Pioneers Turned Millionaires

Mondays, on Smithsonian Channel

Meet five inventive, courageous, and hardworking entrepreneurs, who led the charge during one of the most exciting eras in economic history. Levi Strauss, Henry E. Steinway, William E. Boeing, John Jacob Astor and Henry J. Heinz changed the way the world eats, dresses, plays and travels. They each left Germany hoping to find a better life in America and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Relive the tragedies and the triumphs that made them millions while leaving a major imprint on American culture.

Mondays, on Smithsonian Channel

Meet five inventive, courageous, and hardworking entrepreneurs, who led the charge during one of the most exciting eras in economic history. Levi Strauss, Henry E. Steinway, William E. Boeing, John Jacob Astor and Henry J. Heinz changed the way the world eats, dresses, plays and travels. They each left Germany hoping to find a better life in America and they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Relive the tragedies and the triumphs that made them millions while leaving a major imprint on American culture.

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A profile of William Edward Boeing (1881-1956), who founded the Boeing Co. in 1916.

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s1e5 William Edward Boeing
December 4, 2011
A profile of William Edward Boeing (1881-1956), who founded the Boeing Co. in 1916.
Jeans maker Levi Strauss (1829-1902) is profiled.

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s1e4 Levi Strauss
November 27, 2011
Jeans maker Levi Strauss (1829-1902) is profiled.
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s1e1 Henry John Heinz
November 6, 2011
November 6, 2011
Henry John Heinz
Series Premiere
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s1e2 Henry E. Steinway
November 13, 2011
November 13, 2011
Henry E. Steinway
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s1e3 John Jacob Astor
November 20, 2011
November 20, 2011
John Jacob Astor
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s1e4 Levi Strauss
November 27, 2011
November 27, 2011
Levi Strauss
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s1e5 William Edward Boeing
December 4, 2011
December 4, 2011
William Edward Boeing

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