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Oldest CEO And Popularizer Of Cowboy Shirts Dies

August 15, 2008 4:00 PM ET

Heard on All Things Considered


Jack Weil, who was said to be the oldest working CEO in America, has died at the age of 107. "Papa Jack" —as he was fondly known — founded Rockmount Ranch Wear in 1946 in Denver. His snap-buttoned shirts were a must-have for anyone who wanted to look like a cowboy — from Clark Gable to Elvis Presley to Eric Clapton to Heath Ledger.

His grandson Steve Weil calls Jack Weil "very inspiring."

"His work was his second romance — next to his marriage," he says.


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