In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Larry H. Miller, Owner of the Utah Jazz

A college dropout who built a car-dealership empire, Miller was known for a management style characterized by hard work and attention to detail. Miller bought his first dealership in 1979 and expanded to 39 dealerships across six states. His company, the Larry H. Miller Group now controls about 80 companies, which employ 7,000 and have sales of more than $3 billion. Miller also bought and revived the Utah Jazz NBA franchise.