Famous Mormons

BENJAMIN DAVIS
Apr 03, 2009
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With its many efficient and methodical cogs, the Mormon machine has churned out some of the most dynamic and successful individuals of our time.

One of the most outstanding is J. Willard Marriott, founder of Marriott International. This Mormon started out in 1927, selling root beer on a street corner, and within 30 years created one of the world’s most well-known and profitable hospitality-and-hotel conglomerates.

There’s also American footballer Steve Young, who descends directly from Brigham Young, one of the founders of the Mormon Church. Young quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to winning the Super Bowl XXIX, and was named the game’s “Most Valuable Player”. The all-star was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

And who can forget ’70s teenage pop sensation, the Osmonds? With their clean-cut image and lifestyle, Donny and Marie played role models to a generation of fans worldwide.

Other leading members of the Mormon community include:

• Stephen R. Covey, author of international bestseller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”;

• Gary Crittenden, CFO of Citigroup and former CFO of American Express Company;

• Orrin Hatch, a veteran US senator, having held office since 1977; and

• Ron Dittermore, director of NASA’s space shuttle programme.