Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire

Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire

Reginald F. Lewis

Language: English

Pages: 318

ISBN: 1574780360

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?: How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion-Dollar Business Empire

Reginald F. Lewis

Language: English

Pages: 318

ISBN: 1574780360

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? is the inspiring story of Reginald Lewis: lawyer, Wall Street wizard, philanthropist — and the wealthiest black man in American history.

When six-year-old Reginald Lewis overheard his grandparents discussing employment discrimination against African Americans, he asked, “Why should white guys have all the fun?" This self-assured child would grow up to become the CEO of Beatrice International and one of the most successful entrepreneurs ever. At the time of his death in 1993, his personal fortune was estimated in excess of $400 million and his vast commercial empire spanned four continents. Despite the notoriety surrounding Lewis's financial coups, little has been written about the life of this remarkable man. Based on Lewis's unfinished autobiography, as well as scores of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, the book cuts through the myth and media hype to reveal the man behind the legend. What emerges is a vivid portrait of a proud, fiercely determined individual with a razor-sharp tongue — and an intellect to match — who would settle for nothing less than excellence from himself and others.

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East Hampton Town Police wanting to make sure he was okay because Broadview was going up in flames! By the time Stoutt raced to his place of employment, the fire had destroyed the middle section of the splendid mansion and was methodically devouring the remaining ends. About 50 firefighters were spraying water on the conflagration, but little could be saved, with the exception of an attached three-car garage containing Lewis’s Mercedes convertible and a Mercedes sedan. Also, a small unburned

2L, Reginald Gilliam, Reginald Lewis, Weldon Rougeau, Clarence Ferguson, Robert Washington. Their Effect on the Practice of Law.” Massachusetts Secretary of Community Development Thomas I. Atkins ’69, a former Boston City Councillor, described the two major effects of the Nixon Administration as being “the elimination of priorities-setting at the national level” and the “shifting of control of local priorities back to the local level” and away from the federal government, through revenue

game. “I remember at homecoming questioning why he wasn’t playing,” says Tony Fugett. After the game, Fugett asked his father why Lewis rode the bench the entire game. “Why didn’t he play, why didn’t he play?” the disappointed eight-year-old asked. “My father gave me some kind of smart-ass answer. He kind of snapped at me. Obviously, he didn’t like the fact that Reggie wasn’t playing.” Needless to say, Lewis was unhappy. The episode further deflated his psyche and eroded his self-esteem. He

conflict because of its representation of NSI. Although I had hired Bear, Stearns to raise the bank financing, I could not resist making some efforts myself to pull that together. Doug Walter introduced us to the people at First Chicago and a team from there tried to put together a group of banks. It would become a useful dry run. B. J. Chubet of Bear, Stearns and I went to New Jersey and made a similar effort with Midlantic and the leading New Jersey banks—no go. But it was a useful exercise

uncomfortable with being portrayed as a pinstripe Jackie Robinson. Says Lewis, ‘It is wrong to focus on being the first black to do something.’” The article continued, “Though Lewis may want to be thought of as just another tycoon, he is also an inspirational symbol—the first black businessman to gain full access to the giant pools of capital on Wall Street.” Feeling somewhat rested after a few days in the South of France, the next major thing on Lewis’s agenda was discussions with a Canadian

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