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"The Who's Who in Big Business. A not-so-obvious look at people that have shaped the consumer world. Don't overlook any clues!"
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This 19th century entrepreneur started his empire at the age of 16 when he purchased a small sailing vessel for $100 and started a ferry service from Staten Island to New York City. He later made his fortune in steamboats and railroads. Who was he?
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Sr.
John W. Garrett
A graduate of the University of Missouri, this businessman started his retail career by opening several franchises of Ben Franklin five-and-dime stores in Arkansas. In 1962, he started what would become the largest U.S. retail store. Who was he?
James C. Penney
Charles Walgreen, Sr.
Richard Warren Sears
What Harvard drop-out founded a software company in 1975 that would later revolutionize the computer industry?
(Last name only or full name)
In 1901, two brothers formed two separate companies that would one day merge into one corporation. Their brand would eventually become the number 1 brand of apparel in the world. What is this family brand?
The sixth of sixteen children, this tobacco pioneer started his chewing-tobacco company in 1875 and would later introduce a smoking tobacco brand that became the first nationally popular cigarette in the U.S. Who was he?
R. J. Reynolds
This individual was instrumental in the development of the American banking industry. He took over his father's firm in 1890, renamed it and built his empire and reputation on character first, business second. Who was he?
J. P. Morgan
In 1992, this businessman became the youngest CEO on the Fortune 500 when his company joined the list. Who is this technology notable?
Ranked among the top contributions in business history, this early 20th century industrialist developed a system of production that drastically lowered the cost of his product and help rush in the modern age of travel. Who was he?
(Last name only or full name)
This aviation pioneer made his fortune in the timber industry and after succeeding in the aviation business and was a successful thoroughbred breeder. Who was he?
This cosmetics 'queen' launched her first scent in 1953 called 'Youth Dew', the first bath oil to double as a perfume. Who was she?
This semi-pro baseball player turned financier formed a partnership with a soda fountain equipment businessman and started an investment bank with the philosophy of 'bringing Wall Street to Main Street.' Who was he?
This animator incorporated 'Laugh-O-gram Films' which produced animations of 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Goldie Locks and the Three Bears' among others before later creating an animation icon. Who was he?
This pre-Civil War immigrant, together with his cousin, started a chemical company whose first product was candied santonin - a palatable antiparasitic. Today, the company he started is one of the premier pharmaceutical companies. Who was he?
This merchant got his start from a successful five-and-dime store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and later built the highest building in the world (at that time). Who was he?
Charles Walgreen, Sr.
Richard W. Sears
This businessman sold produce before buying his first refinery where he made his fortune. His firm, which would later come to symbolize large trusts, led to the Sherman Antitrust Act. Who was he?
This media mogul got his start by inheriting his father's failing billboard business after being expelled from Brown University. Who is he?
Vince McMahon, Jr.
This businessman moved from New York to San Francisco during the gold rush, not to pan for gold but to sell supplies to miners. In the ensuing years, he made his riveted 'waist overalls' famous. Who was he?
This early 20th century immigrant developed a chain of nickelodeons throughout New England and founded the American Feature Film Co. to serve as his distributor. He was later a partner in a production company whose first film was 'He Who Gets Slapped' in 1925. Who was he?
Louis B. Mayer
Joseph P. Kennedy
This truck manufacturer took a job with the carriage and wagon company of Fallesen and Berry and later bought the company with his brother, Augustus. Another brother, William, joined the business a year later. Their first successful motorized vehicle was a 40-horsepower, 20 passenger bus in 1900. Who was this big vehicle pioneer?
This showman's attractions included a midget and a Swedish soprano. As an author, his books include 'Humbugs of the World' and an autobiography. Who was he?
This salesman of a five-spindled milk shake maker called the Multimixer joined forces with two brothers who owned a hamburger stand in California and opened the first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois in 1955. Who was he?
With the slogan 'you push the button, we do the rest,' this businessman put his product in the hands of consumers for the first time. Who was he?
John Wesley Emerson
Edwin H. Land
This chocolatier had only a fourth grade education before becoming a printer's apprentice. Having never developed a talent for printing, he established the Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. Eight years later he started the chocolate company we know today making breakfast cocoa, sweet chocolate and baking chocolate. Who was he?
This businessman's first business was not a hotel. In 1926 he opened a nine-seat root beer stand in Washington D.C. called The Hot Shoppe. His first hotel was the Twin Bridges _________ Motor Hotel which opened in Arlington, Virginia in 1957. Who was he?
J. Willard Marriott
Originally a candlemaker, this Cincinnati immigrant started a business during the financial panic of 1837 with the help of his brother-in-law, a soapmaker. Who was he?
King C. Gillette
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