King C. Gillette

Entrepreneur

King C. Gillette was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States on January 5th, 1855 and is the Entrepreneur. At the age of 77, King C. Gillette biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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Date of Birth
January 5, 1855
Nationality
United States
Place of Birth
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, United States
Death Date
Jul 9, 1932 (age 77)
Zodiac Sign
Capricorn
Profession
Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Salesperson
King C. Gillette Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

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King C. Gillette Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
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Alanta Ella Gaines, ​ ​(m. 1890⁠–⁠1932)​
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King C. Gillette Life

King Camp Gillette (January 5, 1855 – July 9, 1932) was an American businessman.

He invented a best selling version of the safety razor.

Several models were in existence before Gillette's design.

Gillette's innovation was the thin, inexpensive, disposable blade of stamped steel.

Gillette is widely credited with inventing the so-called razor and blades business model, where razors are sold cheaply to increase the market for blades, but in fact the Gillette Safety Razor Company only adopted this model after its competitors did.

Personal life

Gillette was also a Utopian Socialist. He published a book titled The Human Drift (1894) which advocated that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public, and that everyone in the US should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls. A later book, World Corporation (1910) was a prospectus for a company set up to create this vision. He offered Theodore Roosevelt the presidency of the company, with a fee of one million dollars. (Roosevelt declined the offer.) Gillette's last book, The People's Corporation (1924), was written with Upton Sinclair and later inspired Glen H. Taylor. Gillette was initiated to the York Rite of Freemasonry, till his elevation to the highest degree of Grand Master.

Gillette married Alanta "Lantie" Ella Gaines (1868–1951) in 1890. They had one child, King Gaines Gillette (1891–1955).

In his later life he traveled extensively and was universally recognized from his picture on the packets of razor blades. People were surprised that he was a real person rather than just a marketing image. A Gillette company history stated that in non-English speaking countries people would often ask for "the kind with the Man's Face" blades.

Around 1922 or 1923, he built a residence at 324 West Overlook Road, in "The Mesa" district of Palm Springs. A 4,800-square-foot (450 m2) main home and 720-square-foot (67 m2) guest house. The homes, sitting on 1-acre (4,000 m2) of land, are what remain of the original estate.

Sometime in the late 1920s, Gillette was known as a frequent guest of Nellie Coffman, proprietor of the Desert Inn in Palm Springs, California. He was often seen wandering about the grounds and lobby in a tattered old bathrobe. When Coffman was asked why she allowed such a lowlife to hang out at her establishment, she responded, "Why that is King C. Gillette. He has practically kept this place in the black the last few years."

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