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16 Persons in the U.S. Business Hall of Fame:

Location:
Exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
Web Site:
Years Active:
1975-2009

A.P. Giannini

Real/Birth Name:
Amadeo Pietro Giannini
Also Known As:
Amadeo Peter Giannini
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 28 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of Bank of America. Financed recovery after the 1906 quake. California Hall of Fame 2010. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1975.

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Real/Birth Name:
Cornelius Vanderbilt
Nickname(s):
Commodore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21

Relationships:

great great grandfather of
great grandfather of
great great great grandfather of
great great great grandfather of
great grandfather of
grandfather of
husband of
Frank Crawford, until he died.
Older than Frank Crawford by 44 years.
grandfather of
great grandfather of
great grandfather of
great great grandfather of
great grandfather of
great great grandfather of
great grandfather of
father of
grandfather of
great grandfather of
great great grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Founder of Vanderbilt family fortune. Railroad magnate after the Civil War. Shipping. Western Union. Gave $1 Million to Vanderbilt University. Congressional Gold Medal 1864. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1979.

Dave Thomas

Real/Birth Name:
Rex David Thomas
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of the Wendy's restaurant chain - named for his daughter. Spokesmodel for Wendy's on TV. Adopted, activist for adoption. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2003. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1999.

Estée Lauder

Real/Birth Name:
Josephine Ester Mentzer
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of the cosmetics business with her name. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2004. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1988. International Best-Dressed Hall of Fame List 1981.

Howard Hughes

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jean Peters by 20 years.

Brief Facts:

Multi-millionaire businessman. Movies, airplanes, airlines, oil exploration, medical research. Excentric and reclusive. Subject of movie The Aviator. Texas Aviation Hall of Fame 1998. Congressional Gold Medal 1939. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1996. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1973.

Katharine Graham

Real/Birth Name:
Katharine Meyer
Also Known As:
Katharine Meyer Graham
Nickname(s):
Kay
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 31 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Publisher and owner of the Washington Post. Won Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Died from injuries when she fell while on a trip to Sun Valley Idaho. National Women's Hall of Fame 2002. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2002. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1993.

L.L. Bean

Real/Birth Name:
Leon Leonwood Bean
Also Known As:
Leon L. Bean
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founded the catalog store L.L. Bean. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1993.

Lee Iacocca

Real/Birth Name:
Lido Anthony Iacocca
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

President of Chrysler. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1993. Automotive Hall of Fame 1994.

Liz Claiborne

Real/Birth Name:
Elisabeth Claiborne
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fashion designer and founder of women's apparel company Liz Claiborne. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1990.

Mary Kay Ash

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Kathlyn Wagner
Also Known As:
Mary Kay
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of Mary Kay cosmetics line. Gave pink Cadillacs to top sales people. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1996. Texas Women's Hall of Fame 1986. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Mike Curb

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Curb
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73, 15 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Republican. Lieutenant Governor of California from 1979 to 1983. President of MGM Records and Verve Records. Composed or supervised over 50 motion picture soundtracks and over 400 songs including All for the Love of Sunshine, It Was a Good Time. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 2001. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2003. Music City Walk of Fame 2009. North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2009. West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 2006. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2014. Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame 2016. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 29 June 2007.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Robert Mondavi

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Gerald Mondavi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94, 33 days before his 95th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Founder of Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley, California in 1966. Sold the business in 2004. California Hall of Fame 2007. Vintners Hall of Fame. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1991.

Samuel Goldwyn

Real/Birth Name:
Shmuel Gelbfisz
Also Known As:
Samuel Goldfish
Nickname(s):
Sam
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
95 or 96
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Frances Howard, until he died.
Older than Frances Howard by 23 or 24 years.
father of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movies Guys and Dolls, The Bishop's Wife, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Birth date uncertain. Presidential Medal of Freedom 1971. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1990. Cecil B DeMille Award 1973. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1631 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Steve Case

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen McConnell Case
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Cofounder, CEO, and former chairman of America Online, AOL. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 2009.

Ted Turner

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Edward Turner III
Also Known As:
R.E. Turner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80, 20 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Jane Fonda by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Owner of team Atlanta Braves. Manager for 1 game. Movie Gods and Generals. Founder of CNN cable news network and other networks. Television Academy Hall of Fame 1999. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Cable Hall of Fame 1999. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 2007. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1996. Braves Hall of Fame 2000. Television Hall of Fame 1991. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1994. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2005. International Civil Rights Walk of Fame 2012. Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry; ceremony: 7 April 2002.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Thomas A. Edison

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Alva Edison
Nickname(s):
The Wizard of Menlo Park
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented moving pictures (movies) - the first, in 1903, was The Great Train Robbery. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008. French Legion of Honor 1881. Congressional Gold Medal 1928. Entrepreneur Walk of Fame 2011. U.S. Business Hall of Fame 1975. New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame 1989. Michigan Walk of Fame 2006. Automotive Hall of Fame 1969. Albert Medal 1892. Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6700 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
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