In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

Courtesy Habitat for Humanity International
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Millard Fuller, Co-founder of Habitat for Humanity

Arguably America's preeminent social entrepreneur, Fuller dipped his feet in finance at the age of six selling fattened hogs, rabbits and chickens at a profit. He became a successful businessman and was a millionaire by the age of 29, but his preoccupation with wealth almost scuttled his marriage. Consequently he reevaluated his priorities and started Habitat for Humanity, which signs up volunteers to build homes for low-income families. The homes are sold at no profit or interest; but Fuller frowned on hand-outs and insisted that future home buyers help with the construction. Habitat has built more than 300,000 homes worldwide.