Creator of the famous, if impractical, automobile. He was also known for his arrest for cocaine trafficking.
He had a meteoric rise to the presidency of General Motors, but found their corporate culture too stifling and left to found his own car company.
His cars looked amazing with their stainless-steel body and gull-wing doors, but they were more expensive than most of his competitors. He also faced additional headwind from a looming recession.
He was born in Detroit, Michigan, his father working for the Ford Motor Co. and his mother an employee of General Electric. He married and divorced three times before settling with his last wife, Sally Baldwin, until his death in 2005. He had a son named Zachary and a daughter named Kathryn.
His car would forever be associated with a young, time-traveling Marty McFly in the Back to the Future franchise starring Michael J. Fox.