The 30 Greatest Fictional Entrepreneurs

American Pastoral, Philip Roth
Photo by Graciela Blaum
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Seymour “Swede” Levov

The hero of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral is the epitome of a virtuous second-generation business owner—a disciplined, one-time high school athlete from Newark, New Jersey. Alas, the ’60s were not kind to capitalists—or to Newark, New Jersey.