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2008 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

J. Robert Beyster*

Retired Chairman and CEO

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

J. Robert Beyster was born in Detroit in 1924 and grew up in Grosse Ile, Michigan. He and his parents lived in a rented duplex flat, with his grandparents living in the flat below. Although not a college graduate, Beyster's fat...

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1972 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Lee Smith Bickmore*


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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1992 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

John R. Block

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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2011 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Michael R. Bloomberg

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 d...

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1980 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

W. Michael Blumenthal

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 concentration ca...

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1965 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Elmer Homes Bobst*


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 that ge...

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1995 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Herbert F. Boeckmann II


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 so clo...

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1975 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Helen F. Boehm*


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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1979 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Michael Bongiovanni*

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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2017 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Alain Bouchard

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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