in the world.
    Terence Tolbert: Born: 1964-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-02
    Tolbert was the director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in the state of Nevada. On Election Day, Obama defeated John McCain by a 56% – 42% margin, carrying Nevada and it’s five electoral votes. This was considered a huge win for the Democratic Party, as the state is traditionally Republican.
    Paul Newman: Born: 1925-01-26 - Died: 2008-09-26
    Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, although he had other passions as well – being an entrepreneur, directing film, and racing cars. The films for which Newman was probably most known for include: Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The COlor of Money, The Sting, Exodus, Cat on a […]
    Thomas Thewes: Born: 1932-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-28
    Thewes was a co-owner of three hockey teams – the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) and the Florida Everblades (ECHL). In addition to his hockey teams Thewes was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (Emeritus) and co-founder of the Compuware Corporation.
    Keith Grinstein: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-28
    Grinstein was a partner in the Seattle based venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners and chairman of coin-counting machine company Coinstar. He was also the son of former Delta Air Lines CEO Gerald Grinstein. Grinstein formerly held senior positions at McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless and Nextel International.
    Lynn Kohlman: Born: 1946-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-14
    Kohlman was a former model turned photographer, author and creative director at DKNY. She began her modeling career in the late 1960’s where she appeared in numerous fashion magazines. In the 1970’s she became a photographer for Interview, Vogue, GQ and Glamour. In 1989 she was appointed fashion director of the Donna Karen Company. In […]
    Olin Stephens: Born: 1908-04-13 - Died: 2008-09-13
    Stephens has often been called the most successful yacht designer of the 20th century. His name is well known connection with the America’s Cup, a prestigious regatta, as he assisted W. Starling Burgess on the J-Boats of the late 1930’s. Which included Ranger, which won the Cup in 1937. In 1993, Stephens was inducted into […]
    Gene Upshaw: Born: 1945-08-15 - Died: 2008-08-20
    Upshaw was a former football player, who played with the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League and the National Football League for 16 years. During his career he had the privilege of playing in three Super Bowls – 1967, 1976 and 1980. Upshaw was a member of the bargaining committee for the National Football […]
    James Orthwein: Born: 1924-03-13 - Died: 2008-08-15
    James Busch Orthwein was the great grandson of Anheuser Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch. Orthwein owned NFL team the New England Patriots from 1992 to 1993, just long enough to hire coach  Bill Parcells. He was also owner when the Pats changed their logo and uniforms. He was considering moving the Patriots to St. Louis, but […]
    Estée Lauder: Born: 1906-07-01 - Died: 2004-04-24
    Estée Lauder co-founded the Estée Lauder Companies with her husband Joseph Luder. The Estée Lauder Companies are known for the cosmetics and perfumes. Popular brands include Estée Lauder and Clinique. The company began in 1946 and is still going strong today.
    Bill Stulla: Born: 1911-05-24 - Died: 2008-08-12
    William “Engineer Bill” Stulla was a children’s television host in the 50s and 60s who hosted “Cartoon Express with Engineer Bill”. He also spent time in the army, even earning a Bronze star as a World War II Veteran. Later on, he became a stockbroker after leaving television.
    Jerry Wexler: Born: 1917-01-10 - Died: 2008-08-15
    Wexler was a former journalist who made the transition to music producer. He was an integral part in signing and producing many of the biggest acts from the 1950s – 1980s. Some of the acts he worked with include Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and many more. During his Billboard […]