Wrigley, William III

Wrigley, William III

Male 1933 - 1999  (66 years)

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  • Name Wrigley, William 
    Suffix III 
    Born 21 Jan 1933  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Mar 1999  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I38471  Sackett | Descendants of Thomas Sacket the Elder, Descendants of Simon Sackett the Colonist
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2018 

    Father Wrigley, Philip Knight,   b. 5 Dec 1894, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1977, Elkhorn, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Atwater, Helen Blanche,   b. 30 Aug 1901, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jun 1977, Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 26 Mar 1918 
    Children 3 children 
     1. Living
     2. Wrigley, Ada Blanche,   b. 19 Apr 1923, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 2010  (Age 87 years)
     3. Wrigley, William III,   b. 21 Jan 1933, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1999, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     
    Family ID F13666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jan 1933 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Mar 1999 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Wrigley III (1933-1999)
    William Wrigley III (1933-1999)
    From Find A Grave Memorial# 100654642, uploaded there by Bonney Fortney

  • Notes 
    • William Wrigley III

      From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wrigley_III
      William Wrigley III, known as William Wrigley, (January 21, 1933 - March 8, 1999) was President of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, founded by his grandfather William Wrigley, Jr. from 1961 until his death from pneumonia in March 1999.[1] His father P.K. Wrigley preceded him as president. He was succeeded by his son Bill Wrigley, Jr. as President and CEO. He inherited ownership of the Chicago Cubs in 1977. Only a few months later, his mother died, saddling Wrigley with a massive estate tax bill. Most of his money was tied up in either the Wrigley Company or the Cubs, forcing him to sell the Cubs to the Chicago Tribune in 1981.

      The company enjoyed a substantial lead in the chewing gum industry during his early years with the firm but, by the time he assumed the presidency in 1961, the company's leadership was succumbing to sugarless gum, and later bubble gum. As a result, the Wrigley Company invested heavily in research in order to expand into several new lines. Under William Wrigley's stewardship the company ventured into the following products: Orbit, Freedent, Extra, Hubba Bubba, and Big Red. The Company maintained its position as the world's largest manufacturer of chewing gum.

      Wrigley attended Yale University as an undergraduate, and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon.

      Wrigley lived by his mother's family motto, "When your name is on the door, you're obliged to watch the store." He was in his office daily, when not traveling to Wrigley Company factories abroad, which was his practice three times per year. He was a legal resident of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin where he enjoyed ice-boating, cutting cattle, Arabian horses, and the family dogs. The family's Arabian horse business, first established at Catalina Island with William Wrigley, Jr's original purchase from Kellogg, was moved to Lake Geneva in the 1970s. The family's annual 4th of July fireworks display was a tradition in which he participated personally by selecting each component. He was a benefactor of the arts, enjoyed the American cinema, and was on the board at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television, now called USC School of Cinematic Arts.


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