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Quiz about Big Business
Quiz about Big Business

Big Business Trivia Quiz


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!

A multiple-choice quiz by Sprink1234. Estimated time: 9 mins.
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Author
Sprink1234
Time
9 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
28,639
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
25
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
14 / 25
Plays
5907
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 25
1. 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? Hint


Question 2 of 25
2. 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? Hint


Question 3 of 25
3. What Harvard drop-out founded a software company in 1975 that would later revolutionize the computer industry?

Answer: (Last name only or full name)
Question 4 of 25
4. 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? Hint


Question 5 of 25
5. 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? Hint


Question 6 of 25
6. 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? Hint


Question 7 of 25
7. In 1992, this businessman became the youngest CEO on the Fortune 500 when his company joined the list. Who is this technology notable? Hint


Question 8 of 25
8. 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?

Answer: (Last name only or full name)
Question 9 of 25
9. 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? Hint


Question 10 of 25
10. This cosmetics 'queen' launched her first scent in 1953 called 'Youth Dew', the first bath oil to double as a perfume. Who was she? Hint


Question 11 of 25
11. 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? Hint


Question 12 of 25
12. 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? Hint


Question 13 of 25
13. 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? Hint


Question 14 of 25
14. 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? Hint


Question 15 of 25
15. 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? Hint


Question 16 of 25
16. This media mogul got his start by inheriting his father's failing billboard business after being expelled from Brown University. Who is he? Hint


Question 17 of 25
17. 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? Hint


Question 18 of 25
18. 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? Hint


Question 19 of 25
19. 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? Hint


Question 20 of 25
20. 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? Hint


Question 21 of 25
21. 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? Hint


Question 22 of 25
22. 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? Hint


Question 23 of 25
23. 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? Hint


Question 24 of 25
24. 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? Hint


Question 25 of 25
25. 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? Hint



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1. 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?

Answer: Cornelius Vanderbilt, Sr.

Cornelius (Sr., he also had a grandson named Cornelius) founded Vanderbilt University. His son, George, built the 'Biltmore' estate near Asheville, NC.
2. 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?

Answer: Sam Walton

Walton opened the first Wal-Mart in 1962. By using the 'superstore' strategy, Wal-Mart became America's largest retailer in 1991, surpassing Sears.
3. What Harvard drop-out founded a software company in 1975 that would later revolutionize the computer industry?

Answer: Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III founded Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen. With the development of Windows, the company became a world powerhouse.
4. 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?

Answer: Hanes

J. Wesley Hanes formed Shamrock Mills Co. (Hanes Hosiery) and Pleasant Hanes formed P.H. Hanes Knitting Co. They were joined in 1965 as Hanes Corporation. Consolidated Foods Corporation (now Sara Lee) acquired Hanes in 1979. Hanes became the number 1 brand of apparel in 2000.
5. 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?

Answer: R. J. Reynolds

Richard Joshua Reynolds started R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C., a town with only a few hundred residents and no paved roads but was a main railroad stop. He introduced the 'Camel' brand in 1913. Incidentally: P.H. Hanes (from question 4) Tobacco Co. was sold to R.J. Reynolds in 1900 for {$175,000.}
6. 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?

Answer: J. P. Morgan

J.P. took over the firm after his father, J.S., died. When asked by a congressional committee if money was the basis of commercial credit, he replied, 'No sir, the first thing is character.... a man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom.' Morgan became the symbol of Wall Street and helped restore confidence after the panic of 1907.
7. In 1992, this businessman became the youngest CEO on the Fortune 500 when his company joined the list. Who is this technology notable?

Answer: Michael Dell

Michael Dell started Dell Computer Corporation with {$1000} from his dorm room at the University of Texas at Austin.
8. 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?

Answer: Ford

Though Ford did not invent the automobile, his assembly line method of production made it more affordable.
9. 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?

Answer: William Boeing

Under his guidance, a tiny airplane manufacturing company grew into a huge corporation of related industries. When post-Depression legislation in 1934 mandated the break-up of the corporation, Boeing sold his interests in the Boeing Airplane Company, but continued to work on other business ventures. He lived until 1956, long enough to see the company he started enter the jet age.
10. This cosmetics 'queen' launched her first scent in 1953 called 'Youth Dew', the first bath oil to double as a perfume. Who was she?

Answer: Estee Lauder

Leonard Lauder, chief executive of the company his mother founded, says she always thought she 'was growing a nice little business.' And that it is. A little business that controls 45 percent of the cosmetics market in U.S. department stores. Lauder's first department store account was established in 1948 with Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.
11. 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?

Answer: Charles Merrill

Merrill founded Charles E. Merrill and Co. in 1914. He had formed a friendship and later a partnership with Edmund Lynch while working in the office of a textile firm. After partnering, they changed the name to Merrill Lynch and Co. In 1941, Merrill Lynch was the first firm to publish an annual report.
12. 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?

Answer: Walt Disney

Mickey Mouse made his debut in the 1928 film 'Steamboat Willie.' Walt Disney's first feature-length film was 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' in 1938.
13. 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?

Answer: Charles Pfizer

Charles Pfizer and cousin Charles Erhart were German immigrants. They started their chemical firm in 1849. Today, among many products, drugs and medicines, probably Pfizer's most recognized is Viagra.
14. 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?

Answer: Frank Woolworth

In 1879, Woolworth opened a five-cent store in Utica, NY a few months before the five-and-dime store but the store failed. After opening over 1,000 five-and-dimes across the U.S. and foreign countries, the F.W. Woolworth Co. was incorporated in 1911. Two years later he built the famed Woolworth Building in NY City. Then the highest building in the world stood 792 feet tall.
15. 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?

Answer: J.D. Rockefeller

Rockefeller and his associates formed Standard Oil in 1870. The company grew through acquiring competitors. The Sherman Antitrust Act was designed to dissolve monopolies and was a forerunner to the Federal Trade Commission. Though Rockefeller was a big businessman, he was also a generous donor. Throughout his life he gave away over {$550} million to charities.
16. This media mogul got his start by inheriting his father's failing billboard business after being expelled from Brown University. Who is he?

Answer: Ted Turner

Ted won the America's Cup in 1977 with his yacht 'Courageous', and then showed up drunk to collect the prize. He has worn a Confederate officer's uniform, complete with sword, to corporate {negotiations;} managed the Atlanta Braves (which he owns, along with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks) from the dugout during a particularly bad {season;} and challenged his arch-enemy, fellow media mogul Rupert Murdoch, to a televised boxing match in Las Vegas.
17. 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?

Answer: Levi Strauss

Jacob Davis, a tailor from Reno, Nevada, actually started the riveting technique but lacked the funds for a patent. Davis and Strauss formed a partnership to produce the popular denim jeans in 1872.
18. 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?

Answer: Louis B. Mayer

A three-way deal merged Metro Pictures, the Goldwyn Company and Mayer Productions into MGM. Mayer, a Russian immigrant, was responsible for the careers of stars such as Clark Cable, Greta Garbo, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford and numerous others. He was also responsible for movies such as 'Ben-Hur', 'A Night at the Opera' and 'The Wizard of Oz.'
19. 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?

Answer: John Mack

Mack used a slogan in advertisements for many years, especially when they produced buses...'The first Mack was a bus and the first bus was a Mack.' Mack trucks have a long-standing reputation as tough, high quality vehicles.
20. 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?

Answer: P.T. Barnum

Phineas Taylor Barnum opened his American Museum in NY in 1842 featuring exhibits of freaks such as Tom Thumb and the original Siamese Twins. 'The Greatest Show on Earth' opened in 1871. Barnum merged with his chief competitor, James Bailey, in 1881. Barnum died in 1891, 28 years before Ringling Brothers joined the traveling show.
21. 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?

Answer: Raymond Kroc

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald owned a hamburger stand in San Bernardino, CA. Ray Kroc convinced them they could open several restaurants as franchises and sell them the milk shake maker. Incidentally, 100 shares of stock bought during the 1965 IPO would have cost {$2,250} and would have multiplied into 74,360 shares and been worth {$2.8} million in Dec. 1998.
22. 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?

Answer: George Eastman

Eastman introduced a handheld camera in 1888. He was a pioneer in offering profit-sharing to his employees. He was also a generous donator, giving away over {$100} million.
23. 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?

Answer: Milton Hershey

Hershey's Kisses were first produced in 1907. The 'plume' sticking out of the top is a registered trademark as well as the configuration with the familiar foil wrap. Hershey's also makes York, Reese's, Almond Joy, and many other candies.
24. 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?

Answer: J. Willard Marriott

Marriott also pioneered in-flight catering at Washington's old Hoover Airfield (now the site of the Pentagon) serving Eastern, American and Capital Airlines. Marriott also operated several restaurants including the Roy Rogers fast food chain.
25. 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?

Answer: William Procter

William Procter and James Gamble went into business at the encouragement of their father-in-law, Alexander Norris. Neither had had intentions of settling in Cincinnati and may have never met had they not married sisters. Gamble's son, James Norris, developed a high quality soap in 1879 and Proctor's son, Harley, named it 'Ivory'.
Source: Author Sprink1234

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