2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Melvin Gordon (2015)

    Melvin Gordon

    By CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Melvin Gordon, who helped turn the enduring popularity of the humble Tootsie Roll into a candy empire, has died. He was 95. The longtime Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. chairman and CEO died Tuesday in Boston after a brief illness, said Brooke Vane, a spokeswoman for the company's public relations firm. Gordon ran the Chicago-based...

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  • Justin Capra , 81 (1933 - 2015)

    Justin  Capra

    ALISON MUTLER, The Associated PressBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of vehicles, calling the modern-day car "a disgrace," has died aged 81.The hospital in the southern city of Ploiesti said Justin Capra died Monday evening. The cause of death was not given but Capra had...

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  • Peter Wallenberg (2015)

    Peter Wallenberg

    By KARL RITTER, The Associated PressSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Peter Wallenberg, the former head of a Swedish financial dynasty sometimes compared to the Rockefellers, has died. He was 88.Wallenberg died Monday at his home on the island of Varmdo, outside Stockholm, the family foundation said in a statement. The cause of death wasn't released.From 1982 to 1997 Wallenberg was chairman of Investor AB, the...

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  • William E. Boeing, Jr. (2015)

    William E. Boeing, Jr.

    By GENE JOHNSON, The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — William E. Boeing Jr., a son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr. who championed and remained fascinated by flight throughout his life, has died at age 92. He died Wednesday night at his home in Seattle, said Mike Bush, a spokesman for The Museum of Flight, which Boeing Jr. helped create. The cause was not immediately known. ...

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  • William Lewis Rudolph (2014)

    William Lewis Rudolph

    The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — William Lewis Rudolph, a former Krispy Kreme vice president who helped to build the company, has died. Rudolph's brother, Vernon Rudolph, opened the first Krispy Kreme in North Carolina in the 1930s. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1Bp5rcJ) the successful business expanded, and the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. was incorporated in 1947....

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