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Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • A. Alfred Taubman (2015 - 2015)

    A. Alfred Taubman

    The Associated PressBLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan (AP) — A. Alfred Taubman, the self-made Michigan billionaire whose philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career, has died. He was 91.Taubman, who donated hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and museums, died...

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  • Robert Kirkland, 77 (1938 - 2015)

    Robert Kirkland

    The Associated PressUNION CITY, Tennessee (AP) — Robert Kirkland, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who built a national chain of home decor stores and donated $100 million to found the Discovery Park of America education center and tourist attraction in northwest Tennessee, has died at age 77.Kirkland's son, Chris, told The Associated Press that his father died Saturday morning from...

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  • Joel Spira, 88 (1927 - 2015)

    Joel Spira

    The Associated PressCOOPERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Joel Spira, who brought the light dimmer switch to households across the nation and transformed his Lutron Electronics Company into a leading manufacturer of lighting controls, died of natural causes on Wednesday. He was 88.The Coopersburg, Pennsylvania-based company, which confirmed the death, said he had been working with company engineers on a new...

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  • Paul Reynolds (2015)

    Paul Reynolds

    The Associated PressTORONTO (AP) — Canadian financial company Canaccord Genuity said Thursday that its president and chief executive, Paul Reynolds, has died in Hawaii after a medical emergency during a triathlon competition. He was 52.Reynolds led Canaccord Genuity as it was transformed from a Canadian brokerage business to an independent global investment bank.He competed Sunday in the...

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  • Andrew Getty (2015)

    Andrew  Getty

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH and JOHN ROGERS, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The mysterious death of J. Paul Getty's grandson Andrew Getty is just the latest example of the latter. Andrew Getty, 47, was found dead Tuesday after authorities said his girlfriend called emergency...

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