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Companies Named After Individuals

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List of companies named after individual people. Many companies derive their names from the individuals who founded the companies, or other important early contributors. (On occasion, the company is named as a tribute to an individual who is not directly involved in its founding, as with the fast food chain Wendy's, named for founder Dave Thomas's daughter, Melinda "Wendy" Thomas.)

Many of these famous names have now become recognizable brands, with consumers not even realizing that the name they have grown to recognize and trust once belonged to an individual person. (Who remembers that Tiffany & Co refers to Charles Lewis Tiffany?) In other cases, the founder remains as iconic as the business he or she started, as with Walt Disney and his animated films and theme parks, or Michael Dell and his eponymous computer firm.
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  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp1

    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp

    Motion Picture and Video Production, Film industry
    Named after William Fox
  • A&M Records2
    Named after Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss
  • A&W Restaurants3

    A&W Restaurants

    Restaurant, Fast food
    Named after Roy Allen and Frank Wright
  • Abbott Laboratories4

    Abbott Laboratories

    Pharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology
    Named after Wallace Calvin Abbott
  • Abercrombie & Fitch5

    Abercrombie & Fitch

    Family Clothing Stores, Clothing
    Named after David T. Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch
  • Abrams Air Craft6
    Named after Talbert Abrams
  • Abt Sportsline7

    Abt Sportsline

    Automotive industry
    Named after Johann Abt
  • Opel8


    Automotive industry
    Named after Adam Opel
  • Adidas9


    Fashion accessory, Sports equipment
    Named after Adi Dassler
  • 10

    A. G. Edwards

    Named after Albert Gallatin Edwards
  • Agusta11


    Named after Giovanni Agusta
  • AGV12


    Named after Gino Amisano
  • 13

    Ajo Motorsport

    Named after Aki Ajo
  • 14

    Albert Heijn and Ahold

    Named after Albert Heijn
  • ALDI15


    Supermarket, Supermarket
    Named after Theo and Karl Albrecht
  • Alessi16


    All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing, Kitchen Utensil
    Named after Giovanni Alessi
  • 17

    Alex von Falkenhausen Motorenbau

    Named after Alex Von Falkenhausen
  • Alza18


    Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
    Named after Alex Zaffaroni
  • 19


    Named after Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher
  • 20


    Named after Chris Amon
  • Amstrad21


    Computer, Electronics industry
    Named after Alan Sugar
  • Anatra22


    Named after Artur Antonovich Anatra
  • 23

    Andrea Moda Formula

    Named after Andrea Sassetti
  • Anheuser-Busch24


    Malt Beverages, Brewing
    Named after Lilly And Eberhard Anheuser, and Adolphus Busch
  • Ann Summers25
    Named after Annice Summers