Meet Bernie Marcus, the 90-year-old billionaire founder of Home Depot, who is a major Trump donor and plans on giving most of his $5.9 billion fortune away
Taylor Nicole RogersJul 23, 2019, 19:34 IST
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Bernie Marcus cofounded Home Depot, the world's largest home improvement retailer, according to the company's website.
Marcus sparked a boycott of the home improvement retailer after telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he would financially support President Trump's 2020 reelection bid in July 2019, Business Insider previously reported.
Marcus has a net worth of $5.9 billion, Forbes estimates.
Bernie Marcus cofounded Home Depot in 1978 after he was fired from his job at a home improvement business, according to Forbes.
Today, Marcus is known as one of the most influential philanthropists in the southern US. Marcus and his wife Billi funded the opening of the Georgia Aquarium, an autism center and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Marcus was also one of Trump's largest donors in 2016, giving $7 million to Trump's campaign through outside groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
In July 2019, Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he would continue to financially support President Trump's campaign. As Business Insider previously reported, the news sparked outrage among many Home Depot customers, some of whom said they were boycotting the store and cutting up their credit cards in reaction to the announcement.
Marcus didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.