1914-2008 | Thomas Bata, shoe magnate
Tomas Bata, who once referred to himself as "shoemaker to the world," ran the Canadian-based Bata shoe company, which makes about 300 million pairs of shoes a year for worldwide distribution.
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1932-2008 | Sid Craig, entrepreneur
Sid and Jenny Craig founded Jenny Craig Inc. in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. The company eventually grew to include 655 weight loss centers in four countries. In 2006, Nestle SA bought the Carlsbad-based company for $600 million.
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1938-2008 | Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki, entrepreneur
Credited with popularizing Japanese food in the United States, Hiroaki "Rocky" Aoki (center) opened the Benihana of Tokyo steak house in New York in 1964. With its American-styled teppanyaki and acrobatic knife-wielding chef, the chain became a robust hit, spreading elsewhere in the U.S. and into Canada, Europe and Asia.
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1912-2008 | Sir John Templeton, investor
A pioneering contrarian investor and philanthropist, Sir John M. Templeton gave away hundreds of millions of dollars to foster understanding in what he called "spiritual realities." To honor achievements in science and spirituality, he created the Templeton Prize, the largest annual award available to single individuals.
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1925-2008 | Clay Felker
Clay Felker, the magazine mogul who revolutionized the city magazine genre as founding editor of New York magazine, has died after a battle with throat cancer. He was 82.
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1916-2008 | Kermit Love
Kermit Love was a talented costume designer and choreographer. But Love gained famed worldwide for creating costumes for "Sesame Street" characters Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus. Love, who also played Willy the Hot Dog Man on the show, was 91 when he died, leaves a legacy that will make children smile from generations to come.
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1917-2008 | Wilbur Hardee
After stints as a musician and a grill cook, Wilbur Hardee opened his first Hardee's fast food location in 1960 in Greenville, N.C. As of Jan. 28, there were 1,926 Hardee's restaurants around the world. According to Hardee's parent company CKE, Hardee died on June 20 at the age of 89.
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1936-2008 | Yves Saint Laurent | Legendary fashion designer
In his own words, Yves Saint Laurent, left, posing with models Claudia Schiffer and Carla Bruni, once said he felt "fashion was not only supposed to make women beautiful, but to reassure them, to give them confidence, to allow them to come to terms with themselves."
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1909-2008 | J.R. Simplot, Idaho potato farmer
J.R. Simplot's businesses make fertilizers, seeds, animal feeds, industrial chemicals and food products. His family fortune is estimated at $3.2 billion.
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1911-2008 | A&P Grocery heir Huntington Hartford
Huntington Hartford was the heir to the A&P grocery chain. Hartford's free-spending ways and roving eye for attractive women made him a darling of the tabloids in his youth.
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