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January 16, 2012

Donald Schneider, former president and chief executive of trucking family business Schneider National, died on 13 January aged 76.

Donald Schneider, former president and chief executive of trucking family business Schneider National, died on 13 January aged 76.

Schneider, who joined the American transportation company while in high school, had Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement.

November 7, 2011

John Randolph Hearst Jr, grandson of the founder of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation, died on 5 November aged 77.

John Randolph Hearst Jr, grandson of the founder of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation, died on 5 November aged 77.

Hearst, who was a trustee of the family’s foundation and a member of the family business’s board of directors, joined the media group in the 1950s. He began as a photographer for a newspaper owned by Hearst Corporation and later moved on to work within other newspaper divisions of the group.

February 11, 2011

Jean Paul Getty III, grandson of possibly the world’s first billionaire, oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, has died aged 54.

Jean Paul Getty III, grandson of possibly the world's first billionaire, oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, has died aged 54.

Beyond his famous surname, Paul Getty III is best known for being kidnapped in Rome at the age of 16 and held captive for five months before his grandfather, decided to pay the ransom.

January 24, 2011

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Albert Heijn, the man responsible for turning his family's Dutch grocery chain into the international retailing giant Royal Ahold, passed away on 13 January aged 83.

Heijn joined the family business in 1949 as a salesman, working his way up to become chief executive in 1962. The family business traces its roots back to 1887 when Heijn's grandfather started a grocery store in the Netherlands. Today, Ahold is among the biggest retail chains in the country with more than 800 outlets, and owns more than 3,000 supermarkets world-wide.

July 22, 2010

The Irving family, one of Canada’s foremost business families, has been dealt a blow with the death on Wednesday of John E (Jack) Irving, youngest son of revered industrialist KC Irving.

The Irving family, one of Canada's foremost business families, has been dealt a blow with the death on Wednesday of John E (Jack) Irving, youngest son of revered industrialist KC Irving.

The passing of the 78-year-old following a brief illness comes hours after it was confirmed that his nephew Kenneth was taking an indefinite leave of absence from Irving Oil, one of the Irving group of companies, for personal reasons.

March 24, 2010

Harold McGraw Jr, chairman emeritus and former CEO of global information services and education company McGraw-Hill, died this morning at his home. He was 92.

Harold McGraw Jr, chairman emeritus and former CEO of global information services and education company McGraw-Hill, died this morning at his home. He was 92. 

December 5, 2008

The 52-year-old CEO of Swiss private bank Julius Baer has died unexpectedly, it has been announced.

The 52-year-old CEO of Swiss private bank Julius Baer has died unexpectedly, it has been announced. Alex Widmer (pictured), who joined the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and became CEO of Bank Julius Baer just over a year ago, was described as being "the very epitome of a Swiss private banker" in a statement.

September 29, 2008

Newman’s Own, the company started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, who died last Friday, has pledged to continue to donate all profits to charity through the Newman's Own Foundation.

Newman's Own, the company started by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman (pictured), who died last Friday, has pledged to continue to donate all profits to charity through the Newman's Own Foundation.
 
Since it started, Newman's Own has generated over $250 million for thousands of charities worldwide. Its motto, "Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good," was defined by Newman from the moment he founded the business with his friend AE Hotchner in 1982.
 

September 17, 2008

Klaus J Jacobs, head of the entrepreneurial family behind brands such as Adecco, has died in Switzerland aged 71.

Klaus J Jacobs (pictured), head of the entrepreneurial family behind brands such as Adecco, has died in Switzerland aged 71.
 
The German-born billionaire worked for his family's coffee company from 1962 and led the company's ambitious expansion of its European operations in the 1970s.
 
He led the merger of Jacobs with Interfood in 1982, which created Jacobs Suchard, Europe's number one chocolate and coffee enterprise.
 

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