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Some Famous People Who Filed Bankruptcy

The Williams Law Office LLC Aug. 15, 2022

Have you worried that filing bankruptcy may brand you as a failure and ruin your financial future? Then just read this list of famous people who had to file bankruptcy for themselves or for one or more of their businesses (some before modern bankruptcy codes were adopted), many of them before they became very successful. Notice that it includes four U.S. Presidents!

The bankruptcy laws were established to give you a fresh start in life, not to ruin it.

  • Henry Ford

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • Ulysses S. Grant

  • William McKinley

  • Harry S. Truman

  • Charles Goodyear

  • Walt Disney

  • Samuel Adams

  • Mark Twain

  • H.J. Heinz

  • Milton S. Hershey

  • Paulo Gucci

  • Donald Trump

  • John James Audubon

  • Dino De Laurentis

  • Rembrandt van Rijn

  • Oscar Wilde

  • Buffalo Bill Cody

  • Matthew Brady

  • Richard Wagner

  • Immanuel Nobel

  • George McGovern

  • John DeLorean

  • R. Buckminster Fuller

  • E. Howard Hunt

  • Nelson Bunker Hunt

  • Johannes Gutenberg

  • Daniel Defoe

  • Miguel de Cervantes

  • George Frideric Handel

  • John Connally

  • William Fox (of 20th Century Fox)

  • P.T. Barnum

  • Francis Ford Coppola

  • Dorothy Hamill

  • Frank Baum (Author of The Wizard of Oz)

  • Bjorn Borg

  • William C. Durant (Founder of GM)