Costco Chairman and co-founder Jeff Brotman dies

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Jeff Brotman, chairman of Costco Wholesale Corp., talks at the University of Washington medical building about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gift in Seattle, Thursday, April 24, 2003. The $70 million gift will be for new building construction ... for global health programs in genone sciences. (AP Photo/Ralph Radford)

Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp said on Tuesday that its chairman and co-founder, Jeff Brotman, had passed away.

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Brotman, who founded the company along with James Sinegal in 1983, died early this morning, Costco said.

Brotman, 75, had been the chairman since 1994. 

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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