Celebrity Deaths in Business

  • Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr. (2015)

    Richard "Dick" Brennan, Sr.

    The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Richard J. "Dick" Brennan Sr., who helped turn Commander's Palace restaurant into a world-famous destination for Creole cuisine and co-founded one of the city's best-loved Mardi Gras organizations, has died at age 83. A publicist for Dickie Brennan & Co., the restaurant group run by his son, said the elder Brennan died Saturday. Richard Brennan...

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  • Robert Benmosche, 70 (1944 - 2015)

    Robert Benmosche

    By MARLEY JAY, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Former AIG President and CEO Robert Benmosche, who led the insurer's turnaround after its $182 billion government bailout, has died of lung cancer at age 70, the company announced Friday.The company says Benmosche died Friday morning at NYU Langone Medical Center.Benmosche became AIG's CEO in August 2009, recruited for the job by the Obama...

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  • Donald Keough (2015)

    Donald Keough

    The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Donald Keough, who helped steer Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s and played a key role in the introduction of New Coke, died Tuesday in Atlanta, according to the company. He was 88.Keough served as the company's president and chief operating officer from 1981 to 1993. He is credited with expanding Coca-Cola into a more global presence and...

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  • Yutaka Katayama, 105 (1909 - 2015)

    Yutaka Katayama

    By YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Yutaka Katayama, a former president of Nissan Motor Co.'s U.S. unit who built the Z sports car into a powerful global brand in the 1970s, has died, his son said Saturday. He was 105.Known as the "father of the Z," Katayama won international respect for the Datsun Z as an affordable sports car at a time when Japan-made products were synonymous...

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  • Michele Ferrero, 89 (1925 - 2015)

    Michele Ferrero

    By NICOLE WINFIELD, The Associated PressROME (AP) — Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. He was 89.Ferrero, who had been ill for several months, died Saturday in Montecarlo where he lived, surrounded by his family, the company said...

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