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Reginald Lewis: A Wall Street Titan Who Broke Records Making a Billion-Dollar Empire

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TheStreet's video series Black History, Wall Street, and Beyond celebrates Wall Street titan Reginald F. Lewis.

Businessman and philanthropist, Lewis excelled at major endeavors from his childhood and later achieved one of the most successful Wall Street careers in history.

In 1987, he secured the largest leveraged buyout of overseas assets when he outbid Citigroup  (C) - Get Citigroup Inc. Report in the purchase of Beatrice Foods for $985 million, the largest deal of its kind at the time.

By 1992, he had turned the company around to earn over $1.8 billion in sales annually making it the first Black-owned business to generate that amount.

TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc. became part of the Fortune 500 and was first on the Black Enterprise List of Top 100 African American owned businesses.

The spirit of giving back was equally important to Lewis. He was counsel to the New York-based Commission for Racial Justice successfully representing and overturning the wrongful convictions and imprisonment of the Wilmington Ten.

More on the prolific life of Reginald F. Lewis can be found in the PBS feature documentary, 'Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire' and also on the website:

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