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1980 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Joseph S. Bruno*

Honorary Chairman
Bruno's Inc.

"We need a spiritual awakening in this country."

In 1908, Joseph Bruno's parents emigrated from Sicily to Birmingham, Alabama, where Bruno's father worked for the Republic Steel Company, shoveling the mill furnace for $1.25 a day. There were five other boys in his family and two girls when Bruno's father lost his job in the beginning of the Depression. Bruno went to work at age 12 for a neighborhood grocer. In 1931, Joe Bruno opened his own small grocery store. He was a positive thinker who believed that business success is achieved by taking calculated risks. He eventually expanded his store into a chain, and in 1971 took his business public. In 1972, he opened Food World, a giant grocery store. His company's sales exceeded $500 million in one year. Joe Bruno was an officer of many charitable, community, and church organizations.

* Deceased