Steven Jay Ross (September 17, 1927 – December 20, 1992) was CEO of Time Warner Inc., Warner Communications, and Kinney National Services, Inc.
Ross was born Steven Jay Rechnitz on April 5, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jewish immigrants. His father, who lost all his money during the Great Depression, changed the family name to Ross in hope of finding work with fewer struggles. Ross attended Paul Smith's College for two years and then joined the U.S Navy. After his military service, he went to work at his uncle’s store in the Garment District in Manhattan.
In 1953, he married Carol Rosenthal, the daughter of a Manhattan funeral home owner, where he accepted employment. While working full-time at the funeral parlor, he noticed that the limousines used in funeral processions were not being used at night. He convinced his father-in-law to let him establish a separate company that would lease out the vehicles in the evenings. The company was instantly profitable and his father-in-law impressed...
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