Arthur Blank

Arthur M. Blank is an American businessman and a co-founder of The Home Depot. He currently owns two professional sporting teams based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United of Major League Soccer.

  • Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus cofounded Home Depot in 1978 after being fired from their jobs at a regional hardware store.
  • Blank stepped down as co-chairman of Home Depot in 2001 and the next year bought the NFL‘s Atlanta Falcons for $545 million (now worth $2.8 billion).
  • He brought pro soccer to Atlanta with his Major League Soccer team Atlanta United FC, which started playing in March 2017.
  • In August 2017, both of Blanks’ teams moved into their new $1.5 billion home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosted the 2019 Super Bowl.
  • In 2012, he signed the Giving Pledge and committed to give more than half of his wealth away.