In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Elmer Winter, Co-founder of Manpower

After finding themselves in need of a secretary in a hurry to file an urgent law brief, Winter and his brother-in-law realized the potential of providing a broader range of employees to other companies. They borrowed $7,000 to carry out their idea and built Manpower into the world’s third-largest provider of staffing services with offices in 82 countries. Fun fact No. 1: Despite the name, most of the company's early employees were women. Fun fact No. 2: Winter's indulged an eccentric hobby—he loved to craft artwork from car bumpers.