May 29, 2008

Remembering J. R. Simplot

Joan Cartan-Hansen and guests remember Idaho billionaire J.R. Simplot. Simplot passed away 5/25/08 at the age of 99.

Simplot left home when he was 14 and made his first fortune selling hogs. He then won a coin toss to win a new electric potato sorter and eventually parlayed that windfall into an estimated 3.6 billion dollar fortune.

Cartan-Hansen will be joined by H. Dean Summers, Simplot's friend; Tom Stitzel, former Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University; and historian Susan Stacy. They will help us remember this remarkable man, his accomplishments and his impact on the world's economy.

Biography: J.R. Simplot: A Billion the Hard Way by Louie Attebery. Caxton Press, 2000.