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Jerry Greenfield

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Net worth 2018: $150 Million
Industry: Business People
Residence: Brooklyn
Country: United States
BirthDay: 14 March 1951
Sigh: Aries
Height: 1.6 m
Education: Oberlin College, Pennsylvania State University

Jerry Greenfield was bornon 14 March 1951 in Brooklyn, American, is Entrepreneur. Jerry Greenfield hails from the United States of America and is a philanthropist and businessman. He is the famous co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings, Inc. Along with his friend Ben Cohen (who is four days younger to him and born in the same hospital) he started the first Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in an old renovated gas station at Burlington, Vermont. They were both 27 years old when they started the venture. Both the friends shared a mutual interest in food and wanted to do something profitable in the food business. Initially, they had planned to sell bagels but later they decided to engage in the ice cream business because of lower start-up cost. The ice cream venture attained huge success within a short period of time and within five years franchises came up in different locations. In 2000, the co-founders traded their ice cream business to multinational food giant Unilever for $325 million; however, they continued to remain active in the business. Greenfield is presently the President of the Trustees for the Ben and Jerry Foundation. He also has a seat on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Together, Greenfield and Cohen have established a new kind of business that helps find ways to bring about social, institutional and environmental changes.


$150 Million


In the year 2000, they sold the business for over $325 million to multinational food giant, Unilever


In ‘Ben & Jerry’s Double Dip: How to Run a Values-Led Business and Make Money, Too’ published 1997, Cohen and Greenfield show the way to create values-led business that is profitable for both the owner as well as the community


The book ‘Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book’ co-authored with Nancy Stevens and published 1987 tells admirers the story of how the firm was started by the two childhood friends and their journey to success


By 1986, Ben & Jerry constructed a manufacturing unit in Waterbury and donated 7


Their product’s fame was such that in 1984 they had to fight a legal war with Pillsbury, the parent company of Häagen-Dazs—an ice cream brand


In 1980, they experienced success in distributing their ice cream to restaurants


Together, they underwent a five dollar correspondence course in ice-cream making and opened the Ben & Jerry's ice cream parlour in a renovated gas station at Burlington, Vermont, in the summer of 1978


In 1976, Jerry Greenfield moved back to New York to live with Ben Cohen again


In 1974, he once again failed to enter medical school and decided to move to North Carolina with his wife-to-be, Elizabeth Skarie


He graduated in 1973 but failed to enter medical school


In 1969, he joined Oberlin College and finally left Long Island, the place where he grew up and spent most of his youth


Jerry Greenfield was born into a Jewish family on March 14, 1951, in Brooklyn, New York

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