Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Bruce Dayton, 97 (1918 - 2015)

    Bruce Dayton

    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 Press. For full obituary and coverage, click here.

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  • Frederick "Fred" DeLuca, 67 (2015)

    Frederick "Fred" DeLuca

    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 anniversary of Subway, which has become the world's biggest restaurant chain by locations. DeLuca decided to open a sandwich shop at the age of 17 to help pay for college after graduating high school....

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  • 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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