Early Funding for Ameritrade Was a Loan Secured by Joe Ricketts' House and Car
(p. 1D) Even the oldest and most established companies were once a back-of-the-envelope glimmer of an idea.
That was the message Wednesday night from First National Bank's Clark Lauritzen, president of the company's FNN Wealth Management.
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TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, Lauritzen said, started his company in 1975 with a First National loan secured by his car and house; the first office was in the bank's basement. Now, the online stock brokerage employs 2,000 people in Omaha and is an industry leader.
"Joe reinvested his profits in the business year after year," Lauritzen said.
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