THE CLASS OF 1917

From JFK to Fin­land: peo­ple, places and com­pa­nies born the same year as Forbes.

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John F. Kennedy 35TH PRES­I­DENT ( 1917–1963)

“There is no rea­son for busi­ness­men or in­vestors to panic at the thought of a Kennedy vic­tory. Nixon in the White House would be re­as­sur­ing to ev­ery­one who be­lieves in a sound dol­lar. But there is no rea­son to be­lieve that Kennedy in the White House would be fa­tal to the pros­per­ity that this coun­try has en­joyed since the end of World War II.”

—“The Eco­nomic Con­se­quences of Se­na­tor Kennedy” (Novem­ber 1, 1960)

Indira Gandhi

PRIME MIN­IS­TER OF IN­DIA ( 1917–1984)

“For rea­sons nei­ther we nor the many world lead­ers to whom I’ve talked are able to fathom, there are some peo­ple in the U.S. who think a strong and in­de­pen­dent In­dia doesn’t fit into their global strat­egy.” —“In­dia” (March 1, 1973)

Henry Ford II

CHAIR­MAN OF FORD MO­TOR COM­PANY ( 1917–1987)

“Young Henry came into the busi­ness with a fresh ap­proach. He had no prej­u­dice against nor fa­voritism for any par­tic­u­lar depart­ment. His de­sire is to build the kind of a car the most peo­ple want as ef­fi­ciently as it can be done.”

—“Men of Achieve­ment” (De­cem­ber 1, 1947)

Fer­di­nand Mar­cos PRES­I­DENT OF THE PHILIP­PINES ( 1917–1989)

“To over­throw Mar­cos has been the great goal of the Philip­pine Red bri­gades and brig­ands. So when Mar­cos lost the elec­tion and sought to hold the of­fice by force, who was the first govern­ment of­fi­cially to rec­og­nize his ‘win,’ to ca­ble him con­grat­u­la­tions? The Soviet Union.”

—“Fact and Com­ment” (March 24, 1986)

Ella Fitzger­ald SINGER ( 1917–1996)

“Big-name en­ter­tain­ers don’t come cheap. An even­ing with Ella Fitzger­ald backed by a 15-piece or­ches­tra runs around $25,000 or so; while Bob Hope re­port­edly is now ask­ing $40,000 for a 45-minute per­for­mance.” —“Two on the Aisle” (Oc­to­ber 30, 1978)

Kirk Kerko­rian

CEO OF TRACINDA COR­PO­RA­TION ( 1917– 2015)

“A good many peo­ple are mys­ti­fied by Las Ve­gas ty­coon Kirk Kerko­rian’s ten­der of­fer for moviemak­ing Metro-gold­wyn-mayer, which has been deep in the red and has had few hits lately. Is it the real es­tate he’s af­ter? The glam­our of show biz? Kerko­rian is a bit of a mys­tery man, and the whole thing seemed a mys­tery of sorts to the press.” —“The Glint in Kirk’s Eye” (Au­gust 15, 1969)

Cas­par Wein­berger SEC­RE­TARY OF DE­FENSE/ PUB­LISHER OF FORBES ( 1917– 2006)

“As Nixon’s top man at the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion, Cas­par Wein­berger isn’t likely to make ei­ther the busi­ness­men or the re­form­ers en­tirely happy.” —“Man in the Mid­dle” (Fe­bru­ary 1, 1970)

Fin­land

( 1917– PRESENT)

“Fin­land’s a neat coun­try in every sense of the word. This gutsy, small land of 5 mil­lion hardy souls fought Stalin’s in­vaders to a stand­still un­til sheer num­bers alone over­whelmed them. And through the Thir­ties’ de­pres­sion years, Fin­land alone paid its debts to the U.S. Since WW II, it has met on sched­ule the huge debts thrust upon it by Rus­sia.”

—“Fact and Com­ment” (Oc­to­ber 15, 1976)

Phillips Petroleum ( 1917– 2002)

“It takes time to find and de­velop crude re­serves. ‘I’d like to be self-suf­fi­cient in crude to­mor­row at seven o’clock,’ says [CEO Bill] Keeler with a smile. ‘I don’t think it’s go­ing to hap­pen then, but I think I’m go­ing to be able to do it in three years.’ ”

— “My Time Is Run­ning Out” (July 1, 1970)

Lin­coln Mo­tor Com­pany ( 1917– PRESENT)

“Henry Ford be­came the owner of the Lin­coln Mo­tor Com­pany when his bid of $8,000,000, the only one sub­mit­ted, was ac­cepted at a re­ceiver’s sale.”

—“Other Im­por­tant Items” (Fe­bru­ary 18, 1922)

Na­tional Hockey League ( 1917– PRESENT)

“Pro­fes­sional hockey has al­ways been a col­li­sion sport, but lately the Na­tional Hockey League has been try­ing to tone down the sport’s vi­o­lent im­age.”

—“Bal­let Ver­sus Brawl” (Novem­ber 4, 1985)

Soviet Rus­sia/u.s.s.r. ( 1917–1991)

“So it was that Rus­sia fell into the hands of these two am­bi­tious crea­tures, Lenin and Trot­sky. There are some who think that af­ter the Bol­she­viki will come another Czar, and then the free­dom that we thought we had will be but a le­gend. To­day Rus­sia is in ru­ins. If you had given us 50,000 sol­diers there would have been no Bol­she­vism.”

—“Bol­she­vism As It Is” (March 8, 1919)

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