In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Richard Egan, Co-founder of EMC Corp.

A pioneering entrepreneur in the field of data storage known for his hyper-competitive personality, Egan started EMC in 1979, though the company initially sold office furniture before graduating into computing equipment and finally data storage. The company went public in 1986 and according to one analysis, it had the top-performing stock on the New York Stock Exchange during the 1990s. Last year, EMC's annual revenue topped $14 billion and the company currently employs more than 33,000 people in offices around the world.