Bernard Marcus

Born: 
1929

Bernard "Bernie" Marcus is an American pharmacist and retail entrepreneur. He co-founded Home Depot and was the company's first CEO; he served as Chairman of the Board until retiring in 2002. He has also been an active philanthropist. Marcus heavily contributed to the launch of the Georgia Aquarium, which opened in downtown Atlanta, Georgia in 2005. Based mostly on the US$250M million donation for the Aquarium, Marcus and his wife, Billi, were listed among the top charitable donors in the country by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in 2005. Bernie Marcus also funded and founded The Marcus Institute, a center of excellence for the provision of comprehensive services for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. In May 2005, Marcus was awarded the Others Award by the Salvation Army, its highest honor. Marcus is currently chairman of the Marcus Foundation, whose focuses include children, medical research, free enterprise, Jewish causes, and the community. Marcus is on the Board of Directors and an active volunteer for the Shepherd Center. His main focus is in providing care for war veterans with traumatic brain injuries. He was named a Georgia Trustee in 2009. The award is given by the Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the Governor of Georgia, to individuals whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees, which governed the Georgia colony from 1732 to 1752. In 2012, Marcus was awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot
  • Chairman of the Marcus Foundation
  • Awarded the highest award by the Salvation Army
  • Nominated as a Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society
  • Recipient of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership