Ray Schoenbaum - Founder of Rio Bravo restaurant chain & Rays on the River (in Atlanta). His late dad, Alex, a West Vir. football star, founded Shoneys restaurants. Ray sold Rio Bravo and Rays on the River and came in to rescue the struggling chain which has restaurants throughout the South.
Reuben Mattus - The founder of Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. Haagen-Dazs means absolutely nothing in any language-Scandinavian or otherwise. He thought the Scandanavian name and map of Scandinavia on the container would give the ice cream an exotic, but "clean" catchet. Mattus was a Polish immigrant & peddled his familys ice cream for decades until, in 1959, he hit on the idea of selling their premium ice cream in stores as Haagen-Dazs. Give the world more butterfat and they will flock to your door.
Rose Blumkin - Founder, in 1937, of the Nebraska Merchandise Mart, which has become the largest single furniture store in the country (the store is on a 100 acre campus). She began in a basement. Her motto "sell cheap and tell the truth". Sold the Omaha, NB. store in the 70s for $60 million to Warren Buffet. But remains active. Endowed the Lincoln Performing Arts Ctr. and Jewish Home (both named after her).
CEO of Agriprocessors
Founder of giant British grocery chain Tesco.
founder of Price Club (merged with Costco)
Made Neiman-Marcus the place to shop deep in the heart of Texas.
Founder and Chairman of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers
Founders of GUESS?. The three brothers who founded and run the company come from a Jewish family from Southern France (now in Calif.). Maurice is CEO. Paul is Chief Operating officer, & Armand is Exec. V.P. The Guess Foundation spts. Jewish and secular charities.
Sephardic Jews (Ari, Joe, and Ralph)who founded and own the Jordache Clothing Company.
Manny and Moe, but not Jack. Founders of nationwide auto parts chain which began in Philadelphia. Manny was Emanuel Rosenfeld; Moe was Maurice Strauss; and Jack was W. Graham Jackson (not Jewish). Moes cigar has been banned from recent ads for political correctness.
Mississippi Jewish family that owns the "Stein Mart" chain of discount clothing stores in 24 states. Started by Jake Stein, now run by son, Jay Stein.
Sassoon is a British hair care mogul who began as hairdresser. Has endowed a center for the study of anti-semitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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.