Lee Shubert
Shubert and his brothers broke the Klaw-Erlanger Syndicate which controlled 95 percent of all theaters in the United States at the turn of the century. Beginning with a few theaters in New York and Connecticut, the Shuberts went on to build one of the largest theater production companies in the world. In fact, they were so successful, that the Shubert Theater Company was itself accused of monopolistic practices in the fifties. The Shuberts built their company by appealing to the common man; they staged plays and vaudeville acts that were considered low brow by theatrical standards, but immensely popular with the general public.