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Carl E. Anderson*

1967 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman and President

E.W. Bliss Company

Carl Anderson was adopted by a Swedish family when he was an infant. He sold home-grown vegetables door to door, raised chickens, and worked as office boy at Westinghouse. After high school, he took a job in a steel fab...

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Charles W. Anderson*

1962 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Ametek, Inc.

Dedicated to helping his family in whatever way he could, Charles Anderson went to work at the age of 14 while attending New York’s Brooklyn Technical High School. Later, he worked his way through Brooklyn Polytechnic Institu...

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Charles C. Anderson, Sr.

2015 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman Emeritus

Anderson Companies

Charles Anderson was born in 1934 in Florence, Alabama. At the age of 14, Anderson’s father left school to help support the family by selling newspapers to out-of-town construction workers from a newsstand that he built out o...

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Lee R. Anderson, Sr.

2014 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Owner and Chairman

APi Group, Inc.

Lee Anderson, an only child, was born in 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Lucille—orphaned at seven—went to an orphanage and eventually became a saleswoman in a department store. His father, Reuben, was orphaned...

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Walter Anderson

1994 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman & CEO, Retired

Parade Magazine

Walter Anderson, who defines dignity as the “ability to be ourselves,” grew up with more fear and anxiety than dignity. Encouraged and protected when possible by his mother, Anderson often received beatings at the hands of ...

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Dwayne O. Andreas*

1994 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Born in Minnesota in 1918, Dwayne Andreas was less than a year old when his family moved to a farm near Lisbon, Iowa. There, Andreas and his five brothers and a sister learned to live off the land. Their father was a Mennonite ...

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Maya Angelou*

1992 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, Maya Angelou was three when her parents separated. She and her younger brother went to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Her grandmother became a posi...

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Al Annexstad

2010 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman Emeritus

Federated Insurance Companies

Al Annexstad, the youngest of four children, was born on a small dairy farm in the early 1940s near St. Peter, Minnesota. The farm had no plumbing or electricity, and the Annexstads did their chores tirelessly without the help ...

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Anousheh Ansari

2011 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Co-Founder and CEO

Prodea Systems, Inc.

Anousheh Ansari, was born in 1966 in the Iranian holy city of Mashhad—a town of parks and mosques, nestled in the valley of the Nashaf River. Her mother came from a long line of holy men, and her father from a proud family of...

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Philip Anschutz

2000 Horatio Alger Award Winner


The Anschutz Corporation

A Kansas native, Philip Fredrick Anschutz was born in 1939 in Russell, but he and his family soon moved to Hays, then on to Wichita for the remainder of his youth. His mother, who Anschutz says “was a lady of great grace who ...

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