William F. Farley, of Pawtucket, now of Chicago, is businessman who was was chairman and CEO of Fruit of the Loom the highly successful international manufacturer and distributor of basic family apparel for fifteen years (1985-1999). Farley acquired Fruit of the Loom in 1986. Under Farley’s leadership, sales exceeded $2 billion. He has received the White House Presidential Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and the Horatio Alger Award for distinguished excellence, and has been generous in donating money to his Alma Mater, St. Raphael Academy.
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