Dean White (businessman)

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Dean White
Dean Victor White

1923 (1923)
Died (aged 93)
Net worth$2.5 billion (September 2016)[1]
Spouse(s)Barbara White

Dean Victor White[2] (1923 – September 14, 2016) was an American billionaire entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

White was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, United States,[3] and grew up in Crown Point, Indiana. His father challenged him to "make a million dollars by your 40th birthday". White claimed that he'd "missed, at the most, 12 days of work since 1946."[citation needed]


In 1946, he joined his father's billboard business, Whiteco Advertising Company, and took over in 1952. White sold his billboard business to Chancellor for $960 million in 1998. As of September 2016, he had a net worth of $2.5 billion.[1]

A major Republican donor, White donated $1 million to American Crossroads in the 2012 campaign cycle. He supported numerous Indiana Republicans, including Brian Bosma, and also donated money to the House Republican Campaign Committee of Indiana.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Barbara had four children, Bruce, Chris, Craig and Cindy. Bruce White heads up White Lodging and sits on the boards of the University of Chicago Hospitals and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.[3] Dean White died on September 14, 2016 at the age of 93.[5] The Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation has supported the Indiana State Museum.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Dean White profile". Forbes. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dean White Obituary - Crown Point, IN | The Indianapolis Star". 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  3. ^ a b c Granito, Alison (October 15, 2005). "The richest man you've never heard of". Crain's. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  4. ^ Auch Schultz, Teresa (February 7, 2012). "Whiteco gives $1 million to Romney 'super PAC'". Chicago Post-Tribune. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Region billionaire Dean White dead at 93,; accessed September 15, 2016.

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