Famous Bankruptcy Filers

famousfilersBankruptcy can be a lonely place for many. Thoughts of failure abound. However, some very famous people have filed bankruptcy or sought legal protection for financial reorganization. The majority of these individuals achieved their greatest successes long after their financial problems were behind them. Many of these people were huge risk takers. Often times in life we find the people who are willing to take risks and experience failure, are those that go on to achieve the very greatest successes. Indeed, it is safe to say behind every great success story, one can find a history of failures. It is part of what makes us human. Below is a sampling of some of these notable figures. If you are considering a bankruptcy, you can rest assured you would be among some very good company.

  • PT Barnum, circus promoter
  • L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”
  • Kim Basinger, actress
  • Lorraine Bracco, actress
  • Mathew Brady, Civil War photographer
  • William Cody, (Buffalo Bill) old west hero
  • Gary Coleman, actor
  • John Connally, Texas governor
  • Walt Disney, cartoonist
  • Mick Fleetwood, rock singer
  • Henry Ford, auto magnate
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, entertainer
  • Charles Goodyear, tire magnate
  • Ulysses S. Grant, president
  • Merle Haggard, country singer
  • MC Hammer, rap singer
  • Dorothy Hamill, Olympic figure skater
  • Henry Heinz, ketchup magnate
  • Milton Hershey, chocolate magnate
  • Michael Jackson, singer
  • Thomas Jefferson, president
  • Larry King, broadcasting journalist
  • Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner
  • Stan Lee, creator of “Spider Man”
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, rock singer
  • Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
  • Willie Nelson, country singer
  • Wayne Newton, entertainer
  • Rembrandt, painter
  • Burt Reynolds, actor
  • Debbie Reynolds, actress
  • Mickey Rooney, actor
  • Donald Trump, entrepreneur
  • Mark Twain, writer
  • Mike Tyson, boxer
  • Johnny Unitas, football player
  • Michael Vick, football player
  • Oscar Wilde, playwright

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