Humana co-founder David Jones Sr. dies

Co-founder and former CEO of Humana, Inc., David Jones, pictured with his late wife Betty, died Sept. 18, 2019 at the age of 88. (Source: Humana, Inc.)
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(AP) - David A. Jones Sr., who invested $1,000 to start a nursing home company that eventually became the $37 billion health insurance giant Humana Inc., has died at age 88.

Jones, who died early Wednesday, was a fierce advocate for profiting from health care as chief executive of Kentucky-based Humana for 37 years and its board chairman for 44 years.

Jones co-founded the company in 1961 with Wendell Cherry, investing $1,000 apiece, along with four others who put in $1,000 each. Humana eventually transformed into a large hospital company and later was converted into a health insurer.

Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard says Jones' death is a "sad day for me personally and for the Humana team." Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called him a "true giant among men."