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Lee Iacocca
Lee Iacocca at the White House in 1993.jpg
Iacocca at the White House in September 1993
Born
Lido Anthony Iacocca

(1924-10-15)October 15, 1924
Died July 2, 2019(2019-07-02) (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Lehigh University
Princeton University
Occupation Businessman
Former Chrysler Chairman
Former Ford President
Years active 1946–1992
Spouse(s)
Mary McCleary
(m. 1956; died 1983)

Peggy Johnson
(m. 1986; annulled 1987)

Darrien Earle
(m. 1991; div. 1994)
Children 2

Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca (/ˌ.əˈkkə/ EYE-ə-KOH-kə; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019) was an American automobile executive and writer. He was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Iacocca created the Ford Pinto in 1971 and the Ford Mustang in 1964. He was best known for his time as chairman of the Chrysler Corporation from 1979 until his retirement in 1992. From 1970 to 1978, he was President of the Ford Motor Company.

Iacocca studied at Lehigh University and at Princeton University.

Governor Robert P. Casey wanted to make Iacocca a United States Senator after John Heinz's death, but Iacocca declined. Iacocca was an Independent who supported the presidential bids of George W. Bush, John Kerry, Bill Richardson and Mitt Romney. He considered running for President in 1988, but declined.

Portfolio named Iacocca the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time.

In 1984, he released his autobiography. In 2007, Iacocca released Where Have All the Leaders Gone?, a New York Times bestseller.

Iacocca died on July 2, 2019 at his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California at the age of 94. The cause was problems from Parkinson's disease.

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