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Arthur Max Blank (born September 27, 1942) is an American businessman and a co-founder of The Home Depot.[3] Today he is known for his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League, and Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.[4]

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

Early life[edit] Arthur Blank was born to a Jewish family in Flushing, New York.[5] His father, Max Blank, was a pharmacist and his mother, Molly Blank, was a mother of two sons, Arthur and his older brother Michael. Blank graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City[6] and attended Babson College, where he graduated in three years in 1963 with a B.S. degree in business administration and accounting.

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 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 with Marcus. New York investment banker Ken Langone assembled the initial group of investors and merchandising expert 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, parent company of the Falcons and Atlanta United. He is also chairman of The Arthur Blank Family Foundation.[7] He serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University and the board of Staples. Sports ownership[edit] In February 2002, Blank purchased the Atlanta Falcons franchise in the 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; 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 of Major League Baseball. Some months later, Blank re-entered serious talks with Time Warner and a report indicated that a sale was imminent.[8] However, in February 2007, the Braves completed the sale of the team to Liberty Media. Blank has also founded an expansion Major League Soccer franchise named Atlanta United FC that began play in 2017.[9] The club shares Mercedes-Benz Stadium with the Falcons. Personal life[edit] 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;[10][11] they divorced in 1993.[12] In 1995, he married Stephanie V. Blank (born 1968), a Blowing Rock, North Carolina native and Appalachian State University graduate[13] he met when she worked as a designer at a Home Depot store in Atlanta.[13] They had three children - Joshua Blank, Max Blank, and Kylie Blank - before being divorced.[14] Blank is married to Angela Macuga (born 1968),[2][15] who has three children from a previous marriage.[15][16] 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.[17] On March 17, 2016, Blank announced that he is cancer-free following treatment.[18] Honors[edit] 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 & Young LLP. In 2003, for the second time in three years, Blank was named Georgia's Most Respected CEO by Georgia Trend magazine. In 2014, he was inducted as a Georgia Trustee, an honor given by the Georgia Historical Society in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia to individuals whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ 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 - 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)[dead link] ^ https://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. May 2010 ^ Daily Mail: "Billionaire owner of 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 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, 2016

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Forbes profile

Business positions

Preceded by Bernard Marcus CEO of Home Depot 1997–2000 Succeeded by Robert Nardelli

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Atlanta Falcons

Founded in 1966 Based in Atlanta, Georgia Headquartered in Flowery Branch, Georgia

Franchise

Franchise Team history Seasons Players Quarterbacks Head coaches Expansion draft Draft history First-round draft picks

Stadiums

Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium Georgia Dome Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Culture

Rankin M. Smith, Sr. Arthur Blank The Dirty Bird Dance Freddie Falcon Michael Vick dog fighting investigation Cheerleaders "2 Legit 2 Quit"

Lore

Gary Anderson's missed field goal 28–3

Rivalries

Carolina Panthers New Orleans Saints

Wild card berths (7)

1978 1991 1995 2002 2008 2011 2017

Division championships (6)

1980 1998 2004 2010 2012 2016

Conference championships (2)

1998 2016

Ring of Honor

10 21 31 42 57 58 60 78 87

Current league affiliations

League: National Football League Conference: National Football Conference Division: South Division

Seasons (53)

1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

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Current owners of the National Football League

American Football Conference

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West

Terry and Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills) Stephen M. Ross (Miami Dolphins) Robert Kraft (New England Patriots) Woody Johnson (New York Jets)

Steve Bisciotti (Baltimore Ravens) Mike Brown (Cincinnati Bengals) Jimmy and Dee Haslam (Cleveland Browns) Rooney family (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bob McNair (Houston Texans) Jim Irsay (Indianapolis Colts) Shahid Khan (Jacksonville Jaguars) KSA Industries (Tennessee Titans)

Pat Bowlen (Denver Broncos) Clark Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs) Alex Spanos (Los Angeles Chargers) Mark and Carol Davis (Oakland Raiders)

National Football Conference

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West

Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys) John Mara and Steve Tisch (New York Giants) Jeffrey Lurie (Philadelphia Eagles) Daniel Snyder (Washington Redskins)

Virginia Halas McCaskey (Chicago Bears) Martha Firestone Ford (Detroit Lions) Green Bay Packers, Inc. (governed by a Board of Directors) (Green Bay Packers) Zygi Wilf (Minnesota Vikings)

Arthur Blank (Atlanta Falcons) Jerry Richardson (Carolina Panthers) Gayle Benson (New Orleans Saints) Glazer Family (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bill Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals) Stan Kroenke (Los Angeles Rams) John and Denise York (San Francisco 49ers) Paul Allen (Seattle Seahawks)

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Atlanta United FC

Atlanta, Georgia

The Club

History Seasons Academy Current season

Stadiums

Bobby Dodd Stadium Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Affiliated clubs

Atlanta United 2

USL

Culture

Terminus Legion Resurgence Faction Footie Mob

Key personnel

Owners Arthur Blank

Major League Soccer

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