Pitt Hyde

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Joseph Reeves Hyde III (born 1942), known as Pitt Hyde,[1][2] is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist in Memphis, Tennessee. He is best known for founding AutoZone as a spinoff of his family's grocery business, Malone and Hyde, in 1979.[2] Hyde is also a part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.[3]

Hyde graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in economics.[4] He is a member of Presbyterian Church [5] and studied in Presbyterian Day School.[6]


  1. ^ "J.R. "Pitt" Hyde III (1942-)". Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Our History". Hyde Family Foundations. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Williams, David (27 March 2008). "Grizzlies partners truly in minority". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Eng, Dinah (August 12, 2013). "Putting Autozone into Drive". Fortune. 168 (3): 17–18. 
  5. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=44280852
  6. ^ http://www.martininstitute.org/about/presbyterian-day-schoolmemphis-tn.html