INTERNATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

James Sinegal

Founder, former CEO, Costco   

Costco’s first location (originally named Price Club), opened in 1976 in a converted airplane hangar in San Diego. In 1983, the first Costco warehouse location was opened in Seattle. Costco became the first company ever to grow from zero to $3 billion in sales in less than six years. When Costco and Price Club merged in 1993, the combined company had 206 locations generating $16 billion in annual sales. Since resuming the Costco name in 1997, the company has grown worldwide with total sales in recent fiscal years exceeding $64 billion.

NAME

ORGANIZATION

YEAR

Brian Lamb

CSPAN

2012

Meg Whitman

Former president and CEO of eBay

2011

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

2010

Arthur Blank

Home Depot, The Arthur Blank Foundation, Atlanta Falcons

2009

Dr. Min Kao

Garmin, International

2008

Kate and Andy Spade

kate spade New York

2007

Richard T. Farmer

Cintas

2006

Henry Bloch

H&R Block

2005

Mark Goldston

United Online

2004

Lamar Hunt

Kansas City Chiefs - AFL

2003

Wayne Huizenga

Blockbuster

2002

William C France

International Speedway Corp. - NASCAR

2001

Herb Kelleher

Southwest Airlines

2000

Robert Ballard

Institute for Exploration - Titanic Discovery

1999

Allen Neuharth

USA Today - Gannet Co., Inc.

1998

Abby M. O'Neil

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

1997

Ted Turner

Turner Broadcasting System

1996

Debbie Fields

Mrs. Fields Cookies

1995

Richard M. Schulze

Best Buy Co., Inc.

1994

Dick and Kari Clark

Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

1993

Jerome A. Chazen

Liz Claiborne, Inc.

1992

Geraldine Laybourbe

Nickelodeon and Oxygen Networks

1991

Ross Perot Jr.

Hillwood Development Corporation

1990

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