The Atlanta Falcons have not competed in a Superbowl for nearly two decades and many are attributing their success to owner, Arthur Blank. So who is Arthur Blank?
- He cofounded the Home Depot with billionaire Bernie Marcus in 1978.
- Today, Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores and is the fourth largest retailer overall in North America.
- Home Depot has a market cap of $165 billion
- Blank retired in 2001 with a 1.5% stake in the company. (That’s 34 million shares!)
- In 2002, Blank bought the Falcons for $545 million. (That was a great investment! The team is now worth $2.13 billion.)
- Blank also has stakes in the PgA’s network of retail stores, an MLS soccer team, and the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
“I’m a very competitive person — probably one of the most competitive you’ll ever meet,” Blank told Forbes in October. But he has also described himself as a “servant-leader.” “I’m of the mentality of…service, volume, and taking care of the people that we’re serving.”