In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Percy Sutton, Founder of Inner City Broadcasting

A Civil Rights lawyer who represented Malcolm X among others, Sutton was also a confirmed capitalist. He owned media outlets such as The New York Amsterdam News and the AM station WLIB and bought the famed Apollo Theater out of bankruptcy in 1980. He also started a company that invested in Africa and another that sold interactive technology to radio stations. In 2007, surveying his long and varied career, Sutton told Inc., "Yes, I was involved in a lot of businesses. I lost money like it was going out of style." He also built a tidy fortune. —Josh Spiro