Axel Wenner-Gren

Entrepreneur + Cleaner + Domestic
Born Jun 5, 1881
Died Nov 24, 1961

Axel Lennart Wenner-Gren was a Swedish entrepreneur and one of the wealthiest men in the world during the 1930s. The basis of Wenner-Gren's fortune was his early appreciation that the industrial vacuum cleaner could be adapted for domestic use.

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1881 Birth Born in 1881.


1941 60 Years Old 1 More Event
Wenner-Gren also founded and endowed The Viking Fund in 1941, an organization supporting anthropological research.
1952 71 Years Old …  In November 1952, Wenner-Gren helped the company to incorporate. … Read More
1959 78 Years Old Among Wenner-Gren's other interests were monorail train systems. His company, ALWEG, built the original Disneyland Monorail System in 1959 and the Seattle Center Monorail in 1962.
1961 80 Years Old Died in 1961.
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