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Sat Nov 28, 2020, 06:52 AM

Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Source: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to transform the city’s downtown area, has died. He was 46.

Hsieh was with family when he died Friday, according to a statement from DTP Companies, which he founded. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio said Hsieh passed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported. Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, told news outlets that Hsieh had been injured in a house fire while visiting Connecticut. Additional details weren’t immediately released. An official cause of death wasn’t announced.

...Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after 20 years leading the company. The online shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday. “The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,” the statement said. “His spirit will forever be a part of Zappos.”

Hsieh was a Harvard University graduate who joined the company — then called ShoeSite.com — in 1999. Zappos was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009, but Hsieh had remained with the company until his retirement. For years, he also worked to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, pledging $350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. The same year he moved Zappos’ headquarters into the former Las Vegas City Hall building.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/904fbc743e814485d635000369494fda

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BeyondGeography Nov 28 OP
soothsayer Nov 28 #1
UpInArms Nov 28 #2
dalton99a Nov 28 #3
BusyBeingBest Nov 28 #4
BobTheSubgenius Nov 28 #5
iluvtennis Nov 28 #6
Tiger8 Nov 28 #7
BigmanPigman Nov 28 #8
Raine Nov 28 #9
Sherman A1 Nov 29 #10
nsd Nov 29 #11

Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 07:49 AM

1. Jeez

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:27 AM

2. So much promise

cut so short

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 09:59 AM

3. Sold his first company to Microsoft for $265 million when he was 24 years old

Unbelievable talent. R.I.P.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 10:45 AM

4. Weird. And sad.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 11:18 AM

5. An incredible life that I'd never heard of before now.

I wonder how that's possible.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 11:43 AM

6. Rest in Peace Tony Hsieh, you were taken too soon.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 05:33 PM

7. A house fire?

It is a tragedy to die in the prime of life, but especially so with a house fire.

No further details were available, but I’ve always feared this happening to me, and especially living in multi unit dwellings with smokers, space heaters, faulty wiring and people who disable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Sumner Redstone was another billionaire who almost died in a hotel fire. He described clinging for life, to the outside window frame several stories above....as the flames and heat ate away at his fingers. He suffered severe burns over his body, and lucky he survived.

It’s a reminder to us all....

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Response to Tiger8 (Reply #7)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 06:59 PM

8. I have always felt that burning is the worst way to die...so painful.

Poor guy didn't deserve that kind of ending. Horrible.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 08:36 PM

9. What a sad thing

R-I-P Tony Hsieh

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Sun Nov 29, 2020, 08:32 AM

10. Sad

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Response to BeyondGeography (Original post)

Sun Nov 29, 2020, 02:43 PM

11. He sounds like a good guy.

He was thinking creatively about how to make the workplace fun and equitable, and respectful of human dignity.

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