Jon M. Huntsman, Sr

1937 – 2018


On February 2, 2018 we lost our friend and mentor Jon M. Huntsman, a truly outstanding, charitable, and humble man. Jon’s heart, integrity, and compassion easily surpassed the size of his enormous wealth and when it came to conducting business, his word and handshake were stronger than any written contract.


In 2011, Forbes reported that Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. was one of only 19 of the world’s 1,200 billionaires who had donated $1 billion to charity during their lifetime, a trait he had practiced since his much younger days of modest income. His wife Karen shared that early in their marriage she noticed $50 was missing every month from Jon’s monthly $320 paycheck, only to find out that Jon was quietly helping a financially strapped family in the neighborhood. There are so many more examples of quiet charity by Jon that none of us will ever know about. He was simply a man who practiced what he said, and did it with humility.


Jon was a graduate of The Wharton School, where his 1998 gift of $40 Million was the largest personal gift in the school’s history. Since then he has added tens of millions more to his alma mater. But Jon’s largest cause was fighting and trying to find a cure for cancer, and has donated more than $1 billion to fight the disease by creating the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.


On a personal note, Jon had a huge impact on me. He was a gifted man who inspired you to be the best person you could possibly be, and each visit was better than the previous one. There have been many times I found myself with a perplexing challenge asking, “What would Jon Huntsman do in this situation?”.  And I’ve found that tapping into what Jon’s heart would tell him was usually the correct answer. What an amazing man. I will surely will miss him. Billie and I extend our deepest sympathies to Karen and the entire Huntsman family.

— John Resnick


Listen to John’s Interviews with Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.,

Founder of Huntsman Corporation

Jon Huntsman Part 1   Jon Huntsman Part 2


Sara Blakely, Founder



Listen to John’s interview with Sara Blakely, Founder of SPANX

Sara tells John how she struggled to earn a living by selling copy machines door-to-door during the day, and performing stand-up comedy at night. With a total of only $5,000 savings, Sara started SPANX and went on to become America’s youngest self-made female billionaire.  



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Economic Summit

Next Moves in a Global Economy


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L to R – John Resnick; Art Collins, CEO of Medtronic, Inc; Jon Huntsman,

The Huntsman Corporation; Prof. Tom Donaldson, The Wharton School

The Wharton Economic Summit

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Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder
The Home Depot

Listen to John’s interview with Bernie Marcus, Founder of The Home Depot

In April of 1978 at the age of 49, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were abruptly and unfairly fired from their executive positions at home improvement center, Handy Dan’s for “outperforming” a very insecure boss.

Nearly broke and unsure of his next move, Bernie received a surprise call from friend, Ken Langone (see Forbes 400) who encouraged him to pursue a dream Marcus had of building  “warehouse size home improvement stores coast to coast that would revolutionize the industry”.  Langone hit the streets to help raise seed capital from personal investors, and one year later on June 22, 1979 the first  Home Depot store was open for business.



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