A PBS Documentary Honoring A Great American Business Pioneer

Pioneers: Reginald F. Lewis and the Making of a Billion Dollar Empire chronicles the life and legacy of business pioneer, philanthropist and titan Reginald F. Lewis. A Harvard Law School graduate, Lewis rose to prominence as a lawyer, venture capitalist, and leader of the global food company TLC Beatrice International.

Lewis was the first American ever to close an overseas billion dollar leveraged buyout deal. He acquired an unprecedented global conglomerate of 64 companies in 31 countries, and paved the way for future entrepreneurs and black leaders through his life’s work until his untimely death at age 50.


  • Friday, February 16 at 8pm on WLIW21
  • Sunday, February 18 at 7:30pm on THIRTEEN
  • Saturday, February 24 at 7pm on NJTV

Streams nationally at thirteen.org and THIRTEEN Explore OTT apps beginning Friday, February 16.