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Lee Smith Bickmore*

1972 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Nabisco, Inc.

Lee Smith Bickmore, one of nine children, was born in Paradise, Utah, in 1908. He worked on the family farm throughout his early life. At age 17, he left home and worked in a retail store to support his studies at Utah State Co...

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John R. Block

1992 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Senior Policy Advisor


In 1935, John Block was born on a farm in Illinois that had no electricity. When he was old enough to go to school, he rode a pony to get to the schoolhouse, which lacked water and indoor plumbing and which had only 10 students...

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Michael R. Bloomberg

2011 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Founder and Owner

Bloomberg, L.P.

The grandson of immigrants, Michael Bloomberg was born in 1942 in Boston. When he was three, his family settled in the blue-collar suburb of Medford. His father, William, worked as a bookkeeper for a small dairy “six or seven...

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W. Michael Blumenthal

1980 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Burroughs Corporation

Michael Blumenthal was born in Oranienburg, Germany, in 1926. When he was 12, the Nazis arrived and burned all Jewish-owned stores, including his family’s dress shop. Blumenthal’s father was taken to Buchenwald concentratio...

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Elmer Homes Bobst*

1965 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Co

Elmer Bobst’s career began at age 17 when he left his father’s parsonage in Lititz, Pennsylvania, where he had been born in 1884. He moved to Philadelphia and earned $3 a week clerking in a drugstore. Bobst knew tha...

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Herbert F. Boeckmann, II

1995 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Galpin Motors, Inc.

Herbert Boeckmann was born and raised in Southern California. His parents divorced when he was nine, and he and his brother went to live with their father. “It had a tremendous impact on me,” he says, “because I had been ...

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Helen F. Boehm*

1975 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Edward Marshall Boehm, Inc.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1920, Elena Francesca Stephanie Franzolin was the fifth of six children. Her parents were from Genoa, Italy. Her father built cabinets, while her mother trained her daughters in the domestic arts ...

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Michael Bongiovanni*

1979 Horatio Alger Award Winner

President and CEO

Squibb Specialty Health Products Group

Michael Bongiovanni was born in 1921 in Hoboken, New Jersey. His father was an Italian immigrant who worked for the railroads, and his mother worked long hours in a garment shop. Bongiovanni did not learn English until ...

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Alain Bouchard

2017 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Alain Bouchard was born in 1949, in Chicoutimi, Quebec, and was one of six children. His parents were devout Catholics, as was most of Quebec at that time. His father owned an excavation company and was ambitious and a tireless...

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John Bowles*

1963 Horatio Alger Award Winner


Rexall Drug Company

John Bowles was born in Monroe, North Carolina, in 1916. In his youth, he delivered newspapers, worked weekends in a drugstore, mowed lawns, and did other odd jobs. By the time he was 16 years old, he had saved enough money to ...

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