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Frederick "Fred" DeLuca, 67 (2015)
NEW YORK (AP) - Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca died Monday evening after being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, the company said Tuesday. He was 67. DeLuca's death came weeks after the 50th anniversary of Subway, which has become the world's biggest restaurant chain by locations. DeLuca decided to open a sandwich shop at the age of 17 to help pay for college after graduating high school....
Bob Abt (2015)
Bob Abt, CEO of Abt Electronics, died Thursday morning after a three-year struggle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune reports. A retail legend, Abt took over management of Abt Electronics from his parents, who famously founded the store with $800 and helped transform it to, per the company, the largest single-store retailer of electronics and appliances in the nation. Abt was celebrated for...
Satoru Iwata, 55 (2015)
the Nintendo president who superintended the development of the Wii console and the global expansion of the Pokémon and Super Mario franchises, died July 11 from a bile duct tumor, according to a company press release. He was 55. By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Satoru Iwata, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super...
Burt Shavitz, 80 (2015)
The Burt of Burt's Bees and the iconic face of the honey-based natural cosmetics company, Burt Shavitz will be remembered for his individualistic lifestyle and nature-centered values. By DAVID SHARP, The Associated PressPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, died on Sunday. Burt...
Walter Scheib, 61 (1954 - 2015)
TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a former White House chef who had been missing for more than a week after going hiking in the New Mexico mountains, authorities said. The body of 61-year-old Walter Scheib was found Sunday night near a hiking trail in mountains in the Taos area, the New Mexico State Police said. "The body was discovered off the immediate trail," a State...
Ralph Roberts, 95 (1920 - 2015)
By TALI ARBEL, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died....
Nelson Doubleday, Jr., 81 (1933 - 2015)
By TOM McELROY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Nelson Doubleday Jr., the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the team to a 1986 World Series title, has died. He was 81...
Kirk Kerkorian, 98 (1917 - 2015)
By SALLY HO and STEVE ROTHWELL, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian, an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and...
Alan Bond, 77 (1938 - 2015)
By ROD McGUIRK, The Associated PressCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Alan Bond, the polarizing global entrepreneur who became an Australian hero by bankrolling a historic America's Cup yacht race victory...
Horst Brandstaetter, 81 (1933 - 2015)
The Associated PressBERLIN (AP) — Horst Brandstaetter, who launched the popular Playmobil range of plastic toys in the 1970s, has died. He was 81.Playmobil manufacturer geobra Brandstaetter...
Ed Gilligan (2015)
By ALEX VEIGA, The Associated Press American Express said company President Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. Gilligan, 55, was...
Alexandre Lamfalussy, 86 (1929 - 2015)
The Associated PressFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Belgian economist Alexandre Lamfalussy, who headed the institution that became the European Central Bank and was credited as one of the founders of the...
Sir Maurice Flanagan, 86 (1928 - 2015)
By ADAM SCHRECK, The Associated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sir Maurice Flanagan, a British aviation executive who helped get Emirates airline off the ground and guided its breakneck...
David Goldberg, 47 (1967 - 2015)
By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press David Goldberg, the SurveyMonkey CEO who also was Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg's husband, was exercising at a gym in a...
Jean Nidetch, 91 (1923 - 2015)
By MATT SEDENSKY, The Associated PressPARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A half-century after dropping 70 pounds and keeping them off, Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch made some allowances: Cokes in her...
A. Alfred Taubman (2015 - 2015)
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...
Robert Kirkland, 77 (1938 - 2015)
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...
Joel Spira, 88 (1927 - 2015)
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...
Paul Reynolds (2015)
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...
Andrew Getty (2015)
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...
Gary Ross Dahl, 78 (1936 - 2015)
The Associated PressJACKSONVILLE, Oregon (AP) — Gary Ross Dahl, the creator of the wildly popular 1970s fad the Pet Rock, has died at age 78 in Oregon.Dahl's wife, Marguerite Dahl, confirmed...
Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr. (2015)
The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the...
Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)
By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer...
Donald Keough (2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta,...
Yutaka Katayama, 105 (1909 - 2015)
By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died...
Michele Ferrero, 89 (1925 - 2015)
By NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined...
Liam E. McGee (2015)
The Associated PressHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of The Hartford financial services firm who was credited with guiding the company as it recovered from the recession has died. Liam E....
John C. Whitehead, 92 (1922 - 2015)
The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — John C. Whitehead, a Wall Street banker who led Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s international expansion in the 1970s and '80s and later was founding chairman of the...
Melvin Gordon (2015)
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The...
Peter Wallenberg (2015)
By KARL RITTER, The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Peter Wallenberg, the former head of a Swedish financial dynasty sometimes compared to the Rockefellers, has died. He was 88.Wallenberg died...