August Anheuser Busch IV (born June 15, 1964) is the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch who ended the family control of the company in 2008 when it was sold to InBev.
He is a great-great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch and a great-great-great-grandson of Eberhard Anheuser who originally purchased the brewery in 1860, the son of former chairman, president and CEO August Busch III. Busch is known by industry insiders as "The Fourth."
Busch's parents divorced when he was five and he lived with his mother. His time with his father was mostly at the brewery and their relationship was, for the most part, professional.
After graduating in 1982 from Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri, August Busch IV studied as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. He holds both a MBA and a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in finance from Saint Louis University. He has a brewmaster’s degree from VLB Berlin.
After graduation he followed the family tradition of starting at the bottom of Anheuser-Busch. He worked as a brewing apprentice in the Old Malt House as a union member of Brewers & Maltsters Local 6 in St. Louis, Missouri, as an intern in the Culture Yeast Center, and