Frederick W. Smith biography and facts

Military Person from United States of America

Frederick Wallace Emma Smith (born August 11, 1944), or Fred Smith, is the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx, originally known as Federal Express, the first overnight express delivery company in the world, and the largest in the United States. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Smith was born in Marks, Mississippi, the son of James Frederick Smith — who (before age 20) dropped his first name, expressing a preference to be known as Fred or Frederick — the founder of the Toddle House restaurant chain and the Smith Motor Coach Company (renamed the Dixie Greyhound Lines after The Greyhound Corporation bought a controlling interest in 1931). Fred Smith, the father, died while Smith the son was only 4, and the boy was raised by his mother and uncles. Smith had a great interest in flying, and became an amateur pilot as a teen. He attended elementary school at Presbyterian Day School and high school at Memphis University School. In 1962, Smith entered Yale University. While attending Yale, he wrote a paper for an economics class, outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age. Folklore suggests that he received a C for this paper, although  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Frederick W Smith,Fred Smith
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
James Frederick Smith
Windland Smith Rice Molly Smith


Company Job title From To
Founder 1972
FedEx Chief Executive Officer
FedEx President and CEO


Institution From To
Yale University 1962 1966
Memphis University School

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