Jack A. Weil: Where All The Cowboys Have Gone

By Tina Dupuy Comment

The oldest CEO in the world Jack A. Weil, inventor of the snap button cowboy shirt has died at age 107.

AP reports:

Weil’s shirts have been worn in movies by Elvis Presley, Clark Gable (in his last film, “The Misfits”) and Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain.”) Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Eric Clapton also have sported the shirts.

The price of a shirt has gone from about $2 in the 1940s to $60 and up today, mostly because the Weils kept manufacturing operations in the United States.

Jack Weil remained chief executive officer of Rockmount and went to work daily until a few days before his death, his grandson said.

We also like the quote from the NYTimes about why he still made his clothes in the US:

“I never wanted to be the richest man in the cemetery,” he said.

The weird thing is that the LAT doesn’t have an obit up for him as of this posting. Tough town.