James Leprino

About James Leprino

Who is it?: Chairman, Leprino Foods
Birth Year: 1937
Birth Place: Indian Hills, Colorado, United States
Residence: Indian Hills, Colorado, U.S.
Occupation: Chairman and CEO, Leprino Foods
Spouse(s): married
Children: 2
Parent(s): Mike Leprino Sr.

James Leprino

James Leprino was born on 1937 in Indian Hills, Colorado, United States, is Chairman, Leprino Foods. James Leprino owns the world's largest mozzarella cheese maker with $3 billion in annual sales. His Leprino Foods exclusively sells to cheese to Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut. The company also makes cheese by-products like whey protein, lactose, and sweet whey powder used in baby formula and yogurt. It started in 1950 with his father, an Italian immigrant, who had a Denver corner store that sold specialties like fresh mozzarella balls. Today, Leprino Foods has more than 50 patents. Those innovations are essentially how Leprino created the "pizza cheese" that Americans eat today.
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Famous Quotes:

Your employees have got to know you're not a phony. They've got to believe in you.



James Leprino was born circa 1938. He is the youngest of five children of Mike Leprino Sr., who emigrated from Italy in 1914, aged 16, settled in Denver, and was a farm worker before starting a grocery store in Denver's Little Italy in 1950.


After graduating from high school in 1956, he worked full-time with his Father, but due to pressure from large grocery chains, his father's store closed in 1958, so he started Leprino Foods with $615, focusing on making cheese for pizza, sales of which were booming.


From 1990 to 2017, Leprino Foods, has contributed $1,521,894 to political lobbying and with "75 to 80 percent of all Leprino political contributions went to Republicans."


Leprino is the chairman and CEO of Leprino Foods, the largest manufacturer of mozzarella cheese in the world. In October 2017, his net worth was estimated by Forbes at US$3.1 billion.

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