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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 Corp

    Motion Picture and Video Production, Film industry
    Named after William Fox
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    Named after Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss
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    A&W Restaurants

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

    Pharmaceutical Preparation, Biotechnology
    Named after Wallace Calvin Abbott
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    Abercrombie & Fitch

    Family Clothing Stores, Clothing
    Named after David T. Abercrombie and Ezra Fitch
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    Named after Talbert Abrams
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    Abt Sportsline

    Automotive industry
    Named after Johann Abt
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    Automotive industry
    Named after Adam Opel
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    Fashion accessory, Sports equipment
    Named after Adi Dassler
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    A. G. Edwards

    Named after Albert Gallatin Edwards
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    Named after Giovanni Agusta
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    Named after Gino Amisano
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    Ajo Motorsport

    Named after Aki Ajo
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    Albert Heijn and Ahold

    Named after Albert Heijn
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    Supermarket, Supermarket
    Named after Theo and Karl Albrecht
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    All Other Plastics Product Manufacturing, Kitchen Utensil
    Named after Giovanni Alessi
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    Alex von Falkenhausen Motorenbau

    Named after Alex Von Falkenhausen
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    Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing
    Named after Alex Zaffaroni
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    Named after Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher
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    Named after Chris Amon
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    Computer, Electronics industry
    Named after Alan Sugar
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    Named after Artur Antonovich Anatra
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    Andrea Moda Formula

    Named after Andrea Sassetti
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    Malt Beverages, Brewing
    Named after Lilly And Eberhard Anheuser, and Adolphus Busch
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    Named after Annice Summers