The Barclay Brothers

David and Frederick Barclay were born 10 minutes apart on October 27, 1934. They are identical twins. They have also been having identical levels of success since they have been business partners for most of their working lives. David and Frederick now referred to as the Barclay brothers were born to Scottish parents in Hammersmith, [...]

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Bernard Marcus: Home Depot Co-Founder

Bernard Marcus was born in 1929 in Newark, New Jersey.  He wanted to become a doctor but could not afford the tuition. Instead he worked for his father as a cabinet maker while schooling at Rutgers University and earned a pharmacy degree. Marcus later worked at a drugstore as a pharmacist but became more curious [...]

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Martha Ingram: On Her Own

Martha Robinson Rivers was born on August 20, 1935 in Charleston, South Carolina. Martha graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston. For her undergraduate degree she studied at Vassar College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1957. While at Vassar she met on a blind date Bronson Ingram and they began dating exclusively. [...]

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Liang Wengen: Construction Machinery Manufacturer

Liang Wengen was born in 1956 to a poor peasant family in Hunan Province, China.  He earned a BA from Central South University. Liang used to work as a manager for a state arms plant. Later he got involved in the construction-equipment industry. His firm SANY Group started in 1989 as a small welding material [...]

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Tamara Gustavson: Self-Storage Heiress

Tamara Hughes Gustavson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in public affairs and is a member of Pi Beta Phi. She then worked for Public Storage and remained an employee for 20 years reaching the position of senior vice president for administration. She joined the board in [...]

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Mark Shoen: U-Haul And Storage

Mark Shoen’s parents L.S. and Anna Mary Shoen founded the do-it-yourself moving company U-Haul. The Shoen family had years of feuding and litigation over control of the company. The Shoens control a majority of AMERCO which is the parent company of U-Haul. L.S. had 13 children from five marriages.  L.S. who died in 1999, gave [...]

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Gustavo Cisneros: Media Mogul

Gustavo Cisneros Rediles was born on November 20, 1945 in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1963 he graduated from Suffield Academy in Connecticut. He earned his college degree in 1968 at Babson College in Massachusetts. His father Diego Cisneros had been doing business in Caracas since 1929 and gained the Pepsi concession for Venezuela in 1940. He [...]

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