John Richard Simplot was an American entrepreneur and businessman best known as the founder of the J. R. Simplot Company, a Boise, Idaho based agricultural supplier specializing in potato products. In 2007, he was estimated to be the 89th-richest person in the United States, at $3.6 billion. At the time of his death at age 99 in May 2008, he was the oldest billionaire on the Forbes 400.
The J. R. Simplot Company (commonly referred to as Simplot) was founded in 1929 by 20-year-old John Richard Simplot near the small agricultural community of Declo in south central Idaho, United States. During the early 1940s the business expanded, serving the military dehydrated onions and potatoes during World War II.
Our founder J.R. ‘Jack’ Simplot began his colorful career in 1923, near the small farming community of Declo, Idaho, when he quit school to go into business on his own. He was only 14 years old. Jack poured seemingly boundless energy into many endeavors to grow his young business.
Shortly after beginning his new venture, Simplot learned of an electrically driven potato sorter that was invented in a machine shop in eastern Idaho, the first of its kind in the state. Simplot visited the machine shop, took a look at the new piece of time-saving machinery, then convinced the proprietors to make a duplicate, which Simplot and ...
Oct 09, 2018 · The Ex-Director of J.R. Simplot and team leader at Monsanto, Caius Rommens, has revealed the hidden dangers of the GMO potatoes he created, in a wide ranging interview for Sustainable Pulse, on the same day that his book ‘Pandora’s Potatoes: The Worst GMOs’ was released on Amazon.
Dec 15, 1991 · As World War II drew near, Simplot's star was rising. Officially, there still was no J.R. Simplot Co., and the frozen french fry that Simplot would later ride to glory was still unknown. But, at 32 years old, he owned some 30,000 acres of farm and grazing land and 33 potato warehouses scattered from Blackfoot in the east to Vale, Ore., in the west.
The house was built for J.R. and Esther Simplot in 1979. J.R. was a potato farmer who later became ranked as the 89th richest man in America in 2007. Boise may have had humble beginnings, but the Simplot’s legacy created grandeur in little Boise City. Their home is known by locals of every age.
Oct 24, 2016 · The Simplot family made a decision in 1910 to move 1000 miles west of their home in Dubuque, Iowa to a homestead in the newly irrigated Magic Valley of Idaho. That decision would impact Idaho history. Their son J.R. would grow up to be a billionaire in the potato business.
The Simplot brand began to take shape in the farm fields of southern Idaho in the late 1920s. Young J.R. struck out on his own at age 14, set on entering the agriculture business. While he had just an eighth-grade education, he was armed with keen entrepreneurial instincts, constant curiosity, boundless energy and an irrepressible drive.
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