Zev Siegl

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Zev Siegl (born December 28, 1942 in Alameda, California) is an American entrepreneur.

Early life[edit]

Zev Siegl was born to a Jewish American family[1][2][3] on December 28, 1942 in Alameda, California.


In 1971 Zev Sigel, teacher Jerry Baldwin, and writer Gordon Bowker established Starbucks Coffee Company and opened the original store in Seattle, Washington.[4] Siegl, a former history teacher, was the only paid employee in the early days of the company.[citation needed] After ten years as Vice President[citation needed] he left Starbucks in 1980, which by then had expanded to six Seattle-area stores and a wholesale business.[5]

Zev Siegl is also a founder of Quatermaine Coffee Roasters in Washington, DC, Peerless Pie in Seattle, and BuckleUp, later renamed Socialbeesstrategy.com.[citation needed]

From 2004 until mid-2012 he served as the Lead Advisor of the Small Business Development Center for Southwest King County (Seattle).[6]

Siegl is also known for his philanthropy; he frequently donates to Israeli and Jewish funds.

Personal life[edit]

Siegl lives in Seattle, Washington.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sandy Rashty (Feb 21, 2014). "Mr Start-up spills the beans on Starbucks' success — and defends tax avoidance row". The JC.
  2. ^ Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum Of The Jewish People. "The Jewish Community of Seattle".
  3. ^ Jewish Daily Forward: "The Secret Jewish History of the Coffee Cup (Starbucks and Otherwise)" by Eric Schulmiller April 10, 2014
  4. ^ Cassia, Lucio (2006). Entrepreneurial Strategy: emerging businesses in declining industries. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. p. 164. ISBN 1845421973. OCLC 61478826.
  5. ^ Bearne, Suzanne (2016-12-09). "Starbucks co-founder: 'We thought we'd have a couple of stores'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  6. ^ "Serving up crepes and conviviality | WSU News | Washington State University". WSU News. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2017-08-03.

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