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Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Bob Abt (2015)

    Bob Abt

    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...

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  • Satoru Iwata, 55 (2015)

    Satoru  Iwata

    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...

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  • Burt Shavitz, 80 (2015)

    Burt Shavitz

    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...

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  • Walter Scheib, 61 (1954 - 2015)

    Walter Scheib

    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...

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  • Ralph Roberts, 95 (1920 - 2015)

    Ralph Roberts

    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. He was 95.Comcast said in a statement that Roberts died Thursday night in Philadelphia of natural causes.Roberts jumped into the fledgling cable TV industry in 1963 by spending $500,000 to buy American...

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