In 2005, the Harvard Business School published their selection of “The Greatest Business Leaders of the Twentieth Century.” Then, in 2007, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania published their selection of “The Most Influential Wharton Alumni and Faculty in the Wharton School's 125-year history." Only 10 people made both of these prestigious lists – Bernard F. Gimbel, Donald J. Trump, Jon M. Huntsman, Laurence A. Tisch, Leonard A. Lauder, Reginald H. Jones, Robert L. Crandall, Walter H. Annenberg, William S. Paley, and….a much less-known name, Joseph M. ("Joe") Segel.

Segel has received numerous other awards for creating new businesses, and has been referred to by journalists as "the quintessential entrepreneur." He is the only person who has been elected to both the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame and the Specialty Advertising Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Electronic Retailing Association and was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Drexel University. And, he has served as chairman of the Philadelphia Presidents Organization.

Segel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951. He went on at the age of 20 to become the youngest member of the faculty of the Wharton School, teaching Marketing 101 and 102 while running his first significant business, The Advertising Specialty Institute. That business, which evolved into National Business Services, Inc., was acquired by the Cohn Family Trust in 1961 and recently marked its 50th anniversary.

Over the past half century, Joe Segel has founded more than 20 different other companies - as diverse as publishing, minting, photography, aviation, software, hospitality and television broadcasting.

In 1964, Segel founded his first public company -- The Franklin Mint -- which soon became the world's preeminent producer of high-quality collectible items and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It also became the only private mint commissioned by foreign countries to produce their coin of the realm. Segel retired as Chairman of Franklin Mint Corporation in 1973, and the company was subsequently acquired by Warner Communications, who later sold it to a privately-owned group.

In 1980, Segel and his wife went on an African Safari. As an avid photographer, he shot over 3000 Kodachrome slides on that trip. After the trip, he selected the 10 most interesting pictures and individually produced 60 prints of each picture, which were personally signed and numbered, then marketed by The Franklin Mint as the “Portraits of a Safari” series. Those were the only pictures that Segel ever sold.

Out of the hundreds of other photos that Segel shot over the years, he has selected the favorite photos illustrated above. They are not available to the general public, but those still in stock are available to Segel's friends and family, at no charge. Requests for specific photos, signed and suitable for framing, should be sent to

In 1986, Segel founded his second public company - QVC Network. In its first year, QVC registered sales of $112 million - a record for first-year sales of a new public company. Thirty years later, with annual revenues passing the $9 billion level, QVC reaches 200 million homes in 5 countries, has more than 16,000 employees and over 10 million customers.

Segel retired from active management as Chairman of QVC in 1993, and the company is now publicly traded as Qurate Retail Group (QRTEA). Segel continued as a consultant to QVC management from 1993 to 2013, and now holds the position of QVC Chairman Emeritus.

Segel also has been active in the hospitality industry. In 1970, he and his wife acquired a small hotel property on Mont Pelerin, overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Over the next 25 years, while still living in the USA, Segel directed the growth of this property into Le Mirador Resort & Spa, which has become one of Switzerland's leading five-star resorts and one of the world's foremost destination spas. In 1997, Segel sold Le Mirador a second time -- to a German software magnate, Hartmut Lademacher. The resort is now managed by the Kempinksi hotel group, and the Spa is one of only three in the world managed by Givenchy.

Among the other private companies that Segel founded were Presidential Airways in 1975 and National Software Testing Laboratories in 1983.

Segel’s public service activities have been concentrated in the field of international diplomacy. In 1971, he was elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association of the USA. And, in 1973, President Ford appointed him as a member of the U.S. Delegation to that year’s United Nations General Assembly, where he served under U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. During that term, Segel made a landmark speech at the United Nations General Assembly condemning apartheid in South Africa, which presaged a shift in U.S. policy toward a more active role in ending apartheid. He also organized a national campaign of The Advertising Council to improve public understanding of the United Nations, chaired a national conference on the United Nations for the American Society of Newspapers Editors and testified in support of the United Nations before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During Segel’s involvement with the United Nations in the 60’s and 70’s, he met with numerous ambassadors, several foreign leaders and three U.S. presidents.

Segel was born in 1931. He was married for 54 years to Doris Segel, who passed away in May 2018. Segel have three adult children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Segel's primary residence is in Delray Beach, FL, and he has a seasonal residence in Gladwyne, PA.

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