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King Camp Gillette (January 5, 1855 – July 9, 1932).
Born: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin USA in January 5, 1855.
Died: July 9, 1932 (aged 77) Los Angeles, California.
Patent: November 15, 1904, patent #775,134 for safety 'razor'.
Company found: American Safety Razor Company on September 28, 1901 (changing the company's name to Gillette Safety Razor Company in July 1902).
Product used per day: More than 1,2 billion (630 million men and 400 million women).
In January 2005 Gillette company was acquired by Procter & Gamble for $57 billion USD.
King Camp Gillette was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 1855.
To support himself when the family’s home was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871, Gillette became a traveling salesman. This work led him to William Painter, the inventor of the disposable Crown Cork bottle cap, who assured Gillette that a successful invention was one that was purchased over and over again by satisfied customer.
It took six years for Gillette’s idea to evolve. During that time, technical experts told Gillette that it would be impossible to produce steel that was hard, thin, and inexpensive enough for commercial development of the disposable razor blade. Then in 1901, MIT graduate William Nickerson agreed to try.