David Green (entrepreneur)

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David Green
Born (1941-11-13) November 13, 1941 (age 80)
Emporia, Kansas, US
Known for founder of Hobby Lobby
Net worth Increase US$ 5.8 billion
(January 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Barbara Green
Children Mart Green
Steve Green
Darsee Lett

David Green (born November 13, 1941) is an American billionaire and the founder of Hobby Lobby, an American chain of arts and crafts stores.

Early Life

Green is the son of an Assemblies of God[citation needed] preacher and comes from a family of preachers.[2] Green claims to have built his business squarely on biblical principles:[3] "We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles."


In 1970 Green took a $600 loan and started a home business called Greco Products in his garage assembling and selling miniature picture frames, capitalizing on a decorating fad of the time.[3] By August 1972 the business had thrived to such an extent that they were able to open their first store which had 300 square feet of retail space.[4]

Philanthropy and public positions

Green commits half of Hobby Lobby's total pretax earnings to a portfolio of evangelical ministries and as of 2012, he has donated an estimated $500 million.[5] Green has taken a public stance against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of its inclusion of a provision mandating that companies include the "morning-after pill" in their health coverage, which he considers to be an abortifacient.[6]

Personal life

Green lives in southwest Oklahoma City with his wife Barbara. They have three children. One son, Mart Green, is the founder and CEO of Mardel Christian and Educational Supply and of Every Tribe Entertainment while his other son Steve Green is President of Hobby Lobby. His daughter, Darsee Lett, is Creative Director for the Hobby Lobby stores.[3]


  1. Forbes: "The World's Billionaires - David Green" January 2015
  2. The Giving Pledge. givingpledge.org. Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Every Day Christian" "Believers in the Business World: The Green Family" by Jason Karpf April 28, 2009
  4. Hobby Lobby Corporate history. Hobbylobby.com. Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  5. David Green: The Biblical Billionaire Backing The Evangelical Movement. Forbes.com (2012-09-18). Retrieved on 2013-04-09.
  6. Hobby Lobby Plan To Defy Obamacare. Huffingtonpost.com (2012-12-28). Retrieved on 2013-04-09.

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