In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Bruce Wasserstein, Co-founder of Wasserstein Perella

And one of the pioneers in the field of mergers and acquisitions, Wasserstein played a key role in many of the big deals of the last few decades, from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts’ takeover of RJR Nabisco to Kraft’s more recent bid for Cadbury. He sold his firm to Dresdner Bank in 2000 for roughly $1.4 billion and he took the helm of Lazard in 2002. He also owned New York magazine.