Donnay, Émile

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Donnay, Émile Gender: M
born on 30 September 1885 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Couvin, Belgium, 50n03, 4e29
Timezone BMT m4e2230 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 07°55' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 00°54 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 21°36'

Émile Donnay (company logo)


Belgian businessman, he founded the Donnay Sports company in 1910 as a wooden tool handle manufacturing co-operative with six employees. Emile Donnay had little education and a modest background. The company began to diversify into other wooden products, including a bow for archers, which continues to be reflected in the Donnay bow-shaped logo. In 1924 Donnay built premises in Couvin.

The company manufactured its first tennis rackets in 1934. In the early 1950s the company won a valuable contract to produce tennis rackets for the Wilson sporting goods company.

By 1969 Donnay was the world's largest manufacturer of tennis rackets. By the early 1970s, Donnay was producing 2 million rackets a year, 1.3 million of which were shipped to Wilson for distribution.

Emile Donnay died on 22 March 1972 in Couvin at age 86. His sons Jean and André Donnay continued the family business.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • parent->child relationship with Donnay, Jean (born 14 March 1925)


Source Notes

Michaël Mandl quotes birth record [1].


  • Traits : Mind : Education limited
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur