Definitions of businessman
  1. noun
    a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
    synonyms: man of affairs
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    Ezra Cornell
    United States businessman who unified the telegraph system in the United States and who in 1865 (with Andrew D. White) founded Cornell University (1807-1874)
    Edward Henry Harriman
    United States railway tycoon (1848-1909)
    James Jerome Hill
    United States railroad tycoon (1838-1916)
    Collis Potter Huntington
    United States railroad executive who built the western section of the first United States transcontinental railroad (1821-1900)
    First Baron Marks of Broughton
    English businessman who created a retail chain (1888-1964)
    David Sarnoff
    United States businessman who pioneered in radio and television broadcasting (1891-1971)
    Leland Stanford
    United States railroad executive and founder of Stanford University (1824-1893)
    George Stephenson
    English railway pioneer who built the first passenger railway in 1825 (1781-1848)
    Henry Villard
    United States railroad magnate and businessman (1835-1900)
    John Wanamaker
    United States businessman whose business grew into one of the first department stores (1838-1922)
    Aaron Montgomery Ward
    United States businessman who in 1872 established a successful mail-order business (1843-1913)
    Frank Winfield Woolworth
    United States businessman who opened a shop in 1879 selling low-priced goods and built it into a national chain of stores (1852-1919)
    Rudolf Wurlitzer
    United States businessman (born in German) who founded a company to make pipe organs (1831-1914)
    William Maxwell Aitken
    British newspaper publisher and politician (born in Canada); confidant of Winston Churchill (1879-1964)
    Andrew Carnegie
    United States industrialist and philanthropist who endowed education and public libraries and research trusts (1835-1919)
    Peter Cooper
    United States industrialist who built the first American locomotive; founded Cooper Union in New York City to offer free courses in the arts and sciences (1791-1883)
    Glenn Hammond Curtiss
    United States industrialist and aviation pioneer (1878-1930)
    Gottlieb Daimler
    German engineer and automobile manufacturer who produced the first high-speed internal combustion engine (1834-1900)
    John Deere
    United States industrialist who manufactured plows suitable for working the prairie soil (1804-1886)
    George Eastman
    United States inventor of a dry-plate process of developing photographic film and of flexible film (his firm introduced roll film) and of the box camera and of a process for color photography (1854-1932)
    Henry Ford
    United States manufacturer of automobiles who pioneered mass production (1863-1947)
    Edsel Bryant Ford
    son of Henry Ford (1893-1943)
    Henry Ford II
    grandson of Henry Ford (1917-1987)
    Henry Clay Frick
    United States industrialist who amassed a fortune in the steel industry (1849-1919)
    King Camp Gilette
    United States inventor and manufacturer who developed the safety razor (1855-1932)
    Meyer Guggenheim
    United States industrialist (born in Switzerland) who with his sons established vast mining and metal processing companies (1828-1905)
    Alfred Charles William Harmsworth
    British newspaper publisher (1865-1922)
    Benjamin Harris
    publisher of the first newspaper printed in America (1673-1713)
    William Randolph Hearst
    United States newspaper publisher whose introduction of large headlines and sensational reporting changed American journalism (1863-1951)
    Henry John Heinz
    United States industrialist who manufactured and sold processed foods (1844-1919)
    William Henry Hoover
    United States industrialist who manufactured vacuum cleaners (1849-1932)
    Howard Robard Hughes
    United States industrialist who was an aviator and a film producer; during the last years of his life he was a total recluse (1905-1976)
    Friedrich Krupp
    German industrialist who manufactured steel in Essen (1787-1826)
    Edwin Herbert Land
    United States inventor who incorporated Polaroid film into lenses and invented the one step photographic process (1909-1991)
    First Viscount Nuffield
    British industrialist who manufactured automobiles and created a philanthropic foundation (1877-1963)
    Wilhelm von Opel
    German industrialist who was the first in Germany to use an assembly line in manufacturing automobiles (1871-1948)
    Elisha Graves Otis
    United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
    Robert Owen
    Welsh industrialist and social reformer who founded cooperative communities (1771-1858)
    Sir Frederick Handley Page
    English industrialist who pioneered in the design and manufacture of aircraft (1885-1962)
    Joseph Pulitzer
    United States newspaper publisher (born in Hungary) who established the Pulitzer prizes (1847-1911)
    John Davison Rockefeller
    United States industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)
    James Edmund Scripps
    United States newspaper publisher and half-brother of Edward Wyllis Scripps (1835-1908)
    Edward Wyllis Scripps
    United States newspaper publisher who founded an important press association; half-brother of James Edmund Scripps (1854-1926)
    Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky
    United States industrialist (born in Russia) who designed the first four-engine airplane and the first mass-produced helicopter (1889-1972)
    Ernest Solvay
    Belgian chemist who developed the Solvay process and built factories exploiting it (1838-1922)
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    a businessman who arranges an amalgamation of two or more commercial companies
    arb, arbitrager, arbitrageur
    someone who engages in arbitrage (who purchases securities in one market for immediate resale in another in the hope of profiting from the price differential)
    baron, big businessman, business leader, king, magnate, mogul, power, top executive, tycoon
    a very wealthy or powerful businessman
    someone who manages or has significant financial interest in an industrial enterprise
    a person who owns or operates oil wells
    someone who owns or operates a business
    owner, proprietor
    (law) someone who owns (is legal possessor of) a business
    small businessman
    a businessman who runs a business employing less than 100 people
    (slang) a businessman dressed in a business suit
    a businessman who forms a syndicate
    someone who conducts or carries on business or negotiations
    the proprietor of a bookstore
    concessionaire, concessioner
    someone who holds or operates a concession
    lease giver, lessor
    someone who grants a lease
    owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
    oil tycoon
    a powerful person in the oil business
    the proprietor of an inn
    a woman proprietor
    newspaper publisher, publisher
    the proprietor of a newspaper
    an owner of property who receives payment for its use by another person
    restauranter, restaurateur
    the proprietor of a restaurant
    saloon keeper
    the proprietor of a saloon
    supermarketeer, supermarketer
    an operator of a supermarket
    an owner or manager of a company that is engaged in lumbering
    an oilman who drills exploratory wells in territory not known to be an oil field
    type of:
    bourgeois, businessperson
    a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
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