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Memorable Manitobans: Philip “Phil” Kives (1929-2016)

Businessman.

Born on a farm near Oungre, Saskatchewan on 12 February 1929, son of Jewish immigrants Lily and Kiva Kives, he moved to Winnipeg in 1957 where he worked in a series of jobs, including door-to-door sales. After a short stint in Atlantic City, he returned to Winnipeg in the spring of 1962 where he founded the company that became K-Tel International in the late 1960s. It became famous for its televised advertising for a range of consumer products and music, operating in 34 countries. He owned racehorses and raced them at Assiniboia Downs. He died at Winnipeg on 27 April 2016. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Business Hall of Fame (2017).

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 May 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2021

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