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In 1971 Zev Sigel, teacher Jerry Baldwin, and writer Gordon Bowker established Starbucks Coffee Company and opened the original store in Seattle, Washington. Siegl, a former history teacher, was the only paid employee in the early days of the company. After ten years as Vice President he left Starbucks in 1980, which by then had expanded to six Seattle-area stores and a wholesale business.
Siegl is also known for his philanthropy; he frequently donates to Israeli and Jewish funds.
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