Reginald Lewis

The First African-American to Build a Billion-Dollar Company

Reginald F. Lewis was born on December 7th, 1942, in Baltimore, Maryland. From an early age, Lewis grew up in a tight-knit family that nurtured a sound education and a strong work ethic. 

In 1965, Lewis received an opportunity to attend a summer school program at Harvard Law School, which introduced a select number of Black students to their legal studies. Leaving such a remarkable impression, Harvard Law School invited him to attend that fall. To this day, Reginald Lewis is the only person to get accepted to Harvard Law School without applying.

After graduating and studying Corporate Law, Lewis received a job from one of the top New York Law firms. After 15 years of practicing corporate law, Lewis decided to start his very own investment company, the TLC Group. In 1992, the company had sales of over $1.8 billion annually, making it the first black-owned business to generate a billion dollars in annual sales. 

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