The Info List - Arthur Blank

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ARTHUR M. BLANK (born September 27, 1942) is an American businessman and a co-founder of The Home Depot
Home Depot
. Today he is known for his philanthropy , his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
in the National Football League , and his ownership of Atlanta United in Major League Soccer .


* 1 Early life * 2 Sports ownership * 3 Personal life * 4 Honors * 5 References * 6 External links


Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
was born to a Jewish family in Flushing, New York
Flushing, New York
. His father, Max Blank, was a pharmacist and his mother, Molly Blank, was a full-time mother of two sons, Arthur and his older brother Michael. Blank graduated from Stuyvesant High School
Stuyvesant High School
in New York City
New York City
and attended Babson College
Babson College
, where he graduated in three years in 1963 with a B.S. degree in business administration and accounting. He also received an honorary degree from Comton University Business career. Blank in 2009

After graduating from Babson College, Blank was hired by Arthur Young and Company, where he was a senior accountant. He later joined the Daylin Corporation, where he rose to become president of Elliott's Drug Stores/Stripe Discount Stores, a division of Daylin. When Daylin decided to sell off that division, Blank moved to another division, Handy Dan Home Improvement Centers. Bernard Marcus
Bernard Marcus
was CEO of Handy Dan and Blank was vice president of finance when both were fired in 1978 as part of an internal power struggle.

In 1978, Blank co-founded Home Depot
Home Depot
with Marcus. New York investment banker Ken Langone assembled the initial group of investors and merchandising guru Patrick Farrah helped founders realize their vision of one-stop shopping for the do-it-yourselfer. The store revolutionized the home improvement business with its warehouse concept and Blank and Marcus became billionaires as a result. Blank spent 19 years as the company's president before succeeding Marcus as CEO. Blank retired from the company in 2001 as co-chairman.

Today, Blank is the Chairman, President, and CEO of AMB Group, LLC, and chairman of The Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
Family Foundation. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University and the board of Staples.


In February 2002, Blank purchased the Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
franchise in the National Football League
National Football League
from owner Taylor Smith, the son of team founder Rankin M. Smith Sr. . In September 2004, he bought the Arena Football League franchise, the Georgia Force
Georgia Force
; he moved the team back to the city of Atlanta
after it had spent several years in suburban Gwinnett County .

Blank has expressed serious interest in purchasing other franchises. In early 2006, he temporarily withdrew from contention as a potential buyer of the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
of Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
. Some months later, Blank re-entered serious talks with Time Warner
Time Warner
and a report indicated that a sale was imminent. However, in February 2007, the Braves completed the sale of the team to Liberty Media
Liberty Media
. Blank has also founded an expansion Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer
franchise named Atlanta United FC to begin play in 2017. The club will share Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the Falcons.


Blank has been married three times and divorced twice. He has three children with his first wife, Diana J. Blank (born 1942): Kenny Blank, Dena Blank Kimball, and Danielle Blank; they divorced in 1993. In 1995, he married Stephanie V. Blank (born 1968), a Blowing Rock, North Carolina native and Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University
graduate he met when she worked as a designer at a Home Depot
Home Depot
store in Atlanta. They had three children - Joshua Blank, Max Blank, and Kylie Blank - before being divorced. Blank is married to Angela Macuga (born 1968), who has three children from a previous marriage. Blank also owns Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Montana; and PGA TOUR Superstores.

Blank is a signatory of The Giving Pledge committing himself to give away at least 50% of his wealth to charitable causes.

On February 9, 2016, Blank revealed he had very treatable prostate cancer. On March 17, 2016, Blank announced that he is cancer-free following treatment.


In 2011, Blank was the recipient of the Freeing Voices, Changing Lives award from the American Institute for Stuttering. Blank was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2006, and in 2005 he was named National Entrepreneur
Of The Year by Ernst ">


* ^ https://www.forbes.com/profile/arthur-blank/ * ^ A B http://heavy.com/sports/2017/02/arthur-blank-falcons-owner-wife-angie-angela-macuga-who-is-age-how-old-married-ex-photos/ * ^ "Our History". homedepot.com. The Home Depot. Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011. * ^ "ARTHUR BLANK - OWNER AND CEO". atlantafalcons.com. Archived from the original on 8 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2011. * ^ url=http://forward.com/news/361861/falcons-owner-arthur-blank-interview-jewish-super-bowl/ * ^ " Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
- Owner
and CEO - Biography". Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2007-11-01. * ^ "AMB Group names key executives". Atlanta
Business Chronicle. 20 June 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2011. * ^ http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/braves/stories/0421bravessale.html. Retrieved April 21, 2006. Missing or empty title= (help ) * ^ http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/06/25/atlanta-united-fc-mls-expansion-2017 * ^ Reference for Business: "Arthur Blank" retrieved October 18, 2014 * ^ National Parks Conservation Association: "The Visionaries - Diana J. Blank" retrieved October 18, 2014 * ^ Atlanta
Business Journals: "A longtime anonymous donor reveals her identity" by Maria Saporta Sep 18, 2015 * ^ A B Point\'s North magazine: "Stephanie Blank" Archived 2014-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. May 2010 * ^ Daily Mail: " Billionaire
owner of Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
is served with divorce papers as he watches 2013 Super Bowl minus his NFL team" February 3, 2013 * ^ A B Saporta Report: " Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
says purchasing soccer team for Atlanta
is ‘close to his heart’" April 17, 2014 * ^ Kenly News: "DWIGHT PARRISH" July 2014 Obituaries * ^ Jewish Voice New York: "Jewish Billionaires Join Group Pledging Majority of Their Wealth to Charity" by Sholom Schreiber April 25, 2005 * ^ The Atlanta
Journal Constitution: "Blank announces he is ‘cancer free’" by D. Orlando Ledbetter March 17,