Marcel BICH

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Industrialist, Businessman

FrenchBorn Marcel BICH

Co-founder of Bic, the world's leading producer of ballpoint pens

Born on July 29, 1914 in Turin, Italy

Died on May 30, 1994 in Paris, France

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In 1945, Bich and his partner, Edouard Buffard, bought an empty factory near Paris, France. Bich’s knowledge of the writing instrument trade, gained while working as a production manager for an ink maker, had them starting with production of fountain pen parts and mechanical lead pencils. In 1950, Bich purchased the patent for the ballpoint pen from Hungarian László Bíró who had been producing such pens since 1943 in Argentina.

The company formed by Bich still exists as the Société Bic Group and is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.


Baron Bich also sailed; he raced for the America's Cup four times between 1970 and 1980. He was inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame in 1998.

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