Reginald Francis Lewis was born in Baltimore, Marylandon December 7, 1942 to Clinton and Carolyn Cooper Lewis. He didn’t have much of a relationship with his biolocial father. His mother remarried when he was 9 to Jean S Fugett. His step father was a postal worker and taught him about hard work. He was the oldest of his 5 sibblings; Jean Jr, Anthony, Joseph, Rosalyn, and Sharon.
Family (wife, kids)
He met his wife, Loida Nicolas when he was 26. Lewis and Loida married on August 16, 1969. They had two daughters, Leslie and Christina.
Reginald F Lewis attended St Francis Xavier Catholic Elementary School, Dunbar High School, Virginia State College, and Harvard Law School
Occupation & Accomplishments
Immediately after law school, He worked for a top New York law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Two years later he left and started his own firm. After 15 years as a corporate lawyer with his own practice, Lewis creating TLC Group L.P. His first major deal was the purchase of the McCall Pattern Company, a home sewing pattern business for $22.5 million; , he later sold the company for a big profit. He bought Beatrice foods in 1986. By 1996 TLC Beatrice International had sales of over $2 billion making Reginald F Lewis the first African American to build a billion dollar company.
Mr. Lewis was athletically built and was an avid tennis player. He traveled the world a lot on business. He also enjoyed relaxing on the Golf Course when he wasn’t working.
Mr. Lewis was a member of the boards of WNET in New York and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. He was also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Economic Advisory Committee of New York City. Mayor David N. Dinkins had nominated him to be a member of the city's Municipal Assistance Corporation.
· In 1987 Lewis established The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, which funded grants of...