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1950 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Charles Revson*

Chairman of the Board & President
Revlon Corporation

"Be creative in your chosen field and be a perfectionist in all fields."

Charles Revson was born in 1906 in Montreal, Quebec, but raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, where his father worked as a cigar roller. After graduating from high school, Revson moved to Boston and went to work for a cosmetics company. When he failed to get a promotion he thought he deserved, he went into business for himself, partnering with his brother, Martin Revson, and chemist Charles Lachman. In 1932, the company specialized in nail polish. Later, the product line was expanded to include make-up and perfume. Revson served as president of the company from 1932 to 1962, and then as chairman until his death in 1975. Today, Revlon, a world leader in cosmetics, skin care, and fragrance, is sold in 175 countries.

* Deceased