Henry Hassenfeld - Founders of Hassenfeld Brothers toy company, the name of which was later shortened to Hasbro. In the last generation, the company has been run by Stephen and Alan Hassenfeld. The company soared to the heights in the 80s & early 90s and come back down again with Stephens premature death. A fascinating company history, "Toy Wars", chronicles the ups and downs of the company that brought us "GI Joe" & "Mr. Potato Head". The family is noted for its philanthropy.
Irving Robbins - Founders of the famous ice cream chain. Irvings only son, John Robbins, is a devout vegetarian who is opposed to dairy products. He is a "hero" on several veggie sites. Gee, it seems a bit unfair to us--I mean these guys werent exactly arms merchants and their ice cream was (is) kosher when most brands didnt know from kosher.
Kenneth Cole - Cole is a famous shoe designer. Rather than sell from an exhibitor space, he registered the company as a movie production company with NYC officials. He thus got permission to park a forty foot trailer in midtown and sold 40,000 pairs of shoes out of the trailer in a matter of days. Cole has recently been reported to be studying with the orthodox group Aish Ha Torah.
Israeli woman who founded Gottex bathing suits with her husband. She is the main designer & critical to the business end as well.
Pres./Co-CEO of "Bed, Bath and Beyond", the chain of home supplies.
Owner of the Hartz Mountain empire of pet food and supplies.
Founder of the "Limited" chains of clothing stores.
Strauss is a German-Jewish founder of the Levi Strauss Company. The company, which began in San Francisco in the 1850s, made clothes gold miners wanted. His sisters descendants, the "Haas" family, still control the company.
Georgia-based businessman and politican who seems to be a mensch. His family was poor. He started the "Great American Cookie Company" with $8,000 and turned it into a 100M. dollar company. Stepped down as CEO, in 96, to challenge Newt Gingrich for his House seat (lost). In 98, he almost won when he ran for the Senate. He is a world class bicyclist & Georgias philantropist of the year in 1996.
Born Meyer Thompson in England. Emigrant to Canada and then the US. Creator of one of the first sucessful automated bagel making machines. The Thompson Bagel Machine Manufacturing Company is now being run by the third generation.
One of the first Jewish CEOs of a Fortune 500 company when he was selected Chairman and CEO of Supervalu, the worlds largest wholesale grocer company, in 1969. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1976. He was an active participant on many business, academic, and social organization boards including Boy Scouts of America, Hebrew Union College (Cincy), and others. Born and raised in Lexington, MA.
The "Nathan" of "Nathans Frankfurters". Brought good quality beef franks to the American palate. A Coney Island institution.
Took over Macys in the 19th C. and made it a major chain. So, in the movie Miracle on 34th Street--Mr. Macy should have been Mr. Straus.
is a Jewish, Hungarian American economist and was the 37th Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Barack Obama.
Citroën was a French industrialist. He is remembered chiefly for the make of car named after him, but also for his application of double helical gears.
Siegel was active during the 1910s until the 1940s. New York mobster associated with Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello and Charles Lucky Luciano during Prohibition. Credited for the creation of syndicate casinos in Las Vegas during the 1940s.
Zwerbach was active during the 1890s-1900s. New York gangster and head of the Eastman Gang after the arrest of Monk Eastman in 1904. Engaging in a feud with the Five Points Gang, he and his bodyguard were gunned down by Louie the Lump at Coney Island in 1908.
Founder and long-time President of the American Federation of Labor. Focused Amer. Labors efforts on bread and butter; not politics (for good or for bad). When asked what Amer. Labor wants, Gompers said they want more.
Feldman was an American civil rights activist, educator and labor leader who served as president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) from 1997 to 2004.
Abe Reles, known as Kid Twist, was active from 1921-1940. He was one of the most feared hitmen of Murder Incorporated during the 1930s, he later became a government witness and was responsible for sending many of his former partners to the electric chair. Relse died under suspicious circumstances while in protective custody in 1941.
Active during the 1920s-1930s. New York mobster and enforcer for labor racketeer Nathan Kaplan, and later Louis Buchalter and Jacob Shapiro during the 1920s and 30s.
Tannenbaum was an active gangster during the 1920s until the 1950s. He was the enforcer and hitman for Lepke Buchalter during the 1920s and 30s. As member of Murder Inc., he was responsible for the 1939 murder of Harry Greenberg.
Lepke was an active mobster during the 1910s until the1940s. New York labor racketeer who dominated the Lower East Side with Jacob Shapiro during the 1920s and 30s. Later headed Murder Inc. and was eventually sent to the electric chair at Sing Sing for his role in the organization. He is the only major mobster to be executed by the state.