J. Paul Austin
J. Paul Austin was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company. From 1962 to 1981 Austin oversaw the growth of the company from $567 million in sales to a $5.9 billion global force, john Paul Austin was born on February 14,1915 in LaGrange, Georgia. His father was an executive at Callaway Mills, Austin was educated at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Austin attended Harvard University for undergraduate studies and graduated in 1937 with a degree in Liberal Arts, while at Harvard he was a member of the rowing team and competed in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Austin graduated from Harvard Law School in 1940, during World War II Austin was a Naval Intelligence Officer. He served on a PT squadron in the Pacific and was uninjured in the fire incident involving PT-346 in April 1944. Austin achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and received the Legion of Merit, Austin had an unmistakable physical presence, described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and athletic, with broad shoulders and a shock of red hair. In addition to his native English, Austin spoke French, Spanish and Japanese, Paul Austin was working at the New York law firm of Larkin, Rathbone & Perry when he joined the legal department at Coca-Cola in 1949. Austin began in Chicago where he supervised the buying of bottling plants and he spent five months working at various positions in the plant and as a route salesman. To Austin, this was a path to success in the business, in Chicago, Austin met Jeane Weed, who was working for Coca-Cola as a secretary. They married in July 1950 and had two sons, in 1950 Austin was named assistant to the president of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation. In 1954 Austin moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to oversee Coca-Cola’s operations in Africa, in 1958 Austin returned to Georgia and was named executive vice president of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation, then president in 1959. In May 1961 Austin was elected vice president of The Coca-Cola Company. In May 1962 Paul Austin was elected president of Coca-Cola, succeeding Lee Talley and he became chief executive officer in 1966, and chairman in 1970. Austin retired from Coca-Cola in 1981 and was succeeded by Roberto Goizueta, with Austin at the helm, Coca-Cola achieved an unprecedented tenfold growth. Coca-Cola had earnings of $46.7 million on sales of $567 million in 1962 when Austin was elected president, when Austin retired Coca-Cola had earnings of $481 million on sales of $5.9 billion. Under Austin’s leadership, Coca-Cola’s advertisements and branding had global impact, the groundbreaking “Hilltop” commercial featuring “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” was released in 1971 and has had a long lasting connection with the public. Paul Austin grew Coca-Cola’s export markets dramatically, bringing the drink to countries that often did not have amicable relations with the United States
Edgar Bronfman Sr.
Edgar Miles Bronfman was a Canadian-American businessman and philanthropist. He worked for his family firm, Seagrams, eventually becoming president, treasurer. As President of the World Jewish Congress, Bronfman is especially remembered for initiating diplomacy with the Soviet Union and this resulted in the legitimising of the Hebrew language in Russia, and major steps towards allowing Soviet Jews to practice their own religion and emigrate to Israel. Bronfman was born in Montreal into the Jewish Canadian Bronfman family, sam and Saidye were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who settled and raised their four children in Montreal. Sam and his brother Allan built the family’s first liquor distillery in 1925 near Montreal and they later bought a distillery owned by the Seagram family and incorporated the name. The U. S. subsidiary of the Seagram Company Ltd. opened in 1933, one is Minda de Gunzburg, who married Baron Alain de Gunzburg, a great grandson of Joseph Günzburg. The other is architecture maven Phyllis Lambert, Bronfman also had a younger brother, Charles Bronfman. The Bronfmans kept a home, and the children received religious schooling on weekends. But during the week Edgar and his brother, Charles, were among a handful of Jews sent to private Anglophone schools. Bronfman attended Selwyn House School in Montreal and Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario and he later attended Williams College before transferring and graduating from McGill University with a bachelors degree in commerce in 1951. After graduating from McGill University with a B. A. degree in 1951 he joined the family business, in 1953, he took over as head of Seagrams American subsidiary, Joseph E. He increased the range of products sold by the company, improved distribution, in 1966, Cemp Investments, which managed the familys investments, bought 820,000 shares of MGM and in 1969 Bronfman took over the chairmanship of MGM, albeit briefly. Following his fathers death in 1971, Bronfman took over as president, treasurer and his son Edgar Jr. succeeded him as chief executive officer of the company in 1994. When former World Jewish Congress President Philip Klutznick stepped down in 1979, Bronfman was formally elected President of the World Jewish Congress by the Seventh Plenary Assembly, in January 1981. Together with his deputy Israel Singer, Bronfman led the World Jewish Congress in becoming the preeminent international Jewish organization, Bronfman turned the World Jewish Congress into the preeminent international Jewish organization that it is today. In 1983, Bronfman suggested that American Jews should abandon their strongest weapon, after Mikhail Gorbachevs ascension in 1985, Bronfmans New York Times message began to resonate with the public. Carrying a note from Shimon Peres, Bronfman met with Gorbachev and it is said that Peres note called on the Soviet Union to resume diplomatic relations with Israel. In a Washington Post profile a few months after the September trip and he said, Theres going to be a buildup of pressure through the business community
John Y. Brown Jr.
John Young Brown Jr. is an American politician, entrepreneur, and businessman from the U. S. state of Kentucky. He served as the 55th governor of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, currently single, he has been married three times, the second time to former Miss America Phyllis George. Among his children are news anchor Pamela Ashley Brown and former Secretary of State of Kentucky John Y, the son of a U. S. congressman, Browns talent for business became evident in college, where he made a substantial amount of money selling Encyclopædia Britannica sets. After briefly practicing law with his father, he purchased Kentucky Fried Chicken from founder Harland Sanders in 1964, Brown turned the company into a worldwide success, and sold his interest in the company for a huge profit in 1971. He then invested in other restaurant ventures, but none matched the success of KFC. Despite having previously shown little inclination toward politics, Brown surprised political observers by declaring his candidacy for governor in 1979, with the state and nation facing difficult economic times, Brown promised to run the state government like a business. A strong media campaign funded by his personal fortune allowed him to win the Democratic primary, because he owed few favors to established political leaders, he appointed many successful businesspeople to state posts instead of making political appointments. Following through on his promise to make more diverse appointments, he named a woman. He briefly considered a run for the U. S. Senate after his gubernatorial term and he has continued to invest in business ventures, the most high profile of which was Kenny Rogers Roasters, a wood-roasted chicken restaurant he founded with country music star Kenny Rogers. Brown was born on December 28,1933 in Lexington, Kentucky and he was the only son of the five children born to John Y. and Dorothy Brown. His father was a member of the U. S. Congress from Kentucky, John Sr. was named for, but not related to, the nineteenth century governor of the same name. Brown attended Lafayette High School in Lexington, where he was a letterman in various sports. Motivated by his fathers disapproval, Brown averaged $1,000 in monthly commissions from vacuum cleaner sales, after high school, Brown matriculated to the University of Kentucky, where he earned a bachelors degree in 1957 and a law degree in 1960. While in law school, he made as much as $25,000 a year selling Encyclopædia Britannica sets, Brown joined his fathers law practice after earning his law degree. From 1959 to 1965, he served in the United States Army Reserve. He served as counsel for Paul Hornung when Hornung was suspended for the 1963 National Football League season for gambling. After only a few years, Brown left his fathers law firm, in 1960, Brown married Eleanor Bennett Durall and had three children – John Y. Brown, III, Eleanor Faris, and Sandra Bennett and he got his wife involved in managing a barbecue restaurant, upon seeing its success, he became convinced of the financial potential of the fast food industry
Nolan Kay Bushnell is an American electrical engineer and businessman. He established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheeses Pizza Time Theatre chain, Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. Nolan, who is co-founder and chairman of Brainrush, believes that Brainrush will be his biggest success, Nolan is credited with Bushnells Law, an aphorism about games easy to learn and difficult to master being rewarding. He was one of computer science students of the 1960s who played the historic Spacewar. The University of Utah was heavily involved in computer graphics research, Bushnell worked at Lagoon Amusement Park for many years in high school and college while living in his hometown of Ogden, Utah. He was particularly interested in the arcade games, where theme park customers would have to use skill and luck to ultimately achieve the goal. He liked the concept of getting people curious about the game and he would use his love for games and theme parks to help launch both Atari and Chuck E. Cheeses Pizza-Time Theaters. Bushnells first marriage was to Paula Rochelle Nielson with whom he has 2 children, Bushnells oldest child, Alissa, worked with him at uWink. His second marriage was to Nancy with whom he has 6 children, Bushnell was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but is no longer an active member. A1999 Time article described him as a lapsed Mormon and described him smoking a pipe, the Bushnells now live in Southern California. In June 2008 it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio would portray Bushnell in the film Atari, Bushnell was featured in the documentary film Something Ventured as well as Atari, Game Over. In 1969, Bushnell and colleague Ted Dabney formed Syzygy with the intention of producing a Spacewar clone known as Computer Space, in order to keep the company alive while the machine was being prototyped, the two took on a route servicing broken pinball machines. Dabney built the prototype and Bushnell shopped it around, looking for a manufacturer and they made an agreement with Nutting Associates, a maker of coin-op trivia and shooting games, who produced a fiberglass cabinet for the unit that included a coin-slot mechanism. Computer Space was a failure, though sales exceeded $3 million. Bushnell felt that Nutting Associates had not marketed the game well and they instead incorporated under the name Atari, a reference to a check-like position in the game Go. They rented their first office on Scott Boulevard in Sunnyvale, California, contracted with Bally Manufacturing to create a driving game, Bushnell later bought out Dabney, who was forced out after Nolan told him he would transfer all the assets to another corporation and leave Ted with nothing. After Bushnell attended a Burlingame, California demonstration of the Magnavox Odyssey, Alcorn incorporated many of his own improvements into the game design, such as scoring and sound, and Pong was born. Pong proved to be popular, Atari released a large number of Pong-based arcade games over the next few years as the mainstay of the company
Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, although he left drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, in 2000 he was shot nine times. After Jackson released the compilation album Guess Whos Back. in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre, Jackson became one of the worlds best selling rappers, in 2003, he founded G-Unit Records, signing his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his album, The Massacre. He released his studio album, Animal Ambition, in 2014 and is working on his sixth studio album. He executive produces the show Power, which airs on Starz and he has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave and Righteous Kill. 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper by Billboard. Rolling Stone consider Get Rich or Die Tryin and “In Da Club to be in their lists of “100 Best albums of the 2000s”, Jackson was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, and raised in its South Jamaica neighborhood by his mother, Sabrina. A drug dealer, Sabrina raised Jackson until she died in a fire when Jackson was 8. After his mothers death and his fathers departure Jackson was raised by his grandmother and he began boxing at about age 11, and when he was 14 a neighbor opened a boxing gym for local youth. When I wasnt killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip, during the mid-1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics, I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too. I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like theyre the champ, at age 12, Jackson began dealing narcotics when his grandparents thought he was in after-school programs and brought guns and drug money to school. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School, after I got arrested I stopped hiding it. I was telling my grandmother, I sell drugs, on June 29,1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was arrested three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a camp and earned his GED. He has said that he did not use cocaine himself, Jackson adopted the nickname 50 Cent as a metaphor for change
Panda Express is a fast casual restaurant chain which serves American Chinese cuisine. It is the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States, where it was founded and is mainly located. Panda Express has over 1,900 restaurants, located in 50 U. S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Canada, Mexico, Korea, the company does not offer franchising, all units are company-owned and operated. The chain offers a variety of Chinese-cuisine-inspired dishes, combo meals are served with customers choice of either fried rice, steamed rice, chow mein, or mixed vegetables. No MSG is added to any of the items at Panda Express after it has delivered to the restaurant. Panda Express is headquartered in Rosemead, California, the Panda Express brand is a casual, fast-food variation of corporate sibling and predecessor Panda Inn. The Panda Restaurant Group, parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express, Andrew Cherng and his father are from the Yangzhou region of Chinas Jiangsu province, while Peggy was born in Burma and raised in Hong Kong. Both Andrew and Peggy Cherng are alumni of Baker University in Baldwin City, Andrew Cherng also received his M. S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri. In 1973, when Andrews parents moved to the United States, Andrew went into business with his father and opened their first Panda Inn restaurant in Pasadena, California. At the beginning, business was lacking to the degree that Andrew had to offer special deals, in 1982, Peggy joined Andrew in the restaurant business. While operating Panda Inn, Andrew became acquainted with then-UCLA head football coach Terry Donahue, as well as Terrys brother Dan, a second location was opened two years later at the Westside Pavilion in 1985. The chain has expanded across the United States since then. At first, Panda Express restaurants were found solely in food courts in shopping malls. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Cherngs began experimenting with supermarket-based branches, through a deal with Vons, in 1997, the company opened its first stand-alone, drive-through restaurant, in Hesperia, California. Today less than 2% of its restaurants are in malls, because Peggy had worked for several years as a software designer & engineer for defense contractors like McDonnell Douglas, Panda Express computerized its operations early on. Peggy also brought a systems perspective to the business and worked through the logistics. In 2000, they launched Panda Cares to give back to the community and they provide funding, food and volunteer services to children in need and disaster relief efforts. In 2008, the Cherngs were the recipients of the City of Angels Award, given by the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, on November 23,2009, it was announced that Panda Express had selected Trusonic to provide Asian themed background music to its store locations
Herman Cain is an American author, business executive, radio host, syndicated columnist, and Tea Party activist from Georgia. He was a candidate for the 2012 U. S, Cain grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Cain pursued graduate studies at Purdue University and graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science in 1971, in 1977, he joined Pillsbury Company in Minneapolis where he later became vice president. During the 1980s, his success as an executive at Burger King prompted Pillsbury Company to appoint him as chairman and CEO of Godfathers Pizza. Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989 to 1991 and he was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and chairman, from 1995 to 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In 1995, Cain was appointed by Newt Gingrich to the Kemp Commission, Cain became the CEO of the National Restaurant Association, in which he served as president and CEO from 1996 to 1999. During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Cain publicly opposed the Clinton health care plan of 1993, Cain has served as a member of the board of directors of several companies, including Aquila, Inc. Nabisco, Whirlpool, Readers Digest, and AGCO, in May 2011 Cain announced his presidential candidacy. By the fall, his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him the Republican front-runner, in November, however, his campaign struggled with allegations of sexual misconduct—all denied by Cain—and he announced its suspension on December 3. At the end of 2011, the Pew Research Center reported that, of the Republican candidates, on May 15,2012, Cain endorsed Mitt Romney. Cain has said that as he was growing up, his family was poor, Cain related that his mother taught him about her belief that success was not a function of what you start out with materially, but what you start out with spiritually. His father worked three jobs to own his own home—something he achieved during Cain’s childhood—and to see his two sons graduate. Cain grew up on the west side of Atlanta, Georgia, attending school, eventually Cains father saved enough money and the family moved to a modest brick home on Albert Street in the Collier Heights neighborhood. He attended Archer High School, graduating in 1963, Cain married Gloria Cain, of Atlanta, soon after her graduation from Morris Brown College in 1968. Gloria Cain is a homemaker, with experience as a teacher, the couple have two children and three grandchildren. In 2006 Cain was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in his colon and metastases to his liver, Cain underwent surgery and chemotherapy following the diagnosis, and has since reported that he is in remission. Cain also serves as a minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta. After completing his master’s degree from Purdue, Cain left the Department of the Navy, in 1977, he moved to Minneapolis to join Pillsbury, soon becoming director of business analysis in its restaurant and foods group in 1978
Douglas Anthony Doug Ducey /ˈduːsi/ is an American businessman who is the 23rd and current governor of the U. S. State of Arizona. He is a member of the Republican Party, and was sworn in as governor on January 5,2015, prior to his governorship, he served as the states 42nd treasurer. He is also the first man to serve as Arizona Governor in over 17 years, prior to serving in elected office, Ducey served as the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery before he and his business partner sold the company in 2007. On November 4,2014, Ducey won the election to governor of the State of Arizona. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Ducey moved to Tempe, Arizona in 1982 where he attended Arizona State University, Doug Ducey was born Douglas Anthony Roscoe, Jr. in Toledo, Ohio, where he was raised. He is the son of Madeline Scott and Douglas Roscoe, Sr. a former member of the Toledo Police Department, the younger Roscoes parents divorced, and, in 1975, his mother married businessman Michael Ducey, to whom she remained married until 1981. Michael Ducey adopted Douglas Roscoe, Jr, and his siblings in 1976, Ducey graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. During his 2014 campaign for governor, press accounts revealed that some of Duceys relatives in Toledo, Duceys great-grandfather, Dominic Scott, immigrated from Naples in 1905 and settled in Ohio. These press accounts contained no indication that Ducey has ever been affiliated with these members or involved with any of their activities. After graduating from ASU, he joined Procter & Gamble and began a career in sales, while there, he was trained in management, preparing him for his role as partner and CEO of Cold Stone Creamery. When he and his business partner sold the company in 2007, after the companys sale to Kahala, accusations of franchise mismanagement led to Ducey leaving the organization. He became the lead investor and served as chairman of the board for iMemories from 2008-12, Ducey is a trustee for the Arizona State University Foundation. He currently serves on the board for the Banner Health Foundation and he is also a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds and the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Ducey has served as a past President for both the Arizona chapter of Young Entrepreneurs Organization and the Greater Phoenix Economic Club, Ducey is a former Regional Board Member for Teach for America, and former advisory board member for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Ducey has also served as a member for the Arizona State Charter School Board, Thunderbird Charities, Phoenix Zoo. He is a past member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, CEO Forum and he is a former scholarship board member for the Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix and currently serves on its board of directors. Carey School of Business Hall of Fame in 2004, in 2006 he was awarded the MUFSO Golden Chain Award – the nation’s highest honor for restaurateurs. Also in 2006 he was named a fellow for the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona
Norman E. Brinker
Norman Eugene Brinker was an American restaurateur who was responsible for the creation of new business concepts within the restaurant field, such as the salad bar. He served as president of Jack in the Box, founded Steak and Ale and he was born on June 3,1931. He began his career in the 1960s in Southern California with fast food company Jack in the Box, after leaving the company he founded several chains, including Steak and Ale. With its sale to Pillsbury in 1976, Brinker rose to new heights, at the height of his tenure with Pillsbury he was responsible for the creation or oversaw the operations of such restaurants as Bennigans, Burger King and Häagen-Dazs. It was when he left Pillsbury in 1984 to purchase a small gourmet burger shop called Chilis that Brinker saw his greatest business success, the company eventually became one of the largest restaurant holding companies in the world with 5 chains operating 1900 restaurants in 25 countries. Now known as Brinker International, the company employs over 100,000 people and has system-wide sales exceeding US$4 billion annually. During the 1950s, Brinker engaged in a hectic and busy lifestyle, while stationed in San Diego, California, he chose to attend San Diego State College, now San Diego State University. His marriage, which produced two children, ended in 1969 when she succumbed to ovarian cancer and his 1971—1976 marriage to Margrit Fendt produced two more children. In 1981, Brinker met and later married his wife, Nancy Goodman. They engaged in many Republican causes and fund-raising missions during their time together, the couple was amicably divorced in 2003. He married his wife, Toni Chapman, in March 2003. While Brinker created and donated to charities and foundations over his lifetime. Despite the divorce, Brinker remained with the foundation until the end, after Brinker had graduated from college, he took a job with a small chain of diners in San Diego, California, named Oscars. It was at Jack-in-the-Box that Brinker flourished, helping the business expand across the Southwestern United States, within two years of moving over to the company, he had been elevated to the position of president of the company and amassed a 20% stake in the company. Brinker said of Peterson that Bob Peterson was really my mentor, everything we do here today started back then. Letting ideas rise from below, treating people right—all of that, when Jack in the Box went public in the early 1960s, Brinker sold his interest in the company and moved to Dallas with the intent to open a new business. His first endeavor was a coffee shop he named after himself, the concept was to create a restaurant that catered to the 25- to 44-year-old demographic, a group that was still in the early stages of developing a taste for inexpensive fast food. The shop proved successful, and he sold it two years later, using the proceeds from the sale, he opened a new chain in 1966 with the intent of providing an affordable steak dinner to the middle class
Ronald Wayne Burkle is an American investor and philanthropist. Burkle’s net worth is estimated at $2.9 billion and he was ranked #633 on Forbes list of “The Richest People On The Planet 2014. ”Burkle is a prominent Democratic activist and fundraiser. Ron Burkle was born on November 12,1952, the elder of two sons, to Betty and Joseph Burkle in Pomona, California, Joseph worked seven days a week, managing a Stater Bros. grocery store in Pomona and investing his savings in apartment buildings. To see his father, Burkle stocked shelves in his fathers store with bread, by age 13, Burkle had joined Box Boy Local 770. At age 16, he graduated high school and entered California State Polytechnic University. Less than two years later, Burkle dropped out, at age 21, he married Janet Steeper, a Stater Bros. clerk and great-grandniece of the aviation pioneers, the Wright brothers. They would have three children together, Burkle parlayed a $3,000 investment in American Silver and another metals company into $30,000 and began investing in and flipping undervalued grocery stores. He made at least one deal with the assistance of junk bond financier Michael Milken, Burkle was promoted to store manager at Stater Bros. and later became a vice president at Petrolane, Inc. When he was 29, Petrolane decided to sell Stater Bros, Burkle secretly organized a leveraged buyout with Charles Munger, vice-chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, who agreed to put up half of the equity. Burkle made his bid to Petrolanes board that was 20% lower than Petrolanes internal valuation, the board rejected Burkles offer and fired him. Burkles portfolio was by then worth some $5 million and during the five years he continued to invest in stocks. In 1986, Burkle founded Yucaipa Companies, an equity firm which invests in retail, manufacturing. He has served as chairman of the board and controlling shareholder of companies, including Alliance Entertainment, Golden State Foods, Dominicks, Fred Meyer, Ralphs. He is currently a member of the board of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, KB Home, Burkle is part owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins National Hockey League team, although his current share is unknown. He co-owns the franchise with Penguins legend Mario Lemieux and he has invested in technology startup companies through A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded by Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle. A-Grades investments include SeatGeek, SoundCloud and Airbnb and he has also invested in technology startup companies through Inevitable Venture, a venture capital fund founded by D. A Wallach, and Chris Hollod. Inevitable Venturess investment include Picnic Health, 8i, Thrive Market, Burkle has recently invested in a branded entertainment company, Three Lions Entertainment, which focuses on branded entertainment events and cross platform marketing. Wild Oats Markets was an operator of natural foods stores and farmers markets in North America, Burkle started buying Wild Oats stock in February 2005
Ben Cohen (businessman)
Bennett Ben Cohen is an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of the ice cream company Ben & Jerrys, in his senior year, Cohen found work as an ice cream man before heading off to attend Colgate University upstate. It was during his three years at the Highland Community School that he began experimenting with making his own ice cream, the pair conceived the idea in gym class at Merrick Avenue Middle School. Ben resigned as Chief Executive Officer in 1996, Ben has not been actively involved with the company since the Unilever acquisition in 2000, apart from his membership on the advisory board. Cohen has been described as a hippie or ex-hippie and he is also a noted fan of the Grateful Dead. The Foundation receives 7. 5% of all Ben & Jerrys pre-tax profits, Cohen also oversaw TrueMajority and Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. He is also vocal in his support of Democratic candidates, including Dennis Kucinich for the U. S, Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and John Edwards followed by Barack Obama in 2008 and now Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Primaries and 2016 Presidential Election. Cohen debuted a special ice cream flavor called Bernies Yearning on January 25,2016 out of support for Sanders, Ben & Jerrys released a statement disavowing connection or support for the product, saying This was created by Ben as a citizen. On April 18,2016, Cohen was arrested, with Jerry Greenfield, while at a Democracy Awakening protest in Washington, Ben Cohen was honored by the New York Open Center in 2000 for his leadership in pioneering socially responsible business. Ben Cohen was a US Small Business Person of the Year in 1988