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What do tiny picture frames and Hobby Lobby have in common?
Back in 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to finance a miniature picture frame business that they ran out of their living room. Today, David and his family own 100% of the company’s 791 superstores across the U.S.A.
With an estimated worth of $4.5 billion, Green ranks No. 79 on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans. The company’s corporate headquarters include a 9.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution, and office complex in Oklahoma City.
Taking his spiritual belief system to work
David lives his Sunday spiritual beliefs all week long. The Green family considers it an honor and a mission to provide the funds needed to help build and further evangelical ministries and colleges. In fact, in the U.S., Green’s donations have resulted in dozens of churches and Christian universities. Since 1999, Green has spent over $300 million donating about 50 properties.
Abroad, Green has distributed nearly 1.4 billion copies of Gospel literature in more than 100 countries, mostly in Africa and Asia. Along with the bibles and Christian literature, he also provides food to families in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Hobby Lobby is a Christian company in every sense, stores are closed on Sundays, forgoing revenue to give employees time to worship.
It’s a family business
David’s three children are executives and several of his grandchildren have already joined the Hobby Lobby company.
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