DENVER - David Merage, a successful businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who lives in Denver, recently received the 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed June 3 as David Merage Day to recognize this prestigious award and his many contributions.
Merage was the founder of the ever-popular, microwaveable snack Hot Pockets. He co-founded Chef America with his brother Paul in the 1980s. He later sold the company to Nestle for $2.6 billion. But that did not stop Merage.
Now, he continues to successfully manage and lead one of the most diverse investment portfolio companies in the world - Consolidated Investment Group. He is an active venture philanthropist and heavily invests in early care and education for our youngest citizens. His innovative solution is providing business and technology support to the child-care industry and is resulting in providing greater access to higher quality early education for our youngest citizens.
One of his newest business ventures is a gourmet snack company called Funky Chunky.
Merage was born in Iran and lived there until he was 15 years old.
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