Founder of Enterprise Rent-A- Car, philanthropist Jack Taylor has died

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) -Jack Taylor, who founded Enterprise Rent-a-Car, has died at the age of 94. A statement from Enterprise Holdings, stated that Taylor died Saturday in St. Louis after a brief illness.

In 1957, Taylor founded Executive Leasing at a St. Louis Cadillac dealership where he was a salesman. Taylor rented cars to customers whose vehicles were being repaired. Eventually the business grew into Enterprise, which allowed customers to pick-up and drop-off cars away from airports.

Forbes magazine estimates Taylor’s wealth at $5.3 billion dollars, placing him 248th on the list of richest people. Enterprise Holdings encompasses the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as Enterprise Rent-A-Car and other interests.

Taylor was one of the St. Louis area's best-known philanthropists. He has donated millions to many local institutions, including $35 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and $30 million to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Taylor is survived by his son and daughter, five granddaughters and three great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be private.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Forest Park Forever or the St. Louis Symphony.

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