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Beyoncé

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter ( bee-YON-say; born September 4, 1981)[4] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. During Destiny's Child's hiatus, Beyoncé made her theatrical film debut with a role in the US box-office number-one Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and recorded her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It also featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy". Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day, which contained the US number-one single "Irreplaceable", as well as the UK number-one singles "Déjà Vu" and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé continued her acting career with starring roles in The Pin

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Daniel Baker (businessman)

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Daniel Baker (businessman)

Daniel Baker is the founder and CEO of FlightAware, a worldwide flight data and tracking company. In the 1990s, he was a principal of distributed.net, which pioneered Internet distributed computing. Baker was the head of the systems department at NeoSoft, the first Internet provider in Texas during the early 1990s. He was also a founder and Vice President of Superconnect, an enterprise cable/telecom monitoring software company. FlightAware Baker started FlightAware in 2005 with no outside investments and the business produced over a million dollars of revenue in the first 18 months.[1] Other projects Daniel Baker authored for Macmillan Computer Publishing's TCP/IP Unleashed book, published in 1999.[2] He was also the founder of the I Travel, You Travel community and network,[3] which was sold to a social networking company for an undisclosed sum in 2006.[4] Baker is a member of the Board of Directors of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Spa

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Scott Duncan (businessman)

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Scott Duncan (businessman)

Scott Daniel Duncan (born 1983), is an American billionaire heir to the Duncan family fortune (through Enterprise Products, which remains under family control). Early life Scott Duncan was born in 1983, the son of Billie and Dan Duncan, the co-founder of Enterprise Products. Scott's mother died when he was five years old and his father re-married Jan Ellis Duncan when he was six.[2][3] Career Duncan is an investor. He inherited $3.1 billion upon the death of his father along with each of his sisters inheriting the same share.[4] Due to an elimination of the estate tax for the year 2010, Duncan became the first American billionaire to pay no estate tax since its enactment.[5] According to 2018 Forbes 400, Duncan is worth $6.2 billion, and is one of the youngest billionaires in the US.[6] Personal life He lives in Houston.[1] References "Forbes profile: Scott Duncan". Forbes. Retrieved 25 May 2019. Ackerman, Todd (2006-04-09). "Houston's richest man raises his profile". Houston Chronicle. Retrieve

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Chamillionaire

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Chamillionaire

Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire ,[1] is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas.[2] He began his career independently with local releases in 2002, including the collaborative album Get Ya Mind Correct with fellow Houston rapper and childhood friend Paul Wall. He signed to Universal Records in 2005 and released The Sound of Revenge under Universal. It included hit singles "Turn It Up" featuring Lil' Flip and the number-one, Grammy-winning hit "Ridin'" featuring Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Ultimate Victory followed in 2007, which was notable for not containing any profanity.[3] Chamillionaire is also known for his most anticipated Mixtape Messiah series, which ran from 2004 until 2009.[4] He currently serves as the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the founder and an original member of the Color Changin' Click until the group split in 2005. In early 2011, he left Universal Records, which led to

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Lauren Bush

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Lauren Bush

Lauren Pierce Bush (born June 25, 1984) is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also known for her previous career as a fashion model and designer.[1] She is a daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush (née Smith), a granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Early life June 25, 1984, Bush was born as Lauren Pierce Bush in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Houston, Texas.[3] She attended high school at Kinkaid School in Houston, as did her sister Ashley and brother Pierce. In her senior year at Kinkaid, she interned for the NBC television show Friends.[4] She was a debutante, making her formal debut in a Dior haute couture gown at le Bal des débutantes in Paris, France in 2000.[5] Education Bush studied fashion design at BEBE and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in anthropology and a certificate in photography.[6] She was a member of Th

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Ken Bohan

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Ken Bohan

Kenneth J. Bohan is an American recruiting executive. He is best known as founder of The Liberty Group, a Texas-based staffing and recruiting firm. Bohan is a sitting member of the City of Houston Planning Commission who was appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and unanimously approved by the City Council. Bohan is also the recipient of multiple lifetime achievement awards from the personnel and apartment industries. Early life Bohan was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is the only child of Cecilia (Laufersweiler) Bohan, a dietician and stay-at-home mother, and Kenneth E. Bohan, a pediatrician.[1] Bohan attended parochial schools John Carroll Elementary and Bishop McGuinness High before enrolling at Washington University. As a sophomore, Bohan transferred to Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma), where he received a B.S. degree. Early career Bohan worked in a funeral home for six months before asking a college friend for help finding a job in property manage

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Hilary Duff

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Hilary Duff

Hilary Erhard Duff (born September 28, 1987) is an American actress, businesswoman, singer, songwriter, producer, and writer. Duff began her acting career at a young age and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the title character of the hit television series Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004) and in the theatrical film based on the series, The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003). Thereafter, Duff appeared in numerous films, with leading roles in Agent Cody Banks (2003), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (2005). After experiencing commercial and critical failure in Material Girls (2006), Duff began appearing in independent films such as War, Inc. (2008), According to Greta (2009), and The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019). She was also an executive producer on the latter two films. Since 2015, she has starred as Kelsey Peters on the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger, for which she has received nominations for People's Choice Awards in 2016 and 2017. Duff first came to promine

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Ghulam Bombaywala

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Ghulam Bombaywala

Ghulam Mohammed "Bombay" Bombaywala is a Pakistani-American restaurateur in Houston.[1] In 1999, Magaret L. Briggs of the Houston Press wrote that Bombaywala was "well-known" and "perhaps most famous for sharing his rags-to-riches tale with Oprah's audience".[2] In 2006 Edward Hegstrom of the Houston Chronicle wrote "Bombaywala's rise to success is practically legend in Houston."[3] Early life Bombaywala was born and raised in Karachi. His family name originated from India, where his parents came from.[4] He attended primary and secondary school in Karachi, first going to the Unique English School, then Church Mission School (CMS), then the Government National College, where he got an intermediate school diploma or an "Inter".[5] Career 1970s and 1980s Michelangelo's, which Bombaywala acquired At age 17,[4] in 1973 he arrived in Houston on a student visa. On arrival, he had fewer than $50 ($287.97 according to inflation) in cash.[3] That year he began studying at South Texas Junior College.[6][1][5] A

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Percy Creuzot

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Percy Creuzot

Percy Pennington "Frenchy" Creuzot Jr. (May 28, 1924 – June 6, 2010) was a restaurateur who founded Frenchy's Chicken in Houston, Texas.[1] Due to his success, he became known as "the black Colonel Sanders."[2] Life and business On May 28, 1924, Creuzot was born in New Orleans. His father, Dr. Percy P. Creuzot Sr., was a doctor. Creuzot Jr. served in the United States Navy in World War II and received an honorable discharge in 1946. In 1949 he graduated from the Hampton Institute, now known as Hampton University. In the 1950s he worked as an insurance agent.[1] Creuzot stated he was losing money selling insurance, so he moved to Houston.[2] In Houston Creuzot initially wanted to establish a Louisiana-style sausage business, but he found that it would be more costly than he originally believed because the Texas and federal authorities had increased regulations on those types of businesses.[2] He arrived in Houston in 1965.[3] Herff-Jones Jewelry,[1] an Indiana-based manufacturing company of high school gra

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M.J. Khan

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M.J. Khan

Masrur Javed "M.J." Khan (born May 1, 1950) is a Pakistani American and former Houston City Council member.[1] Khan, born in Pakistan,[2] arrived in the United States in 1976 to attend the University of Illinois. From there he received a master's degree in engineering. He had lived in New York for a period and had plans to settle in New Jersey. Khan's wife, cardiologist Dr. Attiya Khan, was offered a fellowship in Houston. He arrived in Houston in 1980, and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rice University. Khan became a U.S. citizen in 1985.[1] Khan became an owner of gas stations and a real estate developer. He sat on the board of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) and once served as president of the Pakistan Association of Greater Houston (PAGH). In 2003 he was elected to the District F post of the Houston City Council, gaining 53.2% of the vote against Terry McConn. This made him the first Muslim on city council.[1] The turnout was higher in this election for Dist

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Howard Hughes

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Howard Hughes

Howard Robard Hughes Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate, investor, record-setting pilot, engineer,[4] film director, and philanthropist, known during his lifetime as one of the most financially successful individuals in the world. He first became prominent as a film producer, and then as an influential figure in the aviation industry. Later in life, he became known for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle – oddities that were caused in part by a worsening obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), chronic pain from a near-fatal plane crash and increasing deafness. As a film tycoon, Hughes gained fame in Hollywood beginning in the late 1920s, when he produced big-budget and often controversial films such as The Racket (1928),[5] Hell's Angels (1930),[6] and Scarface (1932). Later he controlled the RKO film studio. Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, hiring numerous engineers and designers. He spent the rest of the 1930s and much of the 1940s setting mu

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John B. Poindexter

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John B. Poindexter

John B. Poindexter is an American businessman and former soldier. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc. and owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch.[1] Early life and education Poindexter was born in Houston, Texas.[1] He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honors.[1] After several years' military service, he entered New York University, where an MBA in 1971 was followed by a Ph.D in Economics and Finance in 1976.[1][2] Military service and aftermath Poindexter joined OCS in 1967 and graduated that July. After three years with L Troop of the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer in Germany, and then Troop Commander in Fort Lewis, WA), he joined the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam in 1970. Initially serving as Commander of Headquarters Troop, he was then appointed as Commander of 1st Squadron's A Troop.[3][4] On March 26, 1970, the h

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Jim Goode

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Jim Goode

Goode Company Barbecue Goode Company Taqueria Goode Company Armadillo Place James Douglas Goode (April 15, 1944 – February 2, 2016) was the owner of the Goode Company restaurant group in Houston, Texas.[1] As of 2012 there are four different restaurant styles and a total of seven locations.[2] His restaurant group includes Goode Company Barbecue; Goode Company Taqueria, which serves Mexican food and hamburgers; Goode Company Seafood, a sit-down seafood restaurant; and a chicken fried steak restaurant and live music venue, Armadillo's. Four restaurants are located together on Kirby Drive. Author Robb Walsh described Goode as "an all-around expert on Texas cookery" who operated "one of the top barbecue pits in Texas".[3] In 2012 Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle wrote that the family name Goode "is synonymous with Texas food and Bayou City hospitality."[2] Early life Goode was born and raised in Velasco, Texas. A fourth-generation Texan who was about 75% Mexican origin, his parents were previously

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Gerald D. Hines

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Gerald D. Hines

Gerald D. Hines (born 1925)[2] is the founder and chairman of Hines, a privately held real estate firm with its headquarters located in Houston, Texas. Early life and education Hines was born in 1925 in Gary, Indiana.[3] His parents moved to Gary from Nova Scotia in 1923. Hines is descended from British loyalists who fought in the Revolutionary War.[4] In 1948,[3] he graduated with a bachelor in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.[5] Career Williams Tower in Houston. Shortly after moving to Houston in 1948, he formed an engineering partnership and started a fledgling real estate business on the side. In 1957 he formed Gerald D. Hines Interests, whose early projects were warehouses and small office buildings. His first large-scale commercial development came in 1967 when Shell Oil Company hired Hines to construct a new downtown Houston headquarters. The Galleria; Pennzoil Place; Transco Tower (now Williams Tower); and more than 400 other major buildings followed.[6] He founded Hines in 1967.

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Ninfa Laurenzo

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Ninfa Laurenzo

Original Ninfa's on Navigation Boulevard Maria Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo[1] (nicknamed Mama Ninfa,[2] May 11, 1924 – June 17, 2001), born with the family name Rodriguez,[3] was a restaurateur from Houston, Texas who founded the restaurant Ninfa's. Laurenzo started out running a single taco stand in Houston, Texas.[4] History Early history Ninfa Rodriguez, a Mexican American Catholic,[5] was born on May 11, 1924 in Harlingen, Texas.[5][3] Rodriguez, one of twelve brothers and sisters,[3] was raised in Harlingen. She graduated from Henrietta M. King High School in Kingsville and Durhan Business School in Harlingen. Rodriguez's father grew crops in a patch of farmland in the Rio Grande Valley.[5] In 1945 she visited her twin sister,[5] Pilar Di Meo,[3] in Providence, Rhode Island. During her visit, she met Domenic Thomas Laurenzo,[5] a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3] Laurenzo, a native of Rhode Island, was of Italian descent. Rodriguez, who had nicknamed Domenic Laurenzo "D.T.," marr

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Felix Tijerina

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Felix Tijerina

The former location of the final Felix Mexican Restaurant operation Felix Tijerina historical marker Felix Tijerina (1905–1965) was a Mexican-American restaurateur, activist, and philanthropist in Houston, Texas. History Tijerina was born in General Escobedo, Nuevo León, Mexico;[1] He had claimed to have been born in Sugar Land, Texas.[2] In 1918 he became a busboy at the Original Mexican Restaurant, the first Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston. Tijerina taught himself English and became a friend and associate of the owner of the restaurant. Tijerina became the manager of the restaurant, located in what is now downtown Houston.[3] Tijerina opened his own restaurant in 1929. In a fashion similar to his mentors, Tijerina described his restaurant's food as authentic, but catered the food to the tastes of white Americans. The Great Depression forced the closure of his first restaurant.[4] Tijerina became a beer truck driver. His wife, Janie, gambled on a horse and won, allowing the family to start the restauran

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William Marsh Rice

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William Marsh Rice

William Marsh Rice (March 14, 1816 – September 23, 1900) was an American businessman who bequeathed his fortune to found Rice University in Houston, Texas. Biography Rice was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, the third of ten children of David and Patty (née Hall) Rice. His first job was as a grocery store clerk in Springfield, at the age of 15. By age 22, he had purchased the store from its owner. In 1838, Rice traveled to Texas in search of new business opportunities. Unfortunately, all the merchandise from his store was lost at sea, and Rice was forced to start anew in Houston as a clerk. He soon set up the Rice and Nichols general store with his business partner Ebenezer Nichols.[1] This business was the foundation for what would later become William M. Rice and Company.[2] Rice made his fortune by investing in land, real estate, lumber, railroads, cotton, and other prospects in Texas and Louisiana. In 1860, his total property, which included fifteen slaves, was worth $750,000.[1] He invested in busi

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Tila Tequila

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Tila Tequila

"Paralyze (song)" redirects here. For the song by Finger Eleven, see Paralyzer. Nguyễn Thị Thiên Thanh[2] (born October 24, 1981),[3] better known by her stage names Tila Tequila, Tila Nguyen, Miss Tila and Tornado Thien, is an American television and social media personality. She first gained recognition for her active presence on social networking websites. After becoming the most popular person on Myspace,[4] Tequila was offered the opportunity to star in her own reality television series. Her bisexual-themed dating show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila (2007), aired for two seasons and became MTV's second highest-rated series premiere of that year. Born in Singapore and raised in Houston, Texas, Tequila moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to pursue her modeling career. After being featured in numerous men's magazines (including Playboy, Stuff and Maxim), she made her reality television debut on the VH1 show Surviving Nugent (2003). Besides her career in modeling and television, Tequila also pursued her car

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Carter Walker Wesley

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Carter Walker Wesley

Carter Walker Wesley (April 29, 1892 – November 10, 1969) was an African-American lawyer, newspaperman and political activist.[1] Personal life Carter Walker Wesley was born in 1892 in Houston, Texas. He grew up in the city's first and most successful black neighborhood, Freedmen's Town. Shortly after completing high school, Carter moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated magna cum laude in 1917 from Fisk University.[2] Taking inspiration from W. E. B. Du Bois and other black leaders and writers, Wesley joined the NAACP and started a career in law. Soon after graduation, World War I started and interrupted his plans. He enrolled in a black officer's training camp at Fort Des Moines in Iowa, and eventually was commissioned as a first lieutenant. Wesley had three children and was married to Dorris Wooten. After a career as a lawyer and newspaper publisher, he died in Houston on November 10, 1969, aged 77, and was buried in Paradise Cemetery (North), in Houston, Texas.[1] Military career During World W

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Ingrid Burley

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Ingrid Burley

Ingrid Burley (born December 19, 1986), known professionally as Ingrid (formerly IB3), is an American singer, rapper and songwriter. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Burley's mother was close to Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles, who signed Burley to his record label, Music World, when she was an upcoming rap artist. She began her career at age 11, as part of Trio, which was managed by Knowles.[1][2] Burley became notable for her songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which involved her recording demos for artists such as Beyoncé. in 2013, Burley contributed vocals to the song "Blow", from Beyoncé's self-titled album. Burley also worked on Beyoncé's following album, writing the song "Love Drought" for the album Lemonade.[3] In 2015, Burley announced that she had signed a contract with Beyoncé's record label, Parkwood Entertainment, alongside Chloe x Halle and Sophie Beem. Burley released her debut EP under the record label on June 17, 2016, entitled Trill Feels.[4] Discography Extended plays Li

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Carl E. Reichardt

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Carl E. Reichardt

Carl Edwin Reichardt Jr. (July 6, 1931 – July 13, 2017) was an American banking executive and Chief Executive Officer of Wells Fargo Bank. He was president of Wells Fargo & Company from 1978 to 1983 and then chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors until the end of 1994.[1][2] Reichardt received his BA degree in economics from the University of Southern California in 1956. In his banking career he joined Wells Fargo in 1970,[1] rising to the post of president in 1978.[3][4] He was also named chief operating officer in 1981. In January 1983 he succeeded Richard P. Cooley as chairman and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo.[5] Reichardt relinquished the office of president to Paul Hazen in 1994. Together they guided the bank through the mergers with Crocker National Corporation in 1986 and Barclays Bank of California in 1988 and the recession of the early 1990s. In 1998, Reichardt retired from the board of directors of Wells Fargo. He was a director of Ford Motor Company from 1

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Meredith Attwell Baker

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Meredith Attwell Baker

Meredith Attwell Baker is the president and chief executive officer of CTIA, an industry trade group that represents the international wireless telecommunications industry. From 2009 to 2011, Baker was a member of the United States Federal Communications Commission, nominated by U.S. President Barack H. Obama. She also served in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration as a political appointee, and was subsequently named a deputy assistant secretary of the Commerce Department by President George W. Bush in February 2007.[1] Early life and education Baker is a native of Houston, Texas.[2] Her father, Kirby Attwell, was president of Lincoln Liberty Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Lincoln Consolidated, at which he worked with the late former Texas Democratic U. S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen. Her great-great grandfather was Isaac Van Zandt, a political leader in the Republic of Texas. The Attwells have had long-standing friendships with the Baker and Bush political families. She is a daughter-i

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Woodrow Wilson Mann

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Woodrow Wilson Mann

Woodrow Wilson Mann (November 13, 1916 – August 6, 2002) was an American politician who was the mayor of the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1956 to 1957. A Little Rock native, Mann attended the University of Illinois and fought in World War II with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a member of the staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz. Upon his return to the United States, he established an insurance agency.[1] A Democrat, Mann unseated Mayor Pratt C. Remmel, a two-term Republican, in the 1955 municipal election and took office on January 1, 1956. The Little Rock Nine school desegregation case occurred near the end of Mann's term as mayor in 1957. Outraged by Governor Orval Faubus' order that National Guard troops block the entrance of the students at Little Rock Central High School, Mann sent a telegram to President Dwight D. Eisenhower to request federal troops. Eisenhower soon authorized the troops. After his term as mayor, Mann moved in 1960 to Houston, Texas, wh

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Slim Thug

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Slim Thug

Stayve Jerome Thomas (born September 8, 1980),[1] better known by his stage name Slim Thug, is an American rapper. He gained mainstream attention for his contribution to the hit single by rapper Mike Jones, "Still Tippin'". Early life Slim Thug grew up in Houston's Northside neighborhood of Scenic Woods. At age 17, he performed freestyle raps at local high school parties. He began his rap career with Swishahouse in the late 1990s. After realizing how much money he could make distributing his own mixtapes, he parted ways with Swishahouse on good terms and formed his own independent label, Boss Hogg Outlawz.[2] Thomas bought two record stores and worked in real estate.[1] Music career Already Platinum (2005–08) Slim Thug's big debut album with Star Trak Entertainment & Interscope Records, Already Platinum, was released in July 2005 after many delays.[1] It premiered on #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and sold 130,000 copies in its first week.[3] Singles included "3 Kings" (featuring T.I. and Bun B

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Elizabeth Holmes

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Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Anne Holmes (born February 3, 1984)[2] is an American businesswoman who founded and was the CEO of Theranos, a now-defunct health technology company that soared in valuation because it claimed to have revolutionized blood testing using surprisingly small volumes of blood, such as from a fingerprick, and claimed to be able to perform these tests very rapidly using small automated devices that it had developed.[3][4] By 2015, Forbes had named Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America, on the basis of a $9 billion valuation of her company.[5] In the following year, following revelations of potential fraud about its claims, Forbes had revised its published estimate of her net worth to zero,[6] and Fortune had named Holmes one of the "World's Most Disappointing Leaders".[7] The decline of Theranos began in 2015, when a series of journalistic and regulatory investigations revealed doubts about the company's technology claims and whether Holmes had misled investors and the

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Judy Jolley Mohraz

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Judy Jolley Mohraz

Judy Jolley Mohraz (born 1943) is an American women's studies historian. She is a former president of Goucher College and the inaugural chief executive officer and president of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Mohraz is the second woman to serve as Goucher's president and the college's ninth president. Mohraz was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors in 1996. She is a former long-time professor and associate provost of Southern Methodist University. Mohraz is the author of The Separate Problem, a collection of case studies of Black education in the Northern United States from 1900-1930. Early life and education Mohraz was born Judy Mae Jolley Rosenbaum in Houston and raised in Waco, Texas in "an education-oriented family."[1][2] She is the daughter of Mae Jolley (née Jackson) who was an English teacher and graduate of Baylor University.[3][4] Her grandmother and two of her aunts were also teachers.[2] Mohraz cites not making the junior high cheerlead

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Richard Yoo

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Richard Yoo

Richard Yoo is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder and former CEO of the web hosting company Rackspace, and the founder and former CEO of web hosting company ServerBeach. Education Born in Houston, Texas, Yoo graduated from Alief Hastings High School in Houston and attended Trinity University as a pre-med student in San Antonio, Texas.[1] Although he did not graduate from Trinity, he operates as an advisor to the university's computer science department.[2] Richard Yoo has attended the TED conference in California.[3] Career Cymitar Network Systems was Yoo's first start-up. The small Internet service provider was launched in 1996 and was run out of his garage apartment while attending college.[4][5] From there, Yoo continued his entrepreneurial endeavors and co-founded Rackspace in 1998[6][7][8] and initially operated as its CEO.[9] In 2003, Yoo was recognized with San Antonio Business Journal’s Annual 40 Under 40 Award.[10] The following year, he founded ServerBeach.[11][12] Today, Yoo is an acti

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Bob McNair

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Bob McNair

Robert C. McNair (January 1, 1937 – November 23, 2018) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Houston Texans. Early life and education McNair grew up in Forest City, North Carolina,[4] a town of about 7,500 in the foothills of western North Carolina.[5] He graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he was initiated into the Sigma Chi Fraternity.[6] He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree.[4] His wife, Janice, attended nearby Columbia College.[7] Professional career The McNairs were residents of Houston, Texas beginning in 1960. He spent most of his 20s and 30s as a struggling salesman and unsuccessful entrepreneur whose businesses all failed. He eventually broke through to success when he founded the cogeneration company Cogen Technologies, which he sold in 1999 to Enron and CalPERS. At the time of his death, McNair retained ownership of power plants in New York and West Virginia. McNair served as chairman a

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Karol J. Bobko

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Karol J. Bobko

Karol Joseph "Bo" Bobko (born December 23, 1937), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and a former USAF and NASA astronaut. Bobko was the first graduate of the US Air Force Academy to travel in space. [1] Biography Early life and education Bobko was born on December 23, 1937, in Queens, New York[2] to a family with Polish and Lithuanian roots.[3][4][5] He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, New York, in 1955, then received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy in 1959, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.[6] Military service Bobko was a member of the first graduating class of the U.S. Air Force Academy.[7] Subsequent to receiving his commission and navigator rating, he attended pilot training at Bartow Air Base, Florida, and Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He completed his flight training and received his pilot wings in 1960.[3] Fr

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James R. Bath

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James R. Bath

James Reynolds Bath (born August 18, 1936) is a Texas businessman who has business interests in aircraft sales and leasing and real estate. He is best known for his business relationships with Saudi businessmen Salem bin Laden and Khalid bin Mahfouz. Biography Bath was born in 1936 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In 1965, he moved to Houston, where he became an aircraft broker.[1] In 1975, Bath met Salem bin Laden when bin Laden was interested in purchasing a used aircraft.[2] Salem bin Laden was the son of Mohammed bin Laden, founder of the Saudi Binladin Group, one of the largest construction companies in the world.[3] Through this acquaintance, Bath eventually became bin Laden's business representative in the United States, representing him in a number of business deals, including real estate, aircraft services, and banking. Through bin Laden, Bath also met Khalid bin Mahfouz, the son of Salem Bin Mahfouz, founder of National Commercial Bank, now the largest bank in Saudi Arabia, and for a time represented

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Nicolás Kanellos

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Nicolás Kanellos

Nicolás Kanellos (born January 31, 1945 in New York City, New York) is founder and director of Arte Público Press,[1] the oldest and largest Hispanic publishing house, as well as Revista Chicana-Riqueña, the first Hispanic literary magazine which later became The Amerícas Review. He is the Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic studies at the University of Houston.[2] Biography Nicolás Kanellos was born on January 31, 1945 in New York City, New York to Puerto Rican and Greek parents.[3] He grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, near a commercial book bindery. His aunt, Providencia Garcia, developed the Latin division of one of the largest Latin music publishers in the world, and was a significant influence on him. Kanellos earned a B.A. in Spanish literature in 1966 from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an M.A. in Romance languages from UT Austin in 1968 before earning his doctorate in 1974[4] in Austin as well. He taught Hispanic literature at Indiana University from 1971 until 1979, when he began teaching

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Homa J. Porter

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Homa J. Porter

Homa Jackson Porter, usually known as H. J. Porter or Jack Porter (February 21, 1896 - December 7, 1986) was a Texas businessman and political activist. A key figure in building a competitive Republican Party in his home state after a century of Democratic dominance, Porter was best known as Lyndon Johnson's general election opponent in the 1948 contest for a seat in the United States Senate. Early life Homa J. Porter was born in Annetta, Texas on February 21, 1896, the last of seven children born to James Ewing Porter and Isabella Lavonia (Turner) Porter.[1][2] He was raised on his family's cotton and corn farm and in Weatherford, Texas.[1] He worked as a road master's clerk for the Texas and Pacific Railway while attending high school and after graduating he was employed at the Byars State Bank of Byars, Oklahoma, which was owned by a relative.[1][2] Porter served as a private in the United States Army during World War I, and was assigned to clerical duties at the Quartermaster Officers Training School a

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Richard W. Dowling

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Richard W. Dowling

Richard William "Dick" Dowling (baptized 14 January 1837 – September 23, 1867) was an officer in the Texas Military Forces who achieved distinction as commander at the Second Battle of Sabine Pass, the most one-sided Confederate victory during the American Civil War.[1] It is considered the "Thermopylae of the Confederacy" and prevented Texas from being conquered by the Union.[1] For his actions, Dowling was conferred the Davis Guard Medal (the only military decoration issued by the Confederacy), Confederate Medal of Honor, Southern Cross of Honor, and inducted to the Confederate Roll of Honor. Over a dozen memorials have been dedicated in his honor.[1][2] Biography Dowling was born in the townland of Knockballyvishteal, Milltown, County Galway, Ireland in January 1837,[3] the second of eight children, born to tenant farmer Patrick and Bridget Dowling (née Qualter). Following eviction of his family from their home in 1845, the first year of the Great Famine, nine-year-old Dowling left Ireland with his older

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Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos

Jeffrey Preston Bezos ([a][3] né Jorgensen; born January 12, 1964) is an American internet and aerospace entrepreneur, media proprietor, and investor. He is best known as the founder, chief executive officer, and president of Amazon. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, Bezos was named the "richest man in modern history" after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.[4] In September 2018, Forbes described him as "far richer than anyone else on the planet" as he added $1.8 billion to his net worth when Amazon became the second company in history to reach a market cap of $1 trillion. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994. He founded the online retailer Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an onli

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George R. Roberts

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George R. Roberts

George R. Roberts (born 1944) is an American billionaire financier. He is one of the three original partners of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, which he co-founded alongside Jerome Kohlberg and first cousin Henry Kravis in 1976. Early life George Roberts was born into a Jewish[2] family in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1962 and received that institution's "Man of the Year" Award in 1998. He attended Claremont McKenna College, graduating in 1966, and the University of California's Hastings College of the Law, graduating in 1969.[3] Career Roberts worked for Bear Stearns in the late 1960s and early 1970s becoming a partner at the age of 29.[2] While at Bear Stearns, Roberts, alongside Kohlberg and Kravis, began a series of what they described as "bootstrap" investments. Their acquisition of Orkin Exterminating Company in 1964 is among the first significant leveraged buyout transactions. In the following years the three Bear Stearns bankers would complete a series of buyouts including

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Jan Swartz

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Jan Swartz

Jan G. Swartz is an American businesswoman. She is the Group President of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia. Early life and education Swartz earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia and her MBA from Harvard Business School.[1] Growing up in Texas, she was a Girl Guide.[2] Career Swartz in 2017 After graduating from Harvard Business School, Swartz and her husband moved to Los Angeles were she accepted a position with Bain and Company Incorporated.[3] In 1997, she joined Princess Cruises as an outside management consultant.[4] From there, she joined MXG Media in 1999 as Chief Executive Officer, where she oversaw online, catalog, magazine and television ventures.[5] In 2001, Swartz was appointed the Princess Cruises's vice president of strategy and business development.[4] From 2008 until 2013, Swartz served as the Executive Vice President of Princess Cruises' Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.[5] In her last year as Executive Vice President, Swartz was appointed President of

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Jim Crane

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Jim Crane

James Robert Crane (born January 17, 1954) is an American businessman from Houston, Texas. Crane is chairman and chief executive of Crane Capital Group, the majority shareholder of Champion Energy, Crane Worldwide Logistics, and Crane Freight & Shipping. He is also the owner and chairman of the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).[1] Early life and education Crane, who grew up in the north St. Louis suburb of Dellwood, Missouri, attended Lutheran High School North and graduated in 1972.[2] He gave the school a donation of $1 million to improve their athletic facilities and enlarge the size of the campus from 40 acres to 67 in 2004.[2][3] The school named the James R. Crane Athletic Complex for his contribution.[4] Crane earned a degree in industrial safety from Central Missouri State University (CMSU)[5] (now the University of Central Missouri) in 1976, where he became a member of the fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. Crane pitched for the Central Missouri Mules baseball team.[6] His father die

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Janice McNair

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Janice McNair

Janice Suber McNair (born 1936) is the current owner and co-founder[1] of the Houston Texans, having assumed the position after the death of her husband and team founder Bob McNair in 2018. Early life McNair was born in South Carolina and attended Columbia College, a private women's liberal arts college.[2] It was in her college years in which she met her future husband Bob McNair.[3] Career Janice McNair has been the right-hand to her husband in much of his career when he founded Cogen Technologies, which Bob McNair sold in 1999 to Enron and CalPERS. Including, being the co-founder of the NFL team the Houston Texans. Her husband Bob was the principal owner of the Texans from its founding in 1999 to his death in 2018. Following Bob McNair's death in 2018, Janice became the Senior Chair and principal owner of the Houston Texans. Her son Cal McNair is the current team CEO, and handles most day-to-day operations.[4] However, Janice represents the team in owner's meetings. McNair is one of ten female NFL te

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Joe B. Foster

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Joe B. Foster

Joe B. Foster (born July 25, 1934) is an American businessman, oilman and philanthropist from Texas. From 1989 to 2005, Foster was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Newfield Exploration Company, headquartered in Houston. Previously, Foster was Chairman of Tenneco Oil Company and Executive Vice President and director of its parent, Tenneco Inc. He was with Tenneco for 31 years and also served as Chairman of the Tenneco Gas Pipeline Group.[4] Foster was born in Arp, Texas and attended Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in general business. In May 1997, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M University.[5] Foster served as Chairman of the National Petroleum Council, an industry advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, and in 1995–1996 served as Chairman of the Offshore Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He was a Director of M

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