Forbes India 15th Anniversary Special

The class of 1917: Others born in the same year as Forbes

From JFK to the Soviets, the people, places and companies born the same year as Forbes

Published: Oct 27, 2017 08:57:56 AM IST
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 12:39:40 PM IST

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John F Kennedy

35th President of the United States (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 US 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’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 US. Since WW II, it has met on schedule the huge debts thrust upon it by Russia.”
—“Fact and Comment” (October 15, 1976)

Phillips Petroleum
“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)

The class of 1917: Others born in the same year as Forbes Lincoln Motor Company

“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

“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/USSR

“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)

(This story appears in the 10 November, 2017 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)