Reginald F. Lewis
Owner of the First Black-Owned Business to Generate $1 Billion in Annual Revenue
Lewis was born on December 7, 1942, in East Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 1968. Two years later he, along with a few others, set up Wall Street’s first African American law firm.
In 1992, as Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, Lewis repositioned the company, paid down their debt, and vastly increased its worth. This resulted in the company having sales of over $1.8 billion annually, making it the first black-owned business to generate a billion dollars in annual sales.
Unfortunately, Reginald F. Lewis's life was cut short by his untimely death after a short illness in January 1993.