Charles G. Bluhdorn
From 1960 to 1965, Gulf and Western’s growth was largely through expansion of its auto parts business. In 1965, Bluhdorn began to move toward diversification. He acquired such companies as New Jersey Zinc Company, Paramount Pictures, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company and the Consolidated Cigar Corporation. By 1970, the company had become the 64th largest industrial corporation in America with annual sales of $1.6 billion, assets of over $4 billion and some 85,000 employees.