Little, Royal

Little, Royal

(1896–1989) textile manufacturer, conglomerate organizer; born in Wakefield, Mass. (nephew of Arthur D. Little). He founded Special Yarns (1923), renamed Textron (1944). He invented the conglomerate by acquiring some 70 unrelated firms which eventually replaced Textron's original textile holdings; his success sparked the conglomeration trend of the 1960s. He retired as chairman and CEO in 1960 and founded a venture capital firm.
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PETER BACON Classical Elgar: Violin Concerto Tasmin Little, Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Chandos) Tasmin Little has played Elgar's violin concerto scores of times but waited until now to record it.