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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank talk as they leave the field in the Georgia Dome November 13, 2005, moments before the game between the Falcons and visiting Green Bay Packers. Carter was a guest of Blank and the Falcons for the game. The Packers defeated the Falcons 33-25. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)
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Arthur M. Blank (born September 27, 1942, in Sunnyside, New York) is an American businessman and a co-founder of Home Depot. Today he is known for his philanthropy and his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons team in the National Football League and the Georgia Force team in the Arena Football League.

Arthur Blank grew up in Flushing, New York, with his father, Max, his mother, Molly, and his older brother, Michael. Blank graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and went on to attend Babson College, where he graduated in 3 years in 1963 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He also received a honorary degree from Furman University, where the Falcons held training camp until 2002.

After graduating from Babson College, Blank was hired by Handy Dan Hardware, and worked his way up through the company to become a regional manager. He was fired in 1978 for a disagreement with executives.

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