Jack Weil

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Jack Weil
Born(1901-03-28)March 28, 1901
DiedAugust 13, 2008(2008-08-13) (aged 107)
OccupationFounder and CEO of Rockmount Ranch Wear

Jack Arnold Weil (March 28, 1901 – August 13, 2008) was the founder and CEO of the Denver-based Western clothing manufacturer Rockmount Ranch Wear and was believed to be the oldest working CEO in the United States.[1]

Weil was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1901. In 1926, Weil (also known as Papa or "Papa Jack") married Beatrice Baum, and two years later the couple moved to Denver, Colorado, with their newborn son, Jack B. Seven years later, their daughter, Jane, was born, and in 1946, Weil rented a space at 1626 Wazee Street in Denver and set about trying to create a fashionable yet practical identity for the western ranchers of the region.[1] Rockmount's fashions were featured prominently in the 2005 Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain. Weil had five grandchildren—Greg, Gail, Janet, Steven, and Judy—all of whom worked at some point for the company. His grandson, Steven Weil, now runs the operation. Weil also had ten great-grandchildren, eight girls and three boys.

Weil was well known for coining the phrase "The West is not a place, it is a state of mind." He was the first person to put snaps on Western shirts, patented the saw-tooth pocket design seen on many Western shirts, and is credited with inventing the bolo tie.

Weil's wife died in 1990, followed by his son Jack B. in 2008.[2]

He claimed to have quit smoking at age 60, drinking at age 90 and eating red meat at 100.[3] However, Weil said he had a shot of Jack Daniel's twice a week for "medicinal purposes," specifically, to keep his blood thin.[1]

Weil died at home, surrounded by family, on August 13, 2008.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c d Shanley, Will (March 27, 2007). "Rockmount's chief turns 106". Denver Post. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  2. ^ Haimeri, Ami (January 29, 2008). Western wear innovator Jack B. dies. CNNMoney
  3. ^ "The World's oldest CEO?". Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
  4. ^ Ensslin, John C. (August 13, 2008). "Oldest working CEO Jack Weil dies at 107". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  5. ^ Ivan Moreno (14 August 2008). "Denver Western wear maker Jack Weil dies at 107". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (August 14, 2008). Jack A. Weil, the Cowboy’s Dresser, Dies at 107. New York Times