Ewing Marion Kauffman
Ewing Kauffman owned the Kansas City Royals from their inception in 1969 until his death. A billionaire for his investment in pharmaceuticals, Kauffman saw the club go from an expansion franchise to a perennial American League contender. The club reached the postseason seven times in the 1970s and 1980s and won the World Series in 1985. Kauffman died in 1993, shortly before his death Royals Stadium was renamed Kauffman Stadium in his honor.
After attending junior college, Kauffman entered the navy in 1942. He was discharged after World War II and went to work for a pharmaceutical firm. Two years later he started Marion Laboratories in his basement.