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# David Steward

Random fact: Wrote a book of business insights gleaned from the Bible.


Steward is the majority owner of World Wide Technology, a closely held provider of information technology hardware and services. He controls 85 percent of the St. Louis, Missouri-based business, which has more than 2 million square feet of warehousing and more than 4,000 employees. It reported revenue of $9.4 billion in 2016.

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Industry Technology
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Citizenship United States
Age 66
Wealth Self-made
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Birthdate: 7/2/1951
Family: Married, 2 children
Education: University of Central Missouri, Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration

David Lloyd Steward was born in Chicago on July 2, 1951. After moving to Missouri he earned a business degree from Central Missouri University in 1974, according to a Dec. 18, 2006 interview he gave to the History Makers.

After working as a salesman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, he joined Federal Express before leaving to found a freight analytics firm, Transportation Business Specialists. He used that experience as the foundation for World Wide Technology, which he founded in 1990, according to the company's website.

Four years later a partnership with Cisco Systems saved the company from its mounting debt and then it won business with the federal government, taking advantage of the company’s status as a minority contractor, and with companies including Papa John’s International Inc. WWT now sells bundles of products made by Dell Inc., Intel Corp. and more than a dozen others.

Steward, who lives in St. Louis, is married. He has two children and is a life-long jazz lover, according to a Sept. 29, 2017 Bloomberg News story.

  • 1951 David L. Steward is born in Chicago.
  • 1983 Founds a transportation analytics company after working at Federal Express.
  • 1990 Incorporates World Wide Technology.
  • 1994 Enters a partnership with Cisco Systems.
  • 2003 Annual sales top $1 billion.
  • 2004 Publishes book of business lessons he gleaned from the bible.
  • 2016 World Wide Technology opens regional office in Denver.
  • 2017 Receives jazz leadership award at a Jazz at Lincoln Center gala.