Jack Welch Fast Facts

Former General Electric chairman Jack Welch gestures as he speaks on 04 November 2005 during the "World Business Forum" in Frankfurt. The World Business Forum is a symposium featuring eminent leaders and thinkers speaking on topics of the utmost importance to the business community.

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.


Birth date: November 19, 1935
Death date: March 1, 2020
Birth place: Peabody, Massachusetts
    Birth name: John Francis Welch Jr.
    Father: John Francis Welch Sr., a train conductor
    Mother: Grace (Andrews) Welch
    Marriages: Suzy Wetlaufer, journalist (April 24, 2004-March 1, 2020, his death); Jane Beasley, corporate lawyer (1989-2002, divorced); Carolyn Osburn (1959-1987, divorced)
    Children: with Carolyn Osburn: Katherine, John, Anne and Mark
    Education: University of Massachusetts, 1957, B.S. Chemical Engineering; University of Illinois, 1960, M.S., Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

    Other Facts

    He was the head of Jack Welch, LLC, established in 2007.
    Media had given him the nickname "Neutron Jack" for his no-nonsense approach to business.
    Wrote a weekly column in Business Week with his wife Suzy called "The Welch Way."


    1960 - Begins career at GE in the Chemical Development Organization as a chemical engineer.
    1972 - He is appointed general manager of the worldwide plastics division and becomes a vice president.
    1979 - Vice chairman and executive officer.
    1981 - He is appointed chairman and CEO, the youngest CEO that General Electric Corporation (GE) has ever had.
    1999 - Fortune magazine names Welch "Manager of the Century."
    September 2001 - Steps down as GE chairman and CEO and is replaced by Jeffrey Immelt.
    July 3, 2003 - Announcement is made that his ex-wife Jane Beasley Welch will receive an undisclosed lump sum divorce settlement.
    April 13, 2007 - Makes a failed attempt, with other investors, to buy the Boston Globe from New York Times Co.
    June 21, 2009 - Pays more than $2 million for 12% stake in Chancellor University System LLC which delivers online education. The MBA program will become the Jack Welch Management Institute.
    July 5, 2009 - Is hospitalized and later released after suffering a bacterial infection.
    November 2011 - Sells the Jack Welch Management Institute to Strayer University for $7 million. The sale is a 70-30 split with Chancellor University; Welch gets the 70%.
    October 9, 2012 - Welch and wife Suzy resign as Fortune magazine and Reuters contributors after his controversial tweet regarding the Obama administration and September unemployment data was criticized by Fortune.
    April 4, 2015 - Harper Collins releases "The Real-Life MBA," the new book written by Welch and his wife Suzy.
      December 2, 2016 - Welch is named to President-elect Donald Trump's newly formed President's Strategic and Policy Forum. The group will provide insight and opinions about jobs and the economy.