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Masaya Nakamura, 91 (1925 - 2017)
Masaya Nakamura, the founder of the video game company Namco who was also known as the Father of Pac-Man, died Jan. 22, 2017, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Robert Hulseman, 84 (2016)
Robert Hulseman, the former CEO who created the iconic red Solo cup, died Dec. 21, 2016, at his home in Northfield, Illinois. He was 84. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Michael Delligatti, 98 (2016)
Michael "Jim" Delligatti, who created McDonald's iconic Big Mac sandwich, has died at the age of 98, according to multiple news sources. For full coverage and obituary from Legacy.com, click here.
Bill Backer, 89 (1926 - 2016)
Bill Backer, a former advertising executive who conceived of the groundbreaking 1971 Coca-Cola television commercial titled "Buy the World a Coke," died May 13 in Warrenton, Virginia. For full obituary and coverage by Legacy.com, click here.
Andrew Grove, 79 (1936 - 2016)
Andy Grove, the Hungarian-born U.S. business executive who formerly led the Intel Corp. as its CEO, died Monday in Santa Clara, California, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Peter Mondavi, Sr., 101 (1914 - 2016)
Peter Mondavi, a wine pioneer in California's Napa Valley before it became known as a premier grape-growing region, has died. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Robert Oatley (2016)
Robert Oatley, the Australian billionaire and owner of sailing's Wild Oats XI, had died. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
Lillian Vernon, 88 (1927 - 2015)
Lillian Vernon, the businesswoman who founded the mail-order catalog company that bears her name, has died. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.
John Dineen, 34 (2015)
John Dineen of Ireland, a financial public relations executive and the fiance of "Downton Abbey" star and Golden Globe-winning actress Michelle Dockery, has died after a long illness. For full...
Doug Tompkins, 72 (1943 - 2015)
Doug Tompkins, an American business entrepreneur who co-founded The North Face chain of outdoor clothing stores and later became a conservationist, died Tuesday in a kayaking accident in Coyhaique,...
Chuck Williams, 100 (2015)
Chuck Williams, founder of the high-end home goods empire Williams-Sonoma died peacefully of natural causes Saturday in his San Francisco home. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click...
Bruce Dayton, 97 (1918 - 2015)
Bruce Dayton, the father of Minnesota's governor and a key figure in building his family's company into the massive retailing business that became Target Corp., has died, according to The Associated...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...