Earl Graves, Sr, Creator of Black Enterprise, Dies at 85

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Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves Sr. passed away late Monday evening at the age of 85.

An icon in the print magazine business, Graves created an outlet that has continually highlighted the progression of Black Americans since the 1970s by showcasing our unique issues and achievements in business, entrepreneurship and creativity.

Graves was an innovator and trendsetter to put Black business owners on the front page of a major magazine. This inspired so many businesses to launch. In fact, remember Robert Smith, the billionaire CEO of Vista Equity Partners, who paid off ALL Morehouse College seniors student loans? According to Black Enterprise, he admitted that he switched careers to high finance after reading Black Enterprise.