Big Companies You Didn’t Know Were Founded And Led By U.S. Veterans

Navigating the job market as a civilian can be tough for veterans once they leave the military. Veterans may have a difficult time finding a position that maximizes the skills that they learned while serving. The CEOs and business owners on this list found a way to harness their leadership skills and not only survive but thrive in their careers. They built and led billion dollar businesses that top the list of the most successful companies in the world. Some of the richest men in the world are decorated fighter pilots, Army captains, and Vietnam veterans.

The CEO Of Johnson & Johnson Is A West Point Graduate

Photo: Johnson & Johnson/Gilbert Carrasquillo
Photo: Johnson & Johnson/Gilbert Carrasquillo

Alex Gorsky is Johnson & Johnson’s seventh Chairman and CEO and is also a graduate of West Point. Gorsky graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1982, serving as a U.S. Army Ranger. He said, “It was challenging and rewarding at the same time. I learned a lot about leadership, service and the important role the academy has in shaping future leaders of our country.”

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s largest independent biotech company, valued at $346.1 billion. As Chairman and CEO, Gorsky led the company’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help military veterans transition into civilian life.