William Levitt

Rank: 
92

For his work that has earned him the nickname, the Father of Suburbia, William Jaird Levitt was named one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Remarkable People of the Century in 1998.

He applied assembly-line techniques to the construction of homes after World War II that made them easier to build and far more affordable. The postwar rush of servicemen and women drove the housing boom and Levitt was there to fill the void. In Levittown, NY, using his assembly-line technique, he and his family company built 17,000 houses.