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Diamond Jim Brady

James Buchanan Brady (August 12, 1856 – April 13, 1917), also known as Diamond Jim Brady, was an American businessman, financier, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age.

R. A. F. Penrose Jr.

Richard Alexander Fullerton Penrose Jr. (December 17, 1863 – July 31, 1931), better known throughout his career as R. A. F. Penrose Jr., was an American mining geologist and entrepreneur.

Jay S. Fishman

Jay Steven Fishman (November 4, 1952 – August 19, 2016) served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Travelers Companies for 11 years prior to stepping down in December 2015, following a diagnosis of ALS. He was employed as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Travelers from December 2015 until his death in August 2016.

Sam Warner

Samuel Louis “Sam” Warner (August 10, 1887 – October 5, 1927) was a Polish-born Jewish American film producer who was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Studios. He established the studio along with his brothers Harry, Albert, and Jack L. Warner. Sam Warner is credited with procuring the technology that enabled Warner Bros. to produce the film industry’s first feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer. He died in 1927, the day before the film’s enormously successful premiere.

George Herman Babcock

George Herman Babcock (June 17, 1832 – December 16, 1893) was an American inventor. He and Stephen Wilcox co-invented a safer water tube steam boiler, and founded the Babcock & Wilcox boiler company.

Philip Levine (entrepreneur)

Philip Levine is a British entrepreneur and artist, who creates head designs, for which he has coined the term baldazzling.

Joel Glazer

Joel Glazer is part of the Glazer family, who control First Allied Corporation and the Zapata Corporation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, and England’s Manchester United Football Club. The family is based in Florida.

David M. Cote

David M. “Dave” Cote (born July 19, 1952) is an American businessman, the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Honeywell, a large American multinational conglomerate. Before Honeywell, Cote worked for General Electric and TRW. He was on the JP Morgan Chase risk committee during the period in which the firm lost $2 billion trading credit derivatives.

Cyrus West Field

Cyrus West Field (November 30, 1819 – July 12, 1892) was an American businessman and financier who, along with other entrepreneurs, created the Atlantic Telegraph Company and laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858.

Charles Francis Adams IV

Charles Francis Adams IV (May 2, 1910 – January 5, 1999) was a United States Naval Officer and electronics industrialist.

Lapo Elkann

Lapo Edovard Elkann(born 7 October 1977) is an Italian entrepreneur and grandson of Gianni Agnelli, the former controlling CEO and controlling shareholder of Fiat Automobiles.
Elkann, who was a Fiat marketing manager and manager of brand promotion at Group Fiat, is currently president of LA Holding, Italia Independent and Independent Ideas.

Gustavus Franklin Swift

Gustavus Franklin Swift (June 24, 1839 – March 29, 1903) was an American business executive. He founded a meat-packing empire in the Midwest during the late 19th century, over which he presided until his death. He is credited with the development of the first practical ice-cooled railroad car, which allowed his company to ship dressed meats to all parts of the country and abroad, ushering in the “era of cheap beef.” Swift pioneered the use of animal by-products for the manufacture of soap, glue, fertilizer, various types of sundries, and even medical products.
Swift donated large sums of money to such institutions as the University of Chicago, the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He established Northwestern University’s “School of Oratory” in memory of his daughter, Annie May Swift, who died while a student there. When he died in 1903, his company was valued at between US$125 million and $135 million, and had a workforce that was more than 21,000 strong. “The House of Swift” slaughtered as many as two million cattle, four million hogs, and two million sheep a year. Three years after his death, the value of the company’s capital stock topped $250 million. He and his family are interred in a mausoleum in Mount Hope Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

M. A. R. Herries

Sir Michael Alexander Robert Young-Herries MC (28 February 1923 – 6 May 1995) was the Chairman and Managing Director of Jardine Matheson & Co. from 1963 to 1970 and was the Chairman of The Royal Bank of Scotland from 1978 to 1991.
Born in Scotland in the Dumfries and Galloway region, a region which produced many of the leaders of Jardine, Matheson including its founder, he was educated at Eton where he excelled in Classics and sports then later at Trinity College in Cambridge. While at Cambridge in 1942, his studies were interrupted by his service with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, serving in Europe, later on his regiment was transferred to the Middle East, in Egypt then in Palestine. Attaining the rank of Captain and awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action, he returned to Cambridge in 1947 to continue his studies in Classics.
In 1949, Herries joined Jardine, Matheson & Co. as a junior accountant and was immediately asked to report to Hong Kong in the Far East. Before moving, he had married Elizabeth Smith and transferred to Hong Kong with her. In just a short time as junior accountant, he was promoted to general manager. A brilliant manager, Herries moved up the corporate ladder fast and in less than ten years reached the rank of associate director. In 1959, he became Director overseeing a large division within the group. In 1962, he became the Deputy Managing Director reporting to then Chairman and Managing Director Sir Hugh Barton. Upon Sir Hugh’s retirement in June 1963, Herries became Chairman and Managing Director of Jardines, acquiring the title of ‘Tai-pan’.
As ‘Tai-pan’ of Jardines, he oversaw the group’s rapid rise to become an international conglomerate. Herries did much in transforming Jardines from an old-fashioned trading company into a modern enterprise run by a modern team of managers. He is best remembered for confidently steering the group during the tumultuous 1966–67 revolution that convulsed Hong Kong and was prodded by the Chinese Communist Government. For his actions, he was awarded a Knighthood in 1968.
Herries retired from Jardines in 1970. He had an outstanding business reputation in Hong Kong and the Far East from his years of successfully managing a large diversified conglomerate and an even outstanding public service. He was an active member of the non-executive Legislative Council of Hong Kong and a member of several trade groups, universities and associations.
After a brief association with Jardines after his retirement, he joined The Royal Bank of Scotland as Vice-Chairman in 1974, Deputy Chairman in 1975 and Chairman in 1976 and retired in 1992.
Herries received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1984
Sir Michael Herries was known to be a brilliant manager and demanded nothing but the best from his staff. He was widely regarded as one of the most modest and likeable of men. He and his wife, Elizabeth had two sons and a daughter.
Sir Michael died on 6 May 1995.

James Colosimo

Vincenzo Colosimo ([vinˈtʃɛntso koˈlɔziːmo]; February 16, 1878 – May 11, 1920), known as James “Big Jim” Colosimo or as “Diamond Jim“, was an Italian-American Mafia crime boss who emigrated from Calabria, Italy, in 1895, and built a criminal empire in Chicago based on prostitution, gambling, and racketeering. He gained power through petty crime and by heading a chain of brothels. From about 1902 until his death in 1920, he led a gang that became known after his death as the Chicago Outfit. Johnny Torrio was an enforcer whom Colosimo imported in 1909 from New York and who seized control after his death. Al Capone, a Torrio henchman, allegedly was directly involved in the murder.

William L. Clayton

William Lockhart “Will” Clayton (February 7, 1880 – February 8, 1966) was an American business leader and government official.

Tony George

Anton Hulman “Tony” George (born December 30, 1959) is the chairman and former President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hulman & Company, serving from 1989 to 2009. He was also formerly on the Board of Directors of both entities. He founded the Indy Racing League and co-owned Vision Racing. Many commentators, such as Gordon Kirby, suggest that George’s actions at the head of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and in creating the IRL to rival the then-dominant CART led to a sharp decline in popularity of open-wheel racing in the United States as it split the fanbase, and gave a significant boost to the national popularity of NASCAR.
Tony George’s grandfather, Tony Hulman purchased the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the end of World War II. George is a former driver, having competed in the 1989 Indy Lights championship, finishing 12th in points and capturing 5 top-tens. His mother (and Hulman’s daughter), Mari Hulman George (born 1934), formerly serves as the speedway’s Chairman and delivers its famed “ladies and gentlemen, start your engines” public address before every Indianapolis 500 from 1997-2015 and the Brickyard 400 from 1997;1999-2015.

Henry Kloss

Henry Kloss (1929, Altoona, Pennsylvania – January 31, 2002, Cambridge, Massachusetts) was a prominent American audio engineer and entrepreneur who helped advance high fidelity loudspeaker and radio receiver technology beginning in the 1950s. Kloss (pronounced with a long o, like “close”) was an undergraduate student in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (class of 1953), but never received a degree. He was responsible for a number of innovations, including, in part, the acoustic suspension loudspeaker, and the high fidelity cassette deck. In 2000, Kloss was one of the first inductees into the Consumer Electronics Association’s Hall of Fame. He earned an Emmy Award for his development of a projection television system, the Advent VideoBeam 1000.

Garfield Wood

Garfield ‘Gar’ Arthur Wood (December 4, 1880 – June 19, 1971) was an American inventor, entrepreneur, motorboat builder and racer who held the world water speed record on several occasions. He was the first man to travel over 100 miles per hour on water.

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt CBE (July 6, 1884 – July 4, 1970) was an American railroad executive, a champion yachtsman, an innovator and champion player of contract bridge, and a member of the Vanderbilt family.

Mark R. Hughes

Mark Reynolds Hughes (January 1, 1956 – May 21, 2000) was an American businessman who was the founder, chairman and CEO of Herbalife International Ltd, a multi-level marketing company that was ordered to restructure by the FTC in 2016 citing “unfair and deceptive practices”. Hughes was born in California in 1956. He died at 44 years old after accidentally ingesting a toxic combination of alcohol and doxepin in his Malibu mansion.

Donald Bren

Donald L. Bren (born May 11, 1932) is an American businessman who is Chairman and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate investment company. Bren’s net worth is approximately $15.2 billion, making him number 66 on the 2017 Forbes 400 list.

Edward Hebern

Edward Hugh Hebern (April 23, 1869 – February 10, 1952) was an early inventor of rotor machines, devices for encryption.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin (born July 10, 1960) is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.

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