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Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder, The Home Depot


Episode # 501
Bernie Marcus
Co-Founder, The Home Depot

He is, perhaps, Georgia’s greatest entrepreneur. Fired from his job in 1978, Bernie Marcus and his partner founded Home Depot, which is now the second largest retailer in the US. On Home Depot’s opening day, most of the boxes on the store’s shelves were empty, and Marcus’s children handed out dollar bills to encourage shoppers to come into the store. After retiring from The Home Depot, Marcus donated $200 million to launch the Georgia Aquarium, which has transformed downtown Atlanta, and operates the Marcus Institute, which focuses on children and medical research. Georgia's Business host Richard Warner talks with Bernie Marcus about the challenges and opportunities in entrepreneurship today.

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