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1942 (age 71–72)
Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, Philippines
|Known for||businesswoman, philanthropist, civic leader, motivational speaker, author, and lawyer.|
Loida Nicolas Lewis (born 1942) is a Filipino-born American businesswoman, who is the widow of TLC Beatrice founder, CEO, Reginald F. Lewis.
Loida Nicolas Lewis served as Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice International, a $2 billion multinational food company with operations all across Europe, from 1994-2000. She assumed the leadership of one of the largest companies in the U.S. after the death of her husband, the African-American, Wall Street financier Reginald F. Lewis.
Currently, Mrs. Lewis is Chair and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, a family investment firm.
Lewis served as an informal adviser and confidant to her late husband, Reginald F. Lewis, TLC Beatrice’s first chairman and CEO. TLC Beatrice was the successor to the international operations of Beatrice Foods.
Lewis earned a law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1960, and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1968.
Lewis was the first Asian American to pass the American Bar (in 1974) without having been educated in the United States.
She worked for the Law Students Civil Right Research Council in New York in 1969, Manhattan Legal Services from 1970-3, and as an attorney for the Immigration and Naturalization Services from 1979-90.
Early life and personal life
Born and raised in the Sorsogon City, Philippines.
She attended St. Agnes Academy (formerly Academia de Sta. Ines), and graduated cum laude from St. Theresa's College, a private, Roman Catholic women's college in Manila, Philippines (that location has since closed).
Nicolas-Lewis met her husband-to-be Reginald F. Lewis on a blind date in New York in 1968, and married on 16 August 1969 in Manila.
Reginald Lewis acquired Beatrice International in December 1987 in a $985 million leveraged buyout, creating the largest African American-owned company in the United States.
The family moved to Paris in 1990. Lewis has spoken to audiences around the United States and the world to promote the biography of her late husband, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?….How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire.'
She currently resides in New York City.
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