Bernard Marcus was bornon 12 May 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, is Co-founder, ex chairman of the board, Home Depot. Bernard Marcus is #388 in List Billionaires People In The World. Bernard Marcus was fired from hardware store Handy Dan in 1978, along with his coworker Arthur Blank, so the duo started a rival retailer, Home Depot. In 1981, Marcus, Blank and early investor Kenneth Langone took Home Depot public. All three men are now billionaires. Marcus was born to Russian immigrant parents, who sought the "golden land" in the U.S. and ended up in a fourth floor walk-up tenement in N.J. He has given away more than $1 billion to education, hospitals and Jewish causes through the Marcus Foundation, which he founded with his wife.
"What makes America great? Risk, preparation, hard work, and a young man's willingness to shag carts from a parking lot because he has faith that he and his family can be great."
In May 2005, Marcus was awarded the Others Award by the Salvation Army, its highest honor
Marcus served as the company's first CEO for 19 years and also served as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2002
"Marcus co-founded the Israel Democracy Institute in 1991, contributing $5 million for the construction of the institute’s building in Jerusalem’s Talbiya neighborhood and investing hundreds of millions of shekels in its ongoing operation over the years
In 1979 they founded the home-improvement retailer The Home Depot, with the help of merchandising guru Pat Farrah and New York investment banker Ken Langone who assembled a group of investors
In 1978 both he and future Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank were fired during a corporate power struggle at Handy Dan
He grew up in a tenement and graduated from South Side High School in 1947
Frederick MarcusBernard "Bernie" Marcus (born May 12, 1929) is an American businessman and philanthropist
The award is 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