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Roberts, Lucille

Born: 1943 AD
Died: 2003 AD

1943 – Lucille Roberts born in Russia, a self-proclaimed "exercise nut," turned her passion for working out into a health club empire worth $30 million. Roberts and her family immigrated to the U.S. in order to escape religious persecution. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Business School’s Owner/Management Program.

1969 – With her husband Bob scraped together $15,000 and opened a spa in midtown Manhattan. Her goal was to offer affordable exercise facilities for women who avoided male-dominated health clubs. The concept was an immediate success and two years later, she changed the name of the club to her own.

2003 – Died on the 17th of July of lung cancer. She was 59.