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Dave Bing

The Detroit Pistons guard, a Hall of Famer, started dreaming of business ideas while he was still in the NBA. In 1980, two years after his retirement, he created Bing Steel, a tiny manufacturing company in Detroit. Bing convinced General Motors to work with him and within five years the company was making millions. Bing Steel grew to become the tenth largest African-American-owned industrial company in America, and has since evolved into Bing Group, a massive conglomerate that has racked up hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Bing was also elected mayor of Detroit in 2009.


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