1993 Horatio Alger Award Winner
"Success is always possible for people who are willing to work."
John Fisher was born in 1929 in Portsmouth, Ohio. Prior to age 12, he was selling magazines; and when he was old enough to become a paper boy, he worked two routes. During high school, he worked in a grocery store, then in a shoe factory. His first full-time job was as a boilermaker. Laid off during a strike, Fisher became a sales management trainee and then sold door to door. Leaving Portsmouth to continue his education, he sold vacuum cleaners part time and worked other jobs. Eventually, he went to work for Farm Bureau Insurance, which became Nationwide in 1955. Starting as a trainee in 1951, he moved up the corporate ladder, becoming general chairman and CEO in 1981.* Deceased