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Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Nelson Bunker Hunt, 88 (1926 - 2014)

    Nelson Bunker Hunt

    The Associated PressDALLAS (AP) — Nelson Bunker Hunt, a Texas oilman who once tried to corner the silver market with one of his brothers only to see the move end in financial disaster, has died. He was 88.Hunt died Tuesday at a Dallas assisted-living center after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his brother, W. Herbert Hunt, said.Hunt was among the world's wealthiest men. His father was...

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  • Comer Cottrell (2014)

    Comer Cottrell

    The Associated PressPLANO, Texas (AP) — Comer Cottrell, a black hair-care entrepreneur who made millions with a cheap kit that brought the glossy celebrity Jheri curl into the homes of average African Americans, has died. He was 82.Cottrell died Oct. 3 at his home in Plano, Texas, family spokeswoman Taryn Brown said Thursday.Cottrell recalled there was a lack of hair-care products for black...

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  • Isidoro Alvarez (2014)

    Isidoro Alvarez

    The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Isidoro Alvarez, the head of Spain's El Corte Ingles department store chain who turned the company into an international business with an annual turnover of around 14 billion euros ($18 billion), has died. He was 79.Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos expressed his regret at Alvarez's death in Madrid on Sunday, describing him in a statement as "one of our...

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  • Emilio Botin, 79 (1934 - 2014)

    Emilio Botin

    CRISTINA FUENTES-CANTILLANA, The Associated PressMADRID (AP) — Spanish banking magnate Emilio Botin, who built the country's Banco Santander into a global financial giant and was widely seen as the nation's most influential business leader, has died of a heart attack, the company said Wednesday. He was 79.Banco Santander's board of directors unanimously agreed to appoint Botin's eldest daughter...

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  • S. Truett Cathy, 93 (1921 - 2014)

    S. Truett Cathy

    BERNARD McGHEE, The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy died early Monday at 93. The billionaire rose from poverty, building a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for the Cathy family's opposition to gay marriage. Cathy opened his first postwar diner in an Atlanta suburb in 1946 and by 1967 he had...

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