Asa Griggs Candler Biography
Birthday: December 30, 1851 (Capricorn)
Born In: Villa Rica, Georgia, United States
Asa Griggs Candler was American business tycoon, best remembered as the founder of the Coca Cola Company. Born to a prosperous landholder, he could not pursue his dream of studying medicine because of a downturn in the family’s fortune. Therefore, he decided to become druggist and eventually moved to Atlanta, where he started working for pharmacists, later opening his own pharmaceutical business. Shortly, he began to buy formulas and acquired considerable wealth by manufacturing and selling them. In 1888, he bought the formula of a sweet drink made out of coca, extracts of cola nut and damiana, which was being marketed as ‘Coca Cola’ by its inventor. On realizing its potential, he formed a corporation called ‘The Coca Cola Company’ and registered its trademark. He also brought about certain changes in the ingredients and began to produce it in larger quality, reaching every US state by 1895 and Europe by 1901. Also a philanthropist, he donated large sums of money to schools and universities.