Today’s “Captains of Industry”



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Today’s “Captains of Industry”

Robber Barons in Disguise?
- Use the Internet to research your assigned captain of industry from the current day.  (See the list below)
- Respond to the following questions:
(1) Describe the industry.

(2) How did he/she acquire their wealth?

(3) What are his/her business strategies?

(4) Do they make charitable contributions?  Describe.

(5) Compare/contrast with the captains of industry in the Gilded Age.  Is your person a "captain" or "robber baron"?  (Have they had a postive or negatie impact on society?  Explain.)
- List of today’s “captains”:


  1. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

  2. Warren Buffet (investments)

  3. Sheldon Adelson (hotels/casinos)

  4. Lawrence Ellison (Oracle)

  5. Sergey Brin & Larry Page (Google)

  6. Michael Dell (Dell Computers)

  7. Paul Allen (Microsoft)

  8. The Walton Family (Wal-Mart)

  9. Forrest Mars (candy)

  10. Michael Bloomberg (media)

  11. Philip Knight (Nike)

  12. Pierre Omidyar (eBay)

  13. Rupert Murdoch (Fox)

  14. Jeffrey Bezos (Amazon)

  15. Sumner Redstone (Viacom)

  16. David Geffen (music, movies)

  17. Steven Jobs (Apple)

  18. Ralph Lauren (fashion)

  19. Ty Warner (Beanie Babies)

  20. George Lucas (Star Wars)

  1. Stephen Wynn (hotels/casinos)

  2. Richard Schulze (Best Buy)

  3. Leonard & Ronald Lauder (Estee Lauder)

  4. T. Boone Pickens (oil)

  5. Steven Spielberg (movies)

  6. Donald Trump (real estate)

  7. Mark Cuban (Broadcast.com)

  8. Michael Milken (investments)

  9. Oprah Winfrey (media)

  10. William Hilton (hotels)

  11. Robert E. “Ted” Turner (cable TV)

  12. S. Daniel Abraham (Slim-Fast)

  13. Archie Aldis “Red” Emmerson (lumber)

  14. William Wrigley, Jr. (chewing gum)

  15. Jerry Yang (Yahoo)

  16. Fred DeLuca (Subway)

  17. Jerral Jones (Dallas Cowboys)

  18. Roy Disney (Walt Disney)

  19. George Steinbrenner III (NY Yankees)

  20. Sean “Diddy” Combs (hip-hop impresario)

- Forbes 400 List of Richest Americans:



http://www.forbes.com/lists/2007/54/richlist07_The-400-Richest-Americans_Rank.html
- Compile your research, including your answers to the questions above, in a simple 1-2 page report. [10 points]



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