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Edward DeBartolo

Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation

1948 - 1994

Construction & Real Estate

Military ServiceArmy
1940 b. 1909
UndergraduateUniversity of Notre Dame
Born-Died1909 - 1994
BirthplaceOhio (OH)
FatherOwner, Large Business
Era - 1940

In 1950, DeBartolo built Boardman Plaza in Youngstown, Ohio, considered one of the first suburban malls in the United States. The success of this mall sparked a major investment and development campaign which led to the construction of hundreds of malls in suburban and rural areas. By the mid-1990s, DeBartolo had built over 200 malls in 20 states. As a result of his foresight, DeBartolo is credited as being one of the most instrumental business leaders in the development of suburban America.