Richard Jacobs (businessman)

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Richard E. "Dick" Jacobs (June 16, 1925 – June 5, 2009) was the chairman and chief executive officer of The Richard E. Jacobs Group,[1] a real estate development company that he co-founded with his brother David H. Jacobs. The company builds and leases shopping centers, offices, and hotels. Among its properties are Key Tower and Westgate Mall in Cleveland, Ohio, and Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. His company also built Westland Mall, Northland Mall, and Eastland Mall in Columbus, Ohio.

Along with his brother David H. Jacobs,[2] Jacobs was also well known for owning the Cleveland Indians from 1986 to 1999. Progressive Field, formerly Jacobs Field, in Cleveland bore his family name from its opening in 1994 until early 2008.

Jacobs also owned the Pier House Resort[3] on Duval Street in Key West, Florida.[4]

Jacobs died on June 5, 2009 after a long illness.[5]


  1. ^ Richard E. Jacobs Group, Inc.: Organization. Accessed 2007-05-01.
  2. ^ "David H. Jacobs, 71, a Developer And Owner of Cleveland Indians". The New York Times. 1992-09-19. 
  3. ^ "Richard E. Jacobs Left A Lasting Legacy of Success". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  4. ^ "The Pier House Resort". Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  5. ^ Baranick, Alana; Dolgan, Bob (2009-06-05). "Indians former owner, developer Dick Jacobs dies at 83". The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). Retrieved 2009-06-05. 

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