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Richard Thalheimer The Sharper Image

Richard Thalheimer founded The Sharper Image when he was 24 years old and still a law student in San Francisco. According to a 2007 Forbes profile of Thalheimer, who was ousted in 2006, the entrepreneur’s exit was “hastened by consecutive years of declining sales, a depressed stock price, and mounting legal woes from consumer class-action lawsuits challenging the safety of the Ionic Breeze air purifier, the company's most successful product.”