Bowes made up for his lack of formal education with savvy salesmanship
Ranked 94 in the 2021 Fortune 500
Albert Butz invented the thermostat, which created a whole new industry.
TIAA and United States Steel
Ranked 79 and 310 in the 2021 Fortune 500
Andrew Carnegie’s steel company produced more metal than all of Great Britain in 1900.
International Paper and Veritiv
Ranked 141 and 439 in the 2021 Fortune 500
Under Hugh Chisholm’s leadership, International Paper controlled 60 percent of the American newsprint market.
DuPont de Nemours
Ranked 144 in the 2021 Fortune 500
DuPont was an early “transnational” business relying on knowledge, equipment and capital raised in France.
Helen Greiner’s love of robots started with R2D2 in Star Wars.
Ranked 181 in the 2021 Fortune 500
Emerson sold the first electric fans in America, invented by two orphans from Scotland.
Ranked 220 in the 2021 Fortune 500
John Pitcairn Jr. dropped out of school at age 14 and went on to create an industrial giant, PPG Industries.
Ranked 38 in the 2021 Fortune 500
Elihu Thomson was a multifaceted scientist, inventor and engineer who held nearly 700 patents.
Ranked 387 in the 2021 Fortune 500
The New York Times credited Weyerhäuser’s incredible success to “German regularity, caution, thrift, industry and perseverance.”