Arthur Max Blank (born September 27, 1942) is an American businessman
and a co-founder of The Home Depot. Today he is known for his
ownership of the
Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League, and
Atlanta United in Major League Soccer.
1 Early life
2 Sports ownership
3 Personal life
6 External links
Arthur Blank was born to a Jewish family in Flushing, New York. 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
Stuyvesant High School
Stuyvesant High School in New York City 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
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
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 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; he moved the team back
to the city of
Atlanta after it had spent several years in suburban
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. However, in February 2007, the
Braves completed the sale of the team to Liberty Media. Blank has also
founded an expansion
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer franchise named Atlanta
United FC that began play in 2017. The club shares 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
Blowing Rock, North Carolina native and Appalachian State University
graduate he met when she worked as a designer at a 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
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
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
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.
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^ "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.
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.
Retrieved April 21, 2006. Missing or empty title= (help)[dead
^ 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,
Atlanta Journal Constitution: "Blank announces he is ‘cancer
free’" by D. Orlando Ledbetter March 17, 2016
CEO of Home Depot
Founded in 1966
Based in Atlanta, Georgia
Headquartered in Flowery Branch, Georgia
First-round draft picks
Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
Rankin M. Smith, Sr.
The Dirty Bird Dance
Michael Vick dog fighting investigation
"2 Legit 2 Quit"
Gary Anderson's missed field goal
New Orleans Saints
Wild card berths (7)
Division championships (6)
Conference championships (2)
Ring of Honor
Current league affiliations
League: National Football League
Conference: National Football Conference
Division: South Division
Current owners of the National Football League
American Football Conference
Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills)
Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross (Miami Dolphins)
Robert Kraft (New England Patriots)
Woody Johnson (New York Jets)
Steve Bisciotti (Baltimore Ravens)
Mike Brown (Cincinnati Bengals)
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
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)
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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)
Atlanta United FC
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