Donald J. Hall Sr.

Donald Joyce Hall (born July 9, 1928) is an American billionaire businessman, and the chairman and majority shareholder of Hallmark Cards, the world's largest greeting card manufacturer and one of the world's largest privately held companies. Hallmark's headquarters is in Kansas City, Missouri.

Donald J. Hall Sr.
Donald Joyce Hall

(1928-07-09) July 9, 1928[1][2]
ResidenceMission Hills, Kansas, US
Alma materDartmouth College
OccupationChairman and majority owner, Hallmark Cards
Net worthUS$1.3 billion (2015)[3]
Spouse(s)Adele Hall
Children3, including Donald J. Hall Jr.
Parent(s)Joyce Hall

Early life

Hall was one of three children of Joyce Hall, who started selling greeting cards out of Kansas City YMCAs at the age of fifteen and subsequently founded Hallmark Cards.


Hall came to Hallmark in 1953 and became assistant to the president in 1954. In 1966, after he had served as an administrative vice president and member of the board of directors of the company, Hall's father, Joyce Hall, retired as chairman, president, and CEO of Hallmark, handing full control of the company to Donald. In 1986, Hall stepped down as president and CEO of Hallmark, turning those positions over to Irvine O. Hockaday Jr., a native Kansas Citian and national businessman. Hall, however, retained the position of chairman of the board,[3]

Personal life

Hall is married, with three children, and lives in Mission Hills, Kansas.[3]

See also


  1. "Donald J. Hall". NNDB. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. Ingham, John N. (1983). Biographical Dictionary of American Business Leaders, Volume 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 529. ISBN 0313239088.
  3. "Forbes profile: Donald Hall". Forbes. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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