175 Makers of History: Ely R. Callaway Jr.

Ely R. Callaway Jr. 40C 96H
Entrepreneur

Ely Callaway Jr.

After serving in the army during World War II, Ely R. Callaway Jr. launched a remarkable business career, bringing his innovative spirit and sales savvy to three distinct industries: textiles, wine, and golf equipment.

Starting in 1945, he spent thirty years as an executive in the textile business before leaving to turn his full attention to his California winery, which he sold in 1981 for $14 million.

Not ready to retire, Callaway bought a golf company with three employees and built it into the Callaway Golf Company, which by 1996 had become the world's largest manufacturer of golf clubs, including the famous "Big Bertha."