Best known for founding Laker Airways in 1966, which went bust in 1982.
D. Mar 19th 2005 - Founder of DeLorean Motor Co. His car was featured in the Back To The Future movies.
He started off selling milkshake mixers until he sold 8 to a burger shop and was quite intrigued by the way they conducted their business serving meals in 60 seconds. So the next day after giving it some thought he asked if he could market their concept. He opened the first McDonalds in 1955 in Des Plains, Illinois.
Opened the first Wal-Mart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Wal-Mart is the biggest private employer in the USA
His property holdings include some very prestigious Manhattan addresses like Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, Trump Park, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza and 610 Park Avenue. He is also the owner of the West Side Rail Yards and this is in the process of being developed to the tune of $5 billion. Other properties and holdings include several hotels and casinos in various places including Atlantic City and Miami.
In 1952 he inherited his father Australian local Newspaper, the Adelaide News. This would become start of his media empire. He bought various media concerns like The Daily Mirror and Festival Records. His speciality was to take loss making media, turn them around, and use the resulting profits for further acquisitions. His business acquisitions spread to Britain through the acquisition of News of the World, The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times and to the US through The New York Post.
Though he sold Virgin Records (to Thorn EMI) and a 49% stake of Virgin Atlantic (to Singapore Airlines), he still has numerous business interests in Virgin Cola, Virgin Pubs, Virgin Vision, Virgin Active, Mega stores, V2 record label, books and hotels.
Founder of the Microsoft Empire. Is the wealthiest man in the world with an estimated fortune of 46 billion US dollars!
He helped build the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works and invested in Pennsylvania oil wells and several Iron Works. In 1868 he introduced the Bessemer process of making steel to the US and by 1875 he fully capable of opening the largest steel works in the US, the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Fervently participated in flying experimental aircraft and as a result held numerous aircraft speed records. Through the influence of his uncle Rupert Hughes sought to start producing movies. Hughes became the primary stockholder in TWA. This turned out to be his greatest investment after it yielded over $540 million when he was forced to sell it in 1966.he bought several Las Vegas casinos including the Desert Inn (where he was staying), Castaways, Frontier, Landmark, Sands and Silver Slipper.
In 1980 he launched CNN, the first round-the-clock news network. CNN became more prominent as it started getting a reputation for having its reporters first on any scene. In 1986 Turner tried to purchase CBS, but he failed and so he bought Metro-Goldwyn-Myer (MGM) / United artists instead. He used their extensive film library to launch TNT in 1988. He also launched Cartoon Network using some of the assets of the afore-mentioned purchase. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner Inc. and Ted Turner became the Vice Chairman of the company of which he now owned 10% - the largest individual stockholder.
Generations of kids trooped to Baskin-Robbins stores to buy ice cream flavors like Pralines 'n Cream, Daiquiri Ice and Pink Bubblegum.Robbins opened his first ice cream store in Glendale, Calif., in December 1945, following his discharge from the Army.Robbins offered 21 flavors at that store. b. 6 December 1917, in Winnipeg, Canada - d. 6 May 2008, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA
John Richard "Jack or J.R." SimplotAn Idahoan farmer and agricultural supplier specializing in potato products. In 2007 he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in America, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death in May 2008, at age 99, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400. J.R. quit school in the eighth grade, at age 14, and left home to strike out on his own in 1923. He then worked on a farm near Declo, Idaho, getting into the potato and other vegetable processing business. b. 9 January 1909 (Dubuque, Iowa, USA) d. 25 May 2008 (Boise, Idaho, USA)
Founder of Seagram's; born, Moldova, 1889, died Montreal, 1971
Founder of Eaton's department store; 1834-1907
Founder of Bombardier, Inc.
Fleet owner, founder of the Cunard Line, Ltd
Founder of McDonald's (1902-1984)
New York restaurateur (1903-1977)
Popcorn businessman (1907-1995)