Richard E. "Dick" Jacobs (June 16, 1925 – June 5, 2009) was an American businessman and real estate developer who co-founded the Richard E. Jacobs Group.
Richard E. Jacobs
|Born||June 16, 1925|
|Died||June 5, 2009 (aged 83)|
|Education||B.A. Indiana University|
|Occupation||real estate developer|
|Known for||co-founder of the Richard E. Jacobs Group|
Jacobs was born in 1925 in Akron, Ohio In 1943, he served in the Army during World War II. In 1949, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business administration and accepted a job with a development company in Akron. In 1955, he and his brother, David H. Jacobs, started a general contracting company that concentrated on the building of small strip malls. The company grew rapidly and by 1992, the Jacobs Group ranked fourth in the nation in the development and management of enclosed malls owning 40 malls in 16 states outright; they also owned 31 Wendy’s fast-food restaurants and several Marriott hotels. The Jacobs Group company builds and leases shopping centers, offices, and hotels. Among its properties are Key Tower and Westgate Mall in Cleveland, Ohio, and Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. His company also built Westland Mall, Northland Mall, and Eastland Mall in Columbus, Ohio.
Along with his brother, Jacobs was also well known for owning the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1986 to 1999. Progressive Field, formerly Jacobs Field, in Cleveland bore his family name from its opening in 1994 until early 2008. Jacob's tenure as Indians owner marked one of the team's most successful periods, having reached the World Series on two occasions (1995, and 1997), and winning divisional championships in five consecutive seasons (1995-1999).
The Germanic first or given name Richard derives from the old Germanic words "ric" (ruler, leader, king, powerful) and "hard" (strong, brave, hardy), and it therefore means "strong in rule". Nicknames include "Richy", "Dick", "Dickie", "Rich", "Richie", "Rick", "Ricky", and others.
"Richard" is a common male name in many Germanic languages, including English, German, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, and Dutch. It is also often used as a French, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Finnish, or Estonian name.Richard Jacobs
Richard Jacobs may refer to:
Richard Jacobs (businessman) (1925–2009), co-founder of The Richard E. Jacobs Group; former owner of the Cleveland Indians
Richard Jacobs (rabbi) (born 1956), U.S. Reform rabbi
Dick Jacobs (1918–1988), American musician
Rich Jacobs (born 1972), American artist
Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of the Courage Campaign
Members of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame