175 Makers of History: Michael C. and Thalia N. Carlos

Michael C. 89H and Thalia N. Carlos
Business Leader; Philanthropists

Michael C. Carlos

Atlanta businessman Michael C. Carlos and his wife, Thalia, made transformational gifts to the Emory museum that bears the Carlos name, transforming it into one of the most significant university museums in the country.

Mr. Carlos was chair and CEO of National Distributing Company, a wine and spirits wholesaler founded by his father, a Greek immigrant.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos made their initial gift to the museum in 1981; the facility was named in his honor after a 1990 pledge, which was the impetus for a 35,000-square-foot expansion designed by architect Michael Graves. Including a gift to the museum in 1999 for the acquisition of Greek and Roman masterpieces, they gave more than $20 million to establish the museum as one of the cultural gems in Atlanta.