118. Rein­hold Sch­mied­ing


Sch­mied­ing’s Arthrex, a maker of or­tho­pe­dic sur­gi­cal tools, has de­vel­oped over 11,000 prod­ucts used in shoul­der, hip and other joint operations. His fam­ily (his fa­ther was a den­tist) ini­tially wanted him to be­come a doc­tor. His alma mater, Michi­gan State, re­cruited him as a golfer. At school he was also so­cial chair­man of his fra­ter­nity, Delta Chi, which he cred­its for giv­ing him “so­cial and or­ga­ni­za­tional skills” he later used in busi­ness. He started his busi­ness in Ger­many be­fore re­turn­ing to the U.S.

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