Howard Levine, chairman and chief executive officer of Family Dollar Stores, turns 50 years old this year too. He was born shortly before his father Leon founded the discount variety store in Charlotte, N.C. Howard Levine has served as the retailer's CEO since 1998 and as its chairman since his father retired from that role in 2003. Leon Levine — still listed as chairman emeritus by the retailer — has been described as a “virtuoso” merchant who showed a talent for retail ever since he was ...

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