Walt Disney

Entrepreneur

Walt's Background

Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois. The Disney family moved to Marceline, Missouri when Walt was 4. This is where he would grow up and go to school. Walt was the son of Elias Disney, and his wife, Flora Call Disney. Walt was one of five children.

An Entrepreneur's Story

At a young age, Walt acquired an interest for art. He would take time after school, and draw cartoons to sell to the neighbors so he could have a little extra money. Walt attended McKinley High School in Chicago, and studied art and photography. After high school, Walt would not go to attend college, but rather he would try and enlist in the army. However, Walt’s application would be denied because he was too young. Walt did join the Red Cross, and drove a "cartoon covered" ambulance in France during WWI. After returning home, Walt would try to make a cartoon company named "Laugh-O-Grams", but the company would soon file bankruptcy. Next, Walt would move to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a "big time" cartoonist. It would not take him long to begin a name for himself. He soon would be winning Academy Awards for his material. Walt fell in love with one of his first employees, Lillian Bounds. Together, they would have 2 children. Then in 1954, Disney ran its first television shows, and within the next year, Disneyland would open in California. Now Disney has another park, teenage television stations, and makes new movies every year. Walt Disney, in my eyes, was one of the world’s most important entrepreneurs